Aditya Chopra explains how he reimagined DDLJ as a Broadway musical

Aditya Chopra explains how he reimagined DDLJ as a Broadway musical (Photo Credits – Facebook; IMDb)

‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ (DDLJ) hitmaker and Yash Raj Films (YRF) boss Aditya Chopra’s musical ‘Come Fall in Love’ is set to open on September 14 at The Old Globe in Balboa Park, San Diego, California. , according to its makers, is “a celebration of inclusivity and diversity in a world that is becoming increasingly polarised”.

Chopra elaborated on the inspiration for the film in a statement. “I first envisioned the story of DDLJ (earlier known as DDLJ) as a Hollywood love story of a white American man and an Indian woman. My main motivation at that time was to present Indian culture and values ​​to a global audience.”

“Years later, as I re-imagine the story as a Broadway musical, my mainstay is still the same, showcasing Indian culture to a world audience. And portraying a country’s culture and values. The most powerful way to do this is to look at it from the perspective of someone who does not belong to the same culture. The story of the Indian Simran, her culture and heritage in the eyes of the American Roger ‘Come Fall in Love’ (CFIL) That’s the starting point.”

He told that CFIL is focused on Simran. “It is the story of Simran, an Indian American,” Chopra said. She is at the center of the musical story, as she struggles to balance her love for Indian tradition and her family with her love for Roger. She is a white American man who falls madly in love with Simran. and then falls in love with its culture and its country. He finds a new version of himself in the energy, values ​​and lifestyle of India.”

CFIL, according to a press statement issued by its makers, has a lot in store for India and Indians. “For the first time, an Indian director, Aditya Chopra has made his Broadway debut,” the statement read. “It is also the first Bollywood musical set to be on Broadway. It also marks the debut of Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravijani as composers. Shruti Merchant will do her first Broadway musical as an associate choreographer.

Chopra directs the cast of 30, led by Shoba Narayan (“Simran”), a Bharatanatyam dancer and Broadway performer who notably played Princess Jasmine in Broadway’s Aladdin, and British actor Austin Colby. , who plays ‘Roger Mandel’. The creative team is studded with Emmy and Tony Award winners and nominees, including Derek MacLaine (set design), Linda Cho (costumes), Jeffy Wiedemann (Lights) and Jessica Paz (soundtrack).

Chopra made it clear that he was not directing DDLJ for Broadway. “I’m adopting this as ‘Come Fall in Love,’ to tell the story of how powerful love is in uniting cultures, especially today. In 2022, the notion that DDLJ will have to come together in one story.” The vision of diverse cultures that can be adapted to present, which celebrates love and has the power to unite all, impresses me greatly,” said Chopra.

He continued: “For me, Austin Colby as Roger and Shoba Narayan as Simran are the perfect vehicles to take home this message of cultural integration in a fragmented world. … Not only is my heartfelt vision of ‘Har Rang Mein Pyaar’, as the musical concluding, but also a celebration of joy, solidarity and inclusivity in an increasingly toxic world of divisiveness and intolerance. This is my love for India. There is also a letter and we take Indian heritage with us wherever we go.

Chopra said: “In creating a new DDLJ for new moments and new audiences, I depart from certain aspects of the film that our fans respect. But I believe that ‘Come Fall in Love’ has The heart beats with everything a DDLJ needs, even it speaks, sings and dances with hope, optimism and love, for this moment, in a different place and time.”

He emphasized that DDLJ has a special place in the hearts of all Indians and hoped that every Indian would be proud that the adaptation of the cult classic film is Broadway-bound.

(For The Old Globe Run, the musical begins performances from September 1 to October 16, 2022, with the official opening on Wednesday, September 14.)

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