Mumbai preview

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If there's one word synonymous with Mumbai, it's Bollywood. Mumbaikars are crazy about the Hindi films which revolve around similar plots: a couple falls in love only to face some kind of tragedy or despair - perhaps due to an evil parent or two - but, in the end, the problems are resolved and the lovebirds live happily ever after. Bollywood movies are long, about three hours, and are typically an entertaining mix of acting, song, and dance. There are cinemas all over Mumbai where you can watch films put out by Bollywood and by Hollywood as well.

But Bollywood is not the only way Mumbai can entertain you!

Recreational sports are another great source of entertainment in Mumbai. While field hockey might be the national sport, Indians are all about cricket; and Mumbaikars are just as crazy about their favorite cricket teams as Europeans are about their football teams. Drop by one of the maidans, or playing fields, in south Mumbai where pros and locals alike enjoy their beloved game.

If athletics keep your heart pumping by day, allow Mumbai's glitzy bars and restaurants to keep it thumping late into the night. In Colaba, you can take your pick of clubs to dance like no one is watching. Then cool down at swanky lounges where you can chitchat over martinis. Glamazons can dress to impress for drinks at Olive in Bandra West and rub elbows with Bollywood stars at the high-end lounges and clubs of Juhu. If the smooth and slick gang isn't your thing, hang out at down-to-earth venues like Hard Rock Cafe and Ghetto, or puff cigars and swirl your drink at single malt bars in the business district. No matter what your style is, you'll find a venue where you can dine and unwind, or party until dawn.