The MGR Film City, established in 1994 in memory of MG Ramachandran, popular film actor and longtime Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, is managed by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Covering 70 acres at Taramani in Chennai
, the MGR Film City was a popular tourist spot and the setting of several South Indian films. It is just 10 km from Meenambakkam
Airport and along the route to Mahabalipuram
. The film city has a film school, indoor and outdoor shooting locations, replicas of village and urban areas, temple, church, mosque, post office, police station, prison, court room, and landscaped gardens in Italian, Japanese and
styles. Research facilities for information technology and communications are being provided by the Indian Institute of Technology
in these premises. The recently opened MGR Knowledge Park adds to the attraction.