A collection of sometimes larger-than-life street art celebrating the glory days of Bollywood.
Bombay is the home of Bollywood, the world's most prolific movie industry, churning out some 20 flix a week.
So it's only appropriate that the city finally pays homage to the cultural icons of the city's glorious film history.
The Bollywood Art Project started in 2012 creating larger-than-life murals of Bollywood legends. Its lofty aim is to transform the walls in Bombay into a living memorial to Bollywood. Go check them out.
In the suburb of Bandra. To more specific, the area around Ranwar Village, a heritage area chock-full of street art. Map.
You can read more about Ranwar Village and its art here.
BOLLYWOOD ART PROJECT (B.A.P) started with the vision of one man: Ranjit Dahiya. After arriving in Bombay in 2008 he was surprised that one of the city's biggest icons, Bollywood, didn't have much of a visual presence. So he decided to do something about it.
B.A.P. could have put up some sufficiently humongous lettering, like Hollywood did, but Bombay lacks the appropriate hills. But the city has no shortage of ugly facades that could do with a lick of paint. Being trained as a graphic artist, and having worked as a painter of movie signs for cinemas, Mr Dahiya soon found his creative mojo.
B.A.P. set up shop in Ranwar Village, a heritage area with a burgeoning street art culture, which really needed its own article, which you can find here. The legendary Mehboob Studios, where many an extra toiled for hours, hoping for a brief brush with fame, are just across the road.
Start at Chapel Rd, where the first mural appeared, a burst of colour and Bollywood iconography in the middle of rickety old houses.
As you roam the narrow lanes of Ranwar Village (dodging death-dealing motorbikes and rabid rickshaw drivers) you'll come across plenty of other artworks, including this recent mural of Manjhi - The Mountain Man, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Jesus H. Christ.
|Manjhi, looking like he's about to be crucified.|
Just around the corner is a yellow and blue tribute to Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood's first superstar (don't take my word for it: that's what the mural claims.)
|See? We're not making this up.|
|The Big B again. Photo by Shaalu Wadhwa - Instagram: Shaalutini|
|Welcome to Bandra, welcome to B.A.P.|
You can get to Bandra by train or car from South Bombay. Once there, start at Ranwar Village and Chapel Road, between Hill Rd and Mt Carmel Rd. The murals of Amitabh B. and Rajesh K. are at the corner of Bandstand and Pereira Rd. Say 'hi' to SRK if you run into him- he lives just down the street.
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