Kingdom of Dreams
Kingdom of Dreams
With a grand opening in September 2010, Kingdom of Dreams is well on its way to become India’s answer to Cirque du Soleil. Kingdom of Dreams was the first of its kind musical to have been opened on Indian soil. It is not only a live entertainment and theater destination but also, a very popular food and shopping destination. The show is run by a joint venture between Wizcraft and the Apara group called ‘The Great Indian Nautanki Company’. Open on all days of the week you cannot afford to miss this grand spectacle. Call me a freak or a big fan of the dance and drama, I have seen the show more than 10 times already. Designed like an Indian palace, Kingdom of Dreams offers you a luxurious experience titillating all your senses. With artists flying over you, music thumping in your heart and mouth-watering food being served to you, this place is a must go if you happen to be in Delhi anytime. Broadly speaking, there are two main areas in Kingdom of Dreams. Nautanki Mahal and Culture Gully. Nautanki Mahal is the indoor theater and Culture Gully the food and shopping
Zangoora – The gypsy prince
Zangoora was the first and the most popular musical which still runs in the Kingdom of Dreams. Zangoora is a completely star studded affair. Shahrukh Khan is the brand ambassador for the show. The cast includes popular Indian television actors- Hussain, Gauhar and Kashmira. The story is written by Javed Akhtar, the music is by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy, the choreography by Shiamak Davar and Illusions by K.S Ramesh. The story is simple and easy to understand. But the presentation is out of this world. Zangoora is a complete Bollywood entertainment package with peppy Bollywood numbers, gorgeous dancers flaunting their curvaceous bodies and 6-pack abs. The flying performers, 360 degrees show and the illusions in the show make this a truly memorable experience.
Glimpse of Zangoora
Other shows and events
Kingdom of Dreams (KOD) is by no means limited to just Zangoora. So far, several extremely successful events have been conducted in the Nautanki Mahal like, Franz Harary’s magic show, Mika live in concert, Kailash Kher live in concert. However, notable among the other shows is Jhumroo (a live theater performance almost as grand as Zangoora). Jhumroo is a tribute to the famous Indian musician, singer and actor Kishore Kumar. This show packs many surprise elements which leaves a smile on the faces of the audience for the whole day. Apart from the above, Kingdom of Dreams also hosts parties on New year’s eve and popular Indian festivals. Why I recommend the parties thrown by KOD is that, these guys know how to entertain and they guarantee an awesome evening. I was also present in the KOD New year party in 2012 and I can safely say that you will find me there on December 31st 2012 as well.
On which days should you book you ticket?
There are two very important criteria to make this decision. One is the cost of the ticket and the other is the star presence. A little more information in this domain should help you make your decision better. Prices vary a lot from Rs500 to Rs6000. Let’s consider the average priced ticket with a good view of the show. A Rs900 ticket on weekdays that is Mon-Fri costs Rs1,125 on the weekends.The other factor may have more perceived value than the first. The stars such as Hussain and Gauhar perform only on the weekends. On other days the cast is different, but equally, if not more talented than the stars.
Which seats to book?
Kingdom of Dreams follows a price differential strategy, offering different value to different customers. If you are taking your corporate clients and the company is paying for it make sure you buy the Diamond seats. If you are a family of four, then the benefits offered by different seats is only marginal. In such a case you may go for the lower priced ones, preferably in the first 6-10 rows. However, if you are a die-hard Hussain fan and want a treat, then sit where I suggest. When he opens his shirt and throws it at the audience, if you want the shirt to fall on your lap, then select second row from the front and fourth seat from the left. This I have seen from experience. Let me make it clear that, neither did I ever sit on that seat nor did I ever want his shirt. This was only as a guide to the girls.
Entertainment just doesn't seem to end in Kingdom of Dreams. Once you are outside the theater you can visit the Culture Gully. Culture Gully is essentially a food court. It has an ambiance never seen before on Indian soil. There is a restaurant representing each state of India. These restaurants are built in a way signifying the one key defining thing about the state. The restaurants offer authentic Indian food. Many local artists perform in these restaurants and get appreciation from all corners. Culture Gully is also a host to several Indian handicrafts and souvenirs. On the first floor there is an IIFA lounge. IIFA lounge plays great Bollywood music and hosts fantastic parties. The only downside to Culture Gully is that the prices are a bit steep.