Villa Rashmi is a one-of-a-kind 100-year old heritage villa in Mumbai with over 50 rooms, located on a dead-end road in the heart of the suburb of Malad. The villa itself is a part of a larger Bhadran Bhuvan Estate that includes two plots on its North and South. The North plot of approx 10,000 square feet is integrated with the villa and its compound.
Villa Rashmi has been carefully restored to its original state as when it was built in 1920, with authentic Victorian antique furniture, high wooden sloping ceilings, spacious and bright rooms with heritage tiles, private balconies, large verandahs, courtyard et cetra, but fitted with modern amenities for today’s living.
The restoration has been lovingly carried out singlehandedly, without engaging any architect or interior designer, by the daughter of the owner, initially as a surprise for her parent’s golden wedding anniversary in 2017 and subsequently, for the use and enjoyment of the beautiful property and its conveniences by her father (who was born in this villa) and his friends.
The heritage villa has evinced interest from a lot of creative directors, artists, photographers etc over the years. They have appreciated the architecture and the ambience of the property.
Celebrity actors like Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Padmini Kolhapure, Rajkumar Rao, Kunal Khemu, Kay Kay Menon, Kalki Koechlin and many and directors like Mahesh Bhatt, Anurag Basu and others have spent many happy days shooting at the villa.
Over a hundred commercials, feature films, webseries and photoshoots have been created in Villa Rashmi in the last 2 years and it has become a popular destination for shootings because of the warm graciousness of the host family and the facilities that they provide.
The owner permits only selected exclusive shoots in certain areas by production houses who undertake not to cause any damage. The areas permitted for shooting are the exteriors, frontyard and backyard, certain interior rooms on the first level and second level, that have been prepared for shoots, and the verandahs. All shooting areas would be available without or with limited props, as decided by the owner.
The owner, Haresh Patel, was born in this historical house, that was built by his father, Manibhai Patel in 1912, for use as a private guest house.
Manibhai Patel, a grassroot Patel, hailed from Bhadran, one of the 6 villages in the Kheda district and Charotar region of central/ southern Gujarat. The other 5 villages are Nadiad, Sojitra, Dharmaj, Vaso and Karamsad. This community comprising land-owners or village chieftains who established these 6 villages, were Aryans, Kshatriyas who migrated from Pamir Highlands in Central Asia (Tajikistan) via Afghanistan to Punjab and then to central and south Gujarat. Known to be bold, brazen bravehearts, this particular chha-gaam Patidar community is unlike any other in Gujarat because of this background.
Some of the illustrious members of the community include:
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, India’s first deputy Prime Minister | I G Patel, former RBI governor | Bhaikaka Patel, the founder of Vallabh Vidyanagar Dr Dinesh Patel, a professor at Harvard Medical School | Kanti Patel, an MP of Zimbabwe | V V Patel, a judge in Kenya.
Bhadran is in the Anand district. Bhadran was nicknamed the “Paris of Gaekwad state” due to its prosperity and civil works carried out by Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III, the visionary ruler of Baroda. Today Bhadran is considered to be one of the cleanest towns in the nation.
Such a WOW place. Mystic. Lovely place. Wish you the best for completing 100 years to this place. Lovely people. Love.
Thank you so much. My team had a great time shooting at this location. Thanks, to the people that live here, for their patience and co-operation. The shoot was trouble free and the location so apt for my film. I will definitely recommend this location to anyone who needs a similar background. With lots of love..
Thank you for allowing us to shoot in the premises of this wonderful property! Villa Rashmi oozes heritage and the exotic old world charm! It is absolutely well maintained without losing any of its ethnicity! Kudos! We had a brilliant time shooting here! Our gratitude for your patience, cooperation and hospitality. More power to you! God bless!
Kay Kay Menon
A hidden gem! In the chaos of the Mumbai traffic, the hustling of the Mumbai local trains... right in the middle of all the Malad (E) chaos, time stopped for me as I entered Villa Rashmi! This place is magical, in all its retro glory, its simplicity and its old world charm... a treat to be alive and experiencing it. Lots of love.
A charming place. Enjoyed shooting here. Amazing ambience.
Such an amazing property!!! I’m enjoying each day of my shoot here at Villa Rashmi. So comfortable, grand and peaceful inspire of being in Mumbai’s chaos! Above all I can feel the warmth and care in each corner which simply reflects on the Patels! It was great meeting Deval and her parents, extremely hospitable and welcoming. I haven’t been in so much comfort at a film shooting in a long time. It is an extremely spacious and well-maintained property, well looked after by Mr Mishra and his team. Would love to come here more often. Keep up this great property! Lots of love and light.
You have a lovely home and we are lucky to get to shoot here. Thank you for being wonderful shoot hosts. Also Cooper adds a lot of charm to the location... Love
A very homely atmosphere, didn’t feel like it was an alien location. My best wishes to the entire family. Hoping the industry would make maximum use of this rare heritage! Cheers & Goodluck!
Lovely old style rooms, very cinematic!
Villa Rashmi is a film-maker’s delight! A great place to shoot. A home-cum-studio!! Love
Would like to personally thank you for the opportunity you gave us to shoot here. It’s been very homely a feeling with a lot of peace of mind and good vibes. Being the last day of shoot, we all shall miss being here and love to visit again. You have an amazingly cosy, lovely, warm, self-contained and positive space. Please let this be forever like this. Stay blessed.
I thank you for allowing us to show your beautiful home as our home in our story for Times Studio. It is such a wonderful place you have and it speaks of so much character from the earlier years. The space, especially the stunning balcony on the first floor, is a treat for film makers and the entire structure is so picturesque. I had such a lovely time acting here and you are such a wonderful host to your guests. I hope I get a chance to be in another story which is shot in this very beautiful “Villa Rashmi”, named after your mother. Thanks again and be blessed.
Rituraj K Singh
Villa Rashmi - beautiful place of beautiful people.
Everything about Villa Rashmi echoes excellence! The property garden, rooms and views are picture perfect and provide a deep calmness to the eyes and soul. To see such a spacious pretty house in the midst of this bustling city is in itself a rarity. The owner of this property is very welcoming and extremely helpful and ensures that anyone visiting this place goes back with a great experience. The staff too is very cooperative. We had a great time shooting here and wish to be back again to this warmth. You have an amazingly pretty and positive space. Please take care of this place so that it stays like this forever. Lots of love and best wishes from Team Chhalaang.
Luv Ranjan, Ashish Kathapal, Rajkumar Rao
Thank you so much for your hospitality. Such a lovely place! Reminds me of my small little cottage in my hometown. Please keep it just as it is. It has a charm that should not be tampered with. Lots of love
I shot here at your Villa Rashmi. It was my first visit. Very nice place reminded me of old charm. Wonderful place. Wishing you all the best.
Shooting in your bungalow was an amazing experience!
Beautiful property. Old world charm. Loved the vibe. Don’t ever change it! Be blessed.
It was an absolute pleasure working here. What a beautiful gem in the middle of Bombay. Thank you and hope the crew leaves the place the same way they found it! Regards
Thank you for sharing your lovely, charming home with us!
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Villa Rashmi, Bhadran Bhuvan Estate, 13 A & B Manchubhai Road, Malad (East), Mumbai - 400 097