Shahrukh Khan Teams up with Bollywood Parks Dubai for Don: The Chase Ride
Behind the scenes of the making of Don: The Chase – Bollywood Parks™ Dubai’s thrilling 3D immersion tunnel
‘King of Bollywood’ to shoot for his first Bollywood theme park ride
With the launch around the corner, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, the world’s first Bollywood inspired theme park and part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the largest integrated theme park destination in the region, set to open on October 31 2016, brings yet another first with its biggest cinematic association. The park has partnered with Shahrukh Khan to shoot the high speed chase scenes for its immersive 3D ride – Don: The Chase which will premiere at the opening of Bollywood Parks™ Dubai.
While shooting for the ride, Shahrukh Khan said, “The park is a mix of rides, excitement and adventure, while staying true to the ethos of Bollywood. Films are a reflection of reality where we strongly believe in our hopes, and the same will be translated to the park where you will have fun!” At Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, we will emulate this larger than life spirit, as we want to leave our guests and families spellbound at the end of each ride.
With the fans and families of Dubai waiting for the opening of the first Bollywood inspired theme park, the fine detailing of the elements recreated from the actual movie witnessed during the chase, will cast the feel of being a part of the movie.
Getting back into his character from the movie, the star was seen reciting his famous dialogues, especially for the thrill seekers who can’t wait to experience this ride. Commenting on the ride, he said, “This time the chase is in Dubai, on the very famous Sheikh Zayed Road and also other famous landmarks of Dubai. As the famous dialogue of the movie goes – ‘Don ko pakadana mushkil hi nahin, namumkin hai’ that means it’s not only difficult to catch Don, but impossible as well.”
Directed by Reema Kagti, one of Bollywood’s finest directors, this ride was completed with the support of over 100 members from the production team. Under the guidance of the Don movie producer, Ritesh Sidhwani and the lead actor Shahrukh himself, the team ensured that every aspect of the ride should exude the essence of the original movie, so that the fun begins right at the start as visitors enter the ride pre-show area and immediately become a part of the story.
He further added, “A movie star is made by the team, who work’s behind him or her. You feel completely redundant and useless, if you don’t have a good team supporting you. The star of the show carries a lot of his own notion on the set and if it is channeled in the wrong direction, then the whole set or the making goes wrong. But if it is nice, then it permeates to everyone and the hard work required does not seem like ‘hard’ work at all.”
Located within the Mumbai Chowk zone at Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, visitors will enjoy the Don – The Chase ride, a 3D motion immersive tunnel, which will have visitors chasing their favourite diabolical mastermind across the city of Dubai, hoping that they will be the first to catch him. Paying tribute to Bollywood’s hometown, the Mumbai Chowk zone will also provide unique offerings such as a recreation of the famous Victoria Station, built alongside a classic Mumbai suburban railway train offering typical Indian curries while showcasing performances on its roof – the Mumbai Express stage – will bring to life the colours and sounds of this vibrant city.
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Ultimate theme park enthusiasts can purchase the Bollywood Parks™ Dubai Annual Pass which includes limitless access to the World’s first Bollywood themed park at AED 755. With over 16 rides and attractions plus 20 daily live shows, spread across 1.7 million sqft, the Annual Pass will provide visitors with unlimited access to B_Spellbound, while unlocking a host of exclusive benefits and rewards.
Scheduled to open on 31st October this year, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai is part of Dubai Parks and Resorts which will also feature MOTIONGATE™ Dubai – a unique theme park showcasing some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate as well as the region’s first LEGOLAND® Park and a LEGOLAND® Water Park. The entire destination will be connected by Riverland™ Dubai – a retail and dining destination at the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts, and guests can stay at the Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian themed family hotel part of the Marriott Autograph® Collection.
Bollywood Parks™ Dubai
Bollywood Parks™ Dubai a part of Dubai Parks and Resorts™ is a first of its kind theme park showcasing the authentic Bollywood experience. Bollywood, the Hindi language film industry based in Mumbai, India is one of the largest centres of film production in the world.
Located just before the Dubai-Abu Dhabi border in the United Arab Emirates, the park will feature cinematic rides, thrilling attractions and entertaining live shows that bring to life the action, music, dance and drama of Bollywood.
Bollywood Parks™ Dubai will recreate the Bollywood experience through themed attractions and rides spread across five zones: Bollywood Boulevard, Mumbai Chowk, Rustic Ravine, Royal Plaza and Bollywood Film Studios featuring Hall of Heroes. Visitors will experience bold action, colourful story-telling and captivating dance sequences inspired by nine popular films or IPs: Rock On!!, Don, Lagaan, Sholay, Dabangg, Mughal-e-Azam, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, RA.One and Krrish. Bollywood Parks™ Dubai is also home to the stunning 850-seat Rajmahal Theatre that will house a separately ticketed Broadway-style, Bollywood themed musical. During the day, the park will have up to 30 live shows across six stages: Rock On!!, Crossroads, Mumbai Express, Rangmanch, Stars on Steps and Cinema Circle.
The park will also offer six themed restaurants that capture India’s mouth-watering culinary offerings and eight retail outlets stocking quintessential filmy fare. Set to open in October 2016 within the Dubai Parks and Resorts™ destination, Bollywood Parks™ Dubai will cover 1.7 million square feet.
Dubai Parks and Resorts PJSC (DFM: DUBAIPARKS), will become the Middle East’s largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment destination when it opens in October 2016 comprising three separate theme parks: MOTIONGATE™ Dubai, a Hollywood movie inspired theme park concept; LEGOLAND® Dubai, the first LEGOLAND theme park in the Middle East; and Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, a first-of-its-kind family theme park that will showcase rides and attractions based on the authentic Bollywood experience, It will also host the LEGOLAND® Water Park, the region’s first water park catering to families with children aged 2-12. Expected to open in late 2019, Six Flags Dubai will be destination’s fourth theme park and the region’s first Six Flags theme park.
The entire destination will be connected by Riverland™ Dubai – a uniquely themed retail and dining destination at the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts, and guests can stay at the Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian themed family hotel part of the Marriott Autograph Collection.
The large-scale AED 13.2 billion development is spread across 30.6 million square feet of land located on Sheikh Zayed Road opposite the Palm Jebel Ali in Dubai equidistant to Dubai and Abu Dhabi International Airports. 6.7 million ticketed visits are expected in 2017, the first full year of operation.