Kingdom of Dreams is India s first live entertainment theatre and the ultimate place for leisure. It is indeed a spectacular place that brings dreams alive. Covering an area of 6 acres the cost of building the theatre was about Rs 200 crore. The theatre is owned and managed by the Great Indian Nautanki Company, which is a joint venture between Apra Group and Wizcraft. The place has two theatres, Nautanki Mahal and the Showshaa theatre. There is a cultural area and a food court called the Culture Gully. The entire area is illuminated in the night and the huge and beautifully constructed theatres and lawns are so magnetic that visitors spend hours admiring the beauty and richness of the place.
The world over ambassador of the theatre was Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan as on 19th September, 2010. One of the popular achievements of the center was the launch of the 2010 Commonwealth Games’ official theme song, Jiyo Utho Bado Jeeto by composer A R Rahman.
This theatre has the seating capacity of 848 guests and is located within the complex. The theatre is seat auditorium within the complex, with the front elevation designed like a palace. The huge theatre is a treat to watch that gives tourists a feel that they are in some wonderland. The inaugural was done with a special preview of the Bollywood musical play Zangoora- the Gypsy Prince, starring Hussain Kuwajerwala, Gauhar Khan, and Kashmira Irani. The music was composed by the popular Bollywood music composer Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, story was written by Javed Akhtar, dance choreography by Shiamak Davar, costumes by Neeta Lulla, and stunt direction by Alan Amin. Ticketed theatre show (Zangoora) is run daily that is enjoyed by the visitors. Grand events are organized that are a major attraction for elite visitors even from foreign countries.
Timings for Nautanki Mahal:
20:00 hrs to 22:30 hrs (Weekdays)
14:00 hrs to 16:30 hrs and 20:00 hrs to 22:30 hrs (Weekends)
Entry for Nautanki Mahal:
Children below a height of 3.5 feet (42 inches) are not allowed inside the theatre.
The ticket for Nautanki Mahal ranges from Rs 750 – Rs 2250 per person (based on seating arrangement) on weekdays and from Rs 1000 – Rs 3000 per person on weekends.
Culture Gully at Kingdom of Dreams:
This air-conditioned avenue covers an area of 90,000 square feet comprising of theme restaurants from 14 states of India. The décor of the joints are also in line with the state culture. Street performances, handicrafts shops and artistes are the added attraction of the gully. The gully was opened in July 2010. The main door is about 20 feet and is made of Golden lotus petals glittering with small mirrors. While entering the gate it seems as though one is entering a sparkling golden lotus flower and the feeling is amazing. The cuisines and food spreads are unique and mouthwatering.
Showshaa Theater at Kingdom of Dreams:
The theatre has a seating capacity of 350. It is an interactive theatre and reality TV shows are also performed here. The theatre is just besides the Nautanki Mahal and is as beautiful as the main theatre. The construction is rich and takes the visitors to a different world. The stage is huge and is decorated based on the event theme. Every event organized there is spectacular and attracts guests and celebrities from all over. Plays are also organized here.
The IIFA Lounge at Kingdom of Dreams:
The IIFA lounge is a resto-bar with Bollywood as its theme located on the first floor of Culture Gulley. It exhibits the Bollywood souvenirs, the IIFA Awards trophy, movie costumes etc. The Lounge was inaugurated on September 1, 2010 by Bollywood actor, Salman Khan. More than a place to drink and dine, the lounge is a place of relaxation and admiration of the rich ambience. It is a royal treat to visitors.