BIG ND Studio – “Where dreams come true” and Desai stresses, “Bring your ideas and we will give them wings.” BIG ND STUDIO is like a one-stop mall for movie makers.
A verdant world amidst nature’s landscape, just 90 minutes away from Mumbai, Karjat exemplifies the scenic beauty of the Deccan plateau between Mumbai & Pune.
Mr. Nitin Chandrakant Desai saw much more in one conglomeration of valleys, mountains & vegetation, he envisioned a huge studio complex – “ND Studios”. Desai studied Universal Studio in Los Angeles, Disney World, Pinewood Studios in UK, Bavaria Studio in Germany and then drew out the plan of a dream studio – N D Studios!
Mr. Desai searched for an appropriate plot of land and when he sighted the 46 acres in Karjat, “It was love at first sight,” he admits.
Set on outskirts of Mumbai at Karjat, the sprawling ND studios owned and promoted by ace art director Nitin Chandrakant Desai, has attracted the attention of Hollywood studios as well.
- Spread over 40 acres in Karjat, ND Studio was rechristened Big ND Studios after Reliance acquired 50 per cent stake in it. Since the acquisition, Desai continues to manage while Reliance Entertainment is focusing on scaling up the studio.
- The long-term goal is to make it the biggest studio in the world on the lines of Universal Studios in Hollywood.
- His connection with Reliance – Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group collaboration has given a big fillip to Desai’s expansion plans – Big N D Studios is set to acquire an additional 228 acres.
- The extension plans will accommodate 12 sound stages, SFX facility, post production studios, processing labs & preview theatres.
- Studio will be upgraded significantly to cater to Bollywood and Hollywood needs.
- Leading the pack is 20th Century Fox, which has plans to shoot its television serial at ND studios.
- ND studios is also in talks with Walt Disney studio for shooting of the latter’s film on ancient, present and futuristic India
Besides this, French film company Gaumount is also going to shoot its upcoming movie Templar at ND studios after monsoon.
AIM of BIG ND Studio:
- ND Design, ND Construction & ND Studio all under one roof
- Make available Production Infrastructure & Production design services for Motion Pictures, TV Content, Advertising films & Other AV Content
- The business essentially entails Infrastructure hire & Creative Services related to above verticals
- Physical Infrastructures – Shooting Floors – AC Sound stages, Set Construction Services, Exterior Locations, Props, Equipments, Post-Production, Lab, Special Effects Studio, Production Support Services (costumes, Accommodation, Transportation, Catering)
- Creative Infrastructure – Production Design, Consulting Services, Special Events (design & set)