World’s first Bollywood theme park opens in Dubai

Bollywood Parks Dubai opened on Thursday with fanfare, fireworks, dance, music and simulator 4D shows based on hit Hindi-language movies.

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The 1.7 million-square-feet Bollywood Parks is part of the Dh10.5billion Dubai Parks and Resorts complex. Victor Besa for The National

DUBAI // Bollywood Parks Dubai opened on Thursday with fanfare, fireworks, dance, music and simulator 4D shows based on hit Hindi-language movies.

Visitors were greeted by ­performers dancing to thumping Bollywood music across the park with some atop a mock-up of a suburban Mumbai railway train and others outside the ­Rajmahal theatre, which will stage live musicals.

Ali Asgar, a grade seven student, enjoyed a cricket-themed simulator in a section dedicated to blockbuster Hindi move Lagaan.

“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,” he said.

Russel D’Souza, a hospitality manager also enjoyed the experience.

“It was so realistic that it was a surprise,” he said.

“You felt you were being whacked by a bat.

“This will work for younger or older audience because of the fun factor.”

The 4D theatre experience, Ra.One: Unleashed, based on Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan’s science fiction film, met with a mixed response.

“I wanted more action and more thrashing of the villain,” said Bollywood fan Ali, 11.

Kunal Bilakhia, an auditor, said he liked the sets but Ra.One could have been better.

“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.” More info

By   www.thenational.ae

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