Experiential travel now takes you behind the scenes in Bollywood

Online marketplace Airbnb adds Bollywood Insiders, a limited-edition festival for virtual engagement with film industry favourites, to their ‘experiences’.

Airbnb today announced the launch of Bollywood Insiders, a 10-day festival of engaging Online Experiences that brings India’s storied film industry to life. Hosted by the industry’s top talent, guests from around the world will get a chance to experience Indian culture by going behind the velvet rope of a Bollywood set and interacting with its larger-than-life personalities.

Bollywood Insiders will run from August 13 to 22, 2021, featuring seven unique Online Experiences. From learning about audition preparation techniques with ace director Farah Khan, to an intimate fireside chat with International Emmy nominee Arjun Mathur and putting your best sartorial foot forward with celebrity stylist Tanya Ghavri, guests can experience first-hand, the rigorous training and preparation faced by their favourite Bollywood stars. 

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Reach for the stars. Image: Courtesy: Airbnb India.

Through the programme, guests will get a sneak peek into the making of their favourite Bollywood movies and stars. “We are thrilled to launch Bollywood Insiders, a campaign which pairs India’s love for the movies with Airbnb’s collection of unique and authentic Experiences. This programme aims to provide our community with the rare opportunity to interact with popular personalities from Bollywood and learn directly from these experts. We look forward to continuing to create additional experiences that will foster further connection amongst guests,” says Amanpreet Bajaj, General Manager, Airbnb India, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Speaking about the campaign and his partnership with Airbnb, actor Arjun Mathur says, “As an actor, I have always believed in paying-it-forward and I cherish every opportunity to share my knowledge with others – whether they are aspiring actors or simply fans of cinema. My collaboration with Airbnb gives me a chance to share my learnings from the industry with a larger audience that is as fascinated with the movies as I am. I have been an Airbnb Host for some years now, since I listed my Goa villa on the platform, however this is the first time I will be hosting an Online Experience. I look forward to connecting with movie enthusiasts from around the world and taking them through the nuances of the trade.” 

Film director Farah Khan says about the interaction she has planned, “My mantra in life is to have fun no matter what it is that you are doing and that is the spirit I bring to my Online Experience on Airbnb. My ‘Behind the lens’ experience is going to be an hour of fun-filled conversations with a fun round of auditions where guests will get to deliver their favourite movie dialogue in front of me. I’ll also share a lot of behind-the-scenes anecdotes from my experience directing Bollywood films and skill building.”

All Online Experiences are now available for booking (from 10 am on August 10), on a first come-first served basis here.

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Actor Arjun Mathur, director Farah Khan and fitness trainer Shivoham, and many other Bollywood insiders are all offering Airbnb Online Experiences that you can book. Image: Courtesy Airbnb India.

The festival line-up offers the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the life of an actor during an unscripted chat with Arjun Mathur who will share his personal journey and touch on the skills and traits that fuelled his stardom.
  • Discover the secrets of movie making with Farah Khan who will also share tips on preparing for auditions.
  • Cook some of the most indulgent cheat meals favoured by Bollywood stars with award-winning chef Vicky Ratnani.
  • Jam with Bollywood playback singer Shilpa Rao.
  • Get style tips from celebrity stylist Tanya Ghavri who has worked with popular Bollywood figures such as Kareena Kapoor, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Sara Ali Khan, among many others.
  • Begin a rewarding fitness journey with trainer-to-the-stars Shivoham, who has sculpted the likes of Ranbir Kapoor, Aamir Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez.
  • Get photo fabulous with beauty icon Namrata Soni’s make-up session based on her experience with Deepika Padukone, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, Janhvi Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan, to name just a few.
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Celebrity stylist Tanya Ghavri at work. Image: Courtesy Airbnb India.

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