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Feature - BIG ND Studio

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 lproduction 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)


Journey began in a 10 by 10 chawl room in a joint family at Worli, in downtown who later moved to the far-flung suburb Mulund.

Desai’s earliest brush with the artistic world dates back to school vacations in his native place Dapoli in Konkan, “I would venture into the woods and find branches and twigs and shape those into various playthings like gulli-danda and swords,” he reminisces happily, “Nature is my biggest inspiration,” he adds. 

  • Desai’s father loaned him a princely sum of Rs 2.5 lakhs to launch his own photo color lab.

  • Business was good but Desai yearned for bigger goals.

  • His Mami (maternal aunt) who is a Bengali empathized with his creative ambitions and urged him to join films.

  • She introduced him to noted art director Nitish Roy who commissioned Desai to develop some under-exposed rolls, “He was so impressed with the results that he asked me to join him,” he relates.

  • It was on May 9, 1986 (he recalls the date very fondly) that Desai set his first foot on a film set where Govind Nihalani’s tele-serial Tamas was being shot.

  • “I worked there for 13 days and nights recreating Punjab at Film City, I was so mesmerized by the three-dimensional world of the sets that I even forgot to inform my mother about my new job,” he laughs

  • Chandraprakash Dwivedi’s epic tele-serial Chanakya was Desai’s first independent assignment.

  • The turning point of his career remains Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s 1942 - A Love Story. One town square set cost Rs 60 lakhs back in 1993, “Everybody advised Vinod against the set but he asked me if I was confident and I said 200%! The film won me accolades and awards galore.”

He hasn’t looked back ever since – carpentry, fabrications, plastering, coloring, aging the sets (by adding broken pipes and peeling paint etc) and then adding property to the sets became the essence of his being. It’s been 23 glorious years of art direction for him now!


BIG ND STUDIO marks the advent of sound stage shooting of International standards in India. The studio floors have sync sound facility. The floor forms the longest studio floor in Asia (40 feet height).

The studio is well equipped with innovatively designed overhead catwalks for comfortable working providing total lighting flexibility. The studio offers access to lakes, mountains & sets resembling Mumbai & to that matter many European locations.

The studio boasts of A – Z facilities required for Film Making. It has got a huge spectrum of facilities available & possible in the industry.

Right from script reading, to set designing & post production activities, BIG ND STUDIO has an expertise to handle mega projects to its best capacity.

Facilities at a glance:

  • Two sound-proof air-conditioned floors

  • Permanent sets of 1600 feet of Bombay town square

  • Red Fort and Jaipur Fort

  • Corporate office block

  • Make-up rooms, chalets and accommodation for the stars and crew.

  • Prop Room wherein artifacts that have been used in set designing till date have been stored.

  • Corporate floor where parties can discuss about the project

  • Helipad

  • Luxurious rooms

  • Lab

  • Transportation

Mission & Vission

  • Preferred studio destination in the world on par with Hollywood for creation of Indian and International entertainment content.

  • To make world’s biggest studio and work with best director, producer, technicians in India & internationally.

Contact Detail -

BIG ND Studio

Chawk Phata, karjat road,
Khalapur, Dist Raigad, 
Maharashtra, India 
Tel: 00 91 2192 273354   Fax: 00 91 2192 273403

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