Bollywood is coming to Broadway.
“Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical”, based on Indian filmmaker Aditya Chopra’s 1995 hit “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”, which has become a cultural touchstone in contemporary Bollywood, will open in the 2022-2023 season , the producers announced on Friday. .
The film, which was Chopra’s first director at the age of 23, is a romantic comedy that tells the story of Simran, a young American Indian who arranged to marry a convincing family friend. her father strict that she should have a summer fling. in Europe first. (A charming American throws a wrench into her logical plans.)
Chopra, who also wrote the film, commonly referred to as “DDLJ” and whose title translates to “The Braveheart Will Take the Bride,” said in a statement Friday that he was delighted to marry the worlds of theater and film. in the project he will lead.
“Twenty-six years later, I return to my original vision of the story of ‘DDLJ’, a love story between an American boy and an Indian girl, a love story between two culturesâ¦ two worlds”, did he declare. “I am terribly nervous and incredibly excited.”
The show will be produced by Yash Raj Films, India’s largest film studio, and it will be a collaboration between an American and Indian creative team. Neil Benjamin (âLegally Blondeâ, âMean Girlsâ) will write the book and lyrics, with music composed by Indian songwriters Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani. The choreography will be by Rob Ashford, who won a Tony Award for âThoroughly Modern Millieâ, with a set design by Derek McLane (âMoulin Rouge!â, âHairspray Live!â).
The musical will have its world premiere at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego in September 2022, with Broadway dates to be announced later.
“DDLJ”, which went on to become one of the highest grossing Indian films of all time, was a hit with critics as well as at the box office and placed 12th on the British Film Institute’s list of best. Indian films of all time.
Writing for RogerEbert.com in 2012, Omer M. Mozaffar described the film as a Bollywood version of a Disney princess story, with a young woman “feeling trapped by traditional patriarchy, seeking freedom by discovering the world, but eventually finding her through silence, but inappropriate love.
A global casting search is underway.