Dreamworld starred in the next Bollywood blockbuster Heyy Babyy that will showcase Australia’s favourite theme park to a potential audience of one billion people.
The most expensive Bollywood film shot in Australia will put the destination on the map as India’s mega studios look to expand their horizons.
The Gold Coast has set their sights on India, recently embarking on the highest level trade delegation in Gold Coast history including Dreamworld and WhiteWater World International Sales Manager, Erin Rolfe.
Some of Bollywood’s biggest names including India’s top male actor, Akshay Kumar, Fardeen Khan, Boman Irani and rising super star, Vidya Balan were among the 80-strong crew to visit Dreamworld to film scenes for Hey Baby
A take on the Hollywood classic Three Men and a Baby, the $80 million Bollywood film created a buzz around Dreamworld with summer holiday crowds eagerly watching the comedy unfold.
Nickelodeon Central was transformed into an elaborate movie set as the stars and over 40 extras filmed three scenes among the brightly coloured rides and attractions.
Next, it was lights, camera, action at the world’s first and only Wiggles World, a mini theme park designed specifically for children under five and themed around Australia’s number one entertainment phenomenon, The Wiggles.
Wiggly fans crowded around to watch movie magic happen before their eyes with Wiggle House forming the backdrop for life lesson on good manners and respecting elders.
Top comic actor and director Sajid Khan then called on Dreamworld’s bustling crowd to join in the fun for a scene on Main Street with curious guests throwing themselves into the background extra roles with great gusto.
The final scene took place at Australia’s first and only stationary wave, FlowRider, with the Bollywood heavy weights showing top form on the liquid treadmill.
Akshay Kumar proved to be the Prince of the Pipe taking Australia’s hottest new board sport in his stride.
Heyy Babyy is supported by NSW Tourism, NSW Government and NSW Film and Television Office.
Sajid Nadiadwala’s production banner, Nadiadwala Grandson Entertainment became the first Indian production company to shoot the majority of their film in Australia.
Dreamworld and Gold Coast Tourism, which has opened an office in Bollywood capital Mumbai, will work closely to expand Indian tourist numbers and sees the movie industry as a logical vehicle.
Dreamworld on the Gold Coast is home to some of the tallest and fastest thrill rides in the world, Nickelodeon Central, Wiggles World, Tiger Island, The Australian Wildlife Experience, FlowRider and is home to reality television phenomenon, Big Brother.