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Bollywood treatment for new theme park

India's first entertainment theme park will be launched tomorrow near Mumbai, with a series of rides based on Bollywood films, Hindu gods, Mughal forts and a dubious subcontinental dinosaur – and not a single Hollywood cartoon character in sight.

Adlabs Imagica, spread over 300 acres on a site between India's film and commerce capital and the retirement town of Pune, is India's answer to Disney's recent statement that the iconic Hollywood brand would never build a theme park in India because the country's infrastructure was not yet ready to meet its standards.

Indian businessman Manmohan Shetty said Hollywood had no part in his theme park because Indians had little interest in foreign films. Only 8pc of audiences watch US films, while the overwhelming majority love home-grown cinema. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent