An ad mans dream comes true
Situated in Pirangut at less than an hour's
drive from Pune, the Narendra
Mundada's Film Studio and Acting Art Academy
is located in the cool environs of the Sahayadri
Hills. It is the dream project of
Mr Narendra Mundada who was an Ad- man- turned-filmmaker-turned-studio
Mundada has been in the industry for the last
20 years and has dabbled in fields like advertising,
marketing, market research and serials and is
one such futuristic personality who has unveiled
his ambition to launch a mega film and TV studio.
Says Mr Mundada about his ambitious dream venture,
"The entertainment industry is in the
midst of a period of tremendous growth. The advent
of TV has also given an enormous stimulus to this
industry and thereby has opened up new avenues
for imaginative, talented youngsters to explore.
In addition, Indian entertainment software is
now entering the overseas market. Many new mega
serials are on the anvil, and computerised special
effects are bound to make them tremendously interesting.
Similarly, Indian soap operas are also becoming
popular. Hence, the urge to launch a mega studio
to cater to film and TV shoots."
Presently the studio location has a hall stage
and bungalow, which are already complete. In the
next three years Mr Mundada plans to build 11
sectors that will provide for any shooting related
needs. Mundada plans to build different sets and
leave four acres vacant for people to build their
The studio will resemble a film city, as the
sectors will include a bus station, bus stand,
railway platform and station, a temple, hospital,
court, clinic, jail, police station, petrol pump,
a 22,000 sq. ft party lawn with a swimming pool,
a restaurant and a bar, a canteen, and three gardens.
Apart from this the studio will have a dormitory
for accommodation of technicians and junior artists.
He is also planning to build a five star hotel
on location for the senior technicians and stars.
Mundada has so far produced 34 ad films, about
150 jingles and has launched some 500 new faces
through his own ad films and serials. He was the
executive producer of the popular TV serial Mayur
Pankh. He was also an Assistant to producer
Pravin Bhai Thakkar in producing the Hindi
'Yeh Majhaddar', starring Salman Khan,
Manisha Koirala and Rahul Roy. He has also
been associated with some of the best technicians
in the production of Hindi and Marathi films and
Of the number of prestigious ads which have being
shot on this site, the following have made a mark
- Leo Jeans and Nilons Pickles and more
recently, the Star ad, featuring Salil Ankola,
Rajesh Chavan and Seema Kapoor.
Noted personalities from Hindi and Marathi films
regularly visit the Narendra Mundada studio site.
Time and again they have supported Mundada and
have shown their willingness to help him with
his mammoth project.
Address: # 118/B,Shri Parvati
Text: Rahul Surkund
Top floor, Prabhat Road, Erandwane,
Pune - 411004,
Phone: 543 9401 / 543 4113
Photos: Hari Krishna