Fans no longer need to go to the theater to get their dose of Bollywood, as a theme park in Dubai is based entirely on Indian cinema
Fans no longer need to go to the theater to get their dose of Bollywood, as a theme park in Dubai is based entirely on Indian cinema. Bollywood Parks Dubai opened on November 17. Some of its key attractions include a Sholay-themed laser gun arena where visitors take up Jai and Veeru’s place as they hunt Gabbar Singh’s dacoits and an interactive 3D ride where they get to ‘chase’ Don. Lagaan: The Thrill Of Victory, treats cricket fans to a 3D simulator where they can experience the match between Bhuvan and Captain Andrew. “It was as if I was the cricket ball and we were being hit all around, it was really great and I will come back with my friends,” said Ali Asgar, a student. Russel D’Souza, a hospitality manager, added, “It was so realistic that it was a surprise. This will work for younger or older audience because of the fun factor.”
While Krrish: The Hero’s Flight was not operational on the day of the launch, it is slated to be running within the next week. It is a 4D flying theater ride that puts fans in the shoes of the superhero as he defeats aliens that are trying to take over the planet. Yet another 4D ride was RA.One: Unreleased, which showed G.One and Ra.One locked in a battle to the death. This ride, however, received a mixed response at its opening. “The overall set up is great but now, you see more futuristic and better VFX in movies, so it was a bit of a disappointment,” explained Kunal Bilakhia, an auditor.
Other attractions included Dabangg: Stunt Spectacular Show, Lagaan: Champaner Cricket Carnival and Rajmahal Theatre, which hosts musical performances. Even the restaurants are theme-based, taking you back in time with a Mughal-e-Azam-theme or entertaining with modern hits with their restaurant based on Rock on!
While many of the rides are not yet functional, Thomas Jellum, general manager of Bollywood Parks, assured visitors that they would be operational in a few weeks, saying, “We are expecting to put the missing rides into action in a few days, by (Dubai’s) National Day, we will have one or two more rides.”