Worli, in South Mumbai, was one of the original seven islands that constituted the city of Mumbai. It became a mill area and the British Development Department (BDD) built the earliest "chawls", providing Mumbai's workers and middle-class residences (a "chawl" is the Indian name for a 4 to 5 storey-high building, with 4-5 tenements per floor, each housing a family, usually with shared toilets).

Since the late 1970s, Worli has been one of Mumbai's busiest office areas. Though Worli is primarily a commercial district, the Worli Sea Face is a major residential area, lived in by a very upscale crowd, the rich and famous of Mumbai. The Worli Sea Face is a pretty landmark, and can be seen in many Bollywood movies.