A New Studio Aims To Lure Hollywood...But Red Tape May Prove Too Scary

Inside a giant soundstage, black-clad Indian stuntmen rehearse fight scenes for a Hindi film on a fantastic, cave-like set. A giant waterfall dominates one corner, a weirdly angled steel staircase glows blue and green. The room is guarded by 15-foot-tall heads--part ancient Egypt, part Easter Island. Such outlandish fantasy is typical of the Bombay-based Hindi film industry, which churns out hundreds of movies every year. But this set was not dreamed up in Bombay. It was created by the Maya--or illusion--department of Ramoji Film City, a new studio outside Hyderabad.

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