World's first Bollywood theme park opened to a fun night of music, dance and movie madness at Dubai Parks and Resort on Thursday.

 

Despite no Bollywood stars to add their charm on the opening night, Dubai residents were thrilled to step into a world that celebrates their heroes.

 

The Khans - Salman, Shah Rukh and Aamir - each have their signature Bollywood rides. Dabangg, Lagaan and Ra.One will undoubtedly have its star following, but it also promises some fun elements for all movie lovers. 

 

As we stepped inside the park, there were massive posters of the big names in the movie business stunning us from across the line of colourful buildings. Music from popular movies filled the air.

 

There are five zones - Bollywood Boulevard, Mumbai Chowk, Rustic Ravine, Royal Plaza and Bollywood Film Studios. There's bold action, colourful story-telling and captivating dance sequences inspired by nine popular films: Rock On!!, Don, Lagaan, Sholay, Dabangg, Mughal-e-Azam, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, RA.One and Krrish. 

 

There's also a stunning Taj Mahal-like theatre, titled Rajmahal, which can seat 850 people. This theatre will be home to a separately ticketed Broadway-style, Bollywood-themed show. 

 

The organisers tell us that during the day, the park will have up to 20 live shows across five stages: Rock On!!, Crossroads, Mumbai Express, Rangmanch and Stars on Steps.

 

The park will also offer six themed restaurants that capture India’s mouth-watering culinary offerings and eight retail outlets stocking quintessential filmy fare.

 

Tickets are priced at Dh285 for adults and Dh245 for children. The park opens every day from 2pm to 10am on weekdays and 2pm to midnight on weekends.

 

Talking to Asianet Newsable, Thomas Jellum, general manager of Bollywood Parks, said he's confident that Bollywood fans will enjoy the ride.