After Shah Rukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan, it is now Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan who rides into Bollywood Parks Dubai with his Oscar-nominated film, 'Lagaan'.
The ride, 'Lagaan: Thrill of Victory' was the highest grossing film of 2001, ranking No 55 in Empire magazine’s 'The 100 Best Films of World Cinema'.
Talking about the success of the film, Khan said: “We make films with a lot of heart and emotions and some of them get this strange intangible quality which connects with people and 'Lagaan' was one such film which connected with people across the world.
"It travelled on its own, we didn’t have to do anything with it.”
The Aamir Khan Productions blockbuster film is set in the Victorian period of India's colonial British Raj.
The story revolves around a small village whose inhabitants, burdened by high taxes, find themselves in an extraordinary situation as an arrogant officer challenges them to a game of cricket as a wager to levy more taxes.
The ride however has a twist for guests of the park with Khan playing two different characters.
Commenting on his dual characters, Khan said: “I am playing two characters for this ride, one is the original Bhuvan of course, and the other is the maker of this ride, his great-great-grandson, and of course he looks very different.
"We went for a steam-punk look as his character get up, to give it a more futuristic look. He is very proud of his great-great-grandfather.”
He further added, “The ride is about giving people an exciting time, giving you a feeling of exhilaration, and it will take you back to the film.
"So for people who have watched the movie, it will be a nostalgic experience. For everyone, we wanted it to be an exciting ride, it’s very thrilling, it’s bound to give you a rush.”
Some of the distinct pieces used for the iconic character Bhuvan from the original film, have been used for the Lagaan: Thrill of Victory ride.
Located at Bollywood Parks Dubai, within the Rustic Ravine zone, guests will get to join Bhuvan and his team in a game of cricket against the British Raj through a rollercoaster motion simulator based ride that will give visitors the best point of view of a moving cricket ball.
Visitors will soon be able to purchase their dated Bollywood Park Dubai daily tickets for Dh285 for adults and Dh245 for child and senior citizens respectively.
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 Dh755.
With over 16 rides and attractions plus 20 daily live shows, spread across 1.7 million sq.ft, 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 October 31, 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 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.
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.