Saturday, November 13, 2010

Ramoji Film City

Just back from a wonderful team offsite at Ramoji Film City. Ramoji Film City is the largest integrated film studio complex in the world spread over 2000 acres situated around 25 km South-East of Hyderabad.

We stayed at the luxury hotel Sitara located inside the film city during the two day event, each day consisted of "official" activities during the day followed by buffet dinner and party in the night. The regular shows of Ramoji Film City had a really eerie impact when viewed in the night and all of us enjoyed it, even those who had seen it before in daytime on prior trips.

One of the highlights of the trip was hearing Mr Ramoji Rao talk about his life and experiences and how he came to launch Eenadu newspaper, E-TV television network and the film city.

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Detail on the wall in Mughal Gardens

They put on quite a show for us ...

The Mughal Gardens looked absolutely resplendent in the night

The Mughal architecture, gardens, lawn, fountains, waterways and colored lights blended perfectly to create a visual treat.

Detail on one of the many fountains

The full fountain

Lighted walkway next to the Mughal Gardens

Manged to cover only a fraction of the film city in the time we were there, definitely a place worth spending more time to explore.

All photographs taken with a Panasonic Lumix FH20 and processed in Lightroom 3.0. While I did not take my D-SLR due to the pain of carrying it around and safeguarding it while participating in all the activities, the FH20 did quite a decent job and I fixed the noise due to the smaller sensor and the high-ISO night shots in Lightroom.