Shah Rukh Khan & Kajol’s DDLJ To Now Be A Broadway Show As Aditya Chopra Takes It To America!


Shah Rukh Khan & Kajol's DDLJ To Now Be A Broadway Show As Aditya Chopra Takes It To America!
Shah Rukh Khan & Kajol’s DDLJ To Now Be A Broadway Show As Aditya Chopra Takes It To America, Read On! (Pic Credit: Wikipedia, IMDb)

Yash Raj Films is the most important Indian studio and its Chairman and Managing Director, Aditya Chopra, has directed and produced a number of the largest blockbusters within the historical past of Indian cinema. His debut directorial, the historic romantic movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, which was launched in 1995, remains to be operating in theatres. Popularly referred to as DDLJ, it is likely one of the highest-grossing films within the historical past of Indian cinema and the most important IP of the nation’s wealthy and various film business.

After 26 years, Aditya Chopra is ready to direct DDLJ once more and it’ll mark his debut as a director on Broadway. He strongly feels Broadway and Indian movies are ‘two long lost lovers separated in time’ due to their intrinsic similarities as each rejoice heart-warming tales and human feelings via music and dance. Aditya has been engaged on this ardour mission for the previous three years and has roped in a stellar, extraordinarily various staff, comprising a number of the greatest skills of Broadway and India for a similar.

Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical is being produced by Yash Raj Films. Based on an authentic story by Chopra, the musical will function e-book and lyrics by Laurence Oliver Award-winner Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde, Mean Girls), prime Indian songwriters Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani will function composers. Tony and Emmy winner Rob Ashford (Frozen, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Boys from Syracuse) will choreograph with affiliate choreographer Shruti Merchant. The design staff can even embrace set design by Emmy and Tony Award winner Derek McLane (Moulin Rouge!, Hairspray Live!, 33 Variations) and music supervision by Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning Bill Sherman (In The Heights, Sesame Street, Hamilton). Adam Zotovich is the Executive Producer for the mission.

Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical is ready to be on stage within the Broadway season of 2022-2023, with a World Premiere on the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in September 2022. A world casting search begins shortly headed by Duncan Stewart of Stewart/Whitley casting and Yash Raj Films casting head Shanoo Sharma.


Summer 1985. I used to be 14 and on a vacation in London. My dad and mom took my brother and me for our first musical theatre expertise. The lights dimmed, the curtains lifted and what unfolded within the subsequent 3 hours left me speechless and shocked. Now, until then, I used to be a child who was an avid film watcher and what I beloved probably the most was massive display Indian blockbusters. But that day what I noticed on stage blew my thoughts. I couldn’t consider that this sort of spectacle might be created stay on stage. But probably the most vital side that resonated with me was how related musical theatre was to our Indian movies. It was simply not the truth that each use songs to inform the story, it was rather more than that, it was the sensation they evoked which was precisely the identical. The burst of colors, the heightened drama, the passionate singing, the unabashed dancing, a traditional story, a contented finish. It stuffed me with the identical pleasure and feelings {that a} good Indian movie does. I realised then, that worlds aside, languages aside, western musical theatre and Indian movies are two lengthy misplaced lovers separated in time.

Autumn 2021… I’m embarking on my most formidable mission until date. I’m reuniting two lengthy misplaced lovers, Broadway Musical and Indian Films. 26 years again I began my profession with a movie referred to as Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ, what it’s extra famously often known as). The movie created historical past and adjusted my life and lots of others ceaselessly. But what many don’t know is that I by no means meant to make DDLJ in Hindi. As a 23 12 months outdated younger man vastly influenced by Hollywood and American popular culture, I assumed I might make a few Indian movies after which I might be off to Hollywood and make DDLJ for a worldwide English talking viewers with Tom Cruise as my main man. That clearly didn’t occur. DDLJ launched in 1995 and have become the longest operating movie of Indian cinema. It gave me my identification and kickstarted a tremendous journey for which I’ll all the time be grateful.

26 years later I’m going again to my authentic imaginative and prescient of the story of DDLJ, a love story of an American boy and an Indian lady, a love story of two cultures…two worlds. But this time the medium is just not cinema however theatre. 26 years later I might be directing DDLJ yet again however this time as an English language Broadway Musical for a worldwide viewers.

I’m terribly nervous and extremely excited. I’m a hardcore cinema man, I’ve by no means performed theatre in my life and right here I’m making an attempt to tug off the craziest ambition of my life. But what’s giving me confidence is the implausible staff that I’ve. Each certainly one of them are masters of their discipline and their brilliance and experience goes to make this a implausible present. The previous 3 years as we’ve developed this ardour mission, I’ve learnt a lot from them and found the unbelievable expertise that the Broadway group has. I really feel 23 once more, the identical age I used to be after I directed DDLJ. I’m as soon as once more a scholar, every certainly one of my staff members is extra skilled than me on this planet of theatre, I’m the rookie and I’m loving each second of it. I’m all set to be taught, discover, create and luxuriate in with these great theatre artists and the magical world of Broadway Musicals.

See you on stage in Autumn 2022 with Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical

Aditya Chopra

Quote from Nell Benjamin

“DDLJ was my introduction to Indian filmmaking before I even knew who the amazing Aditya Chopra was, and the movie had such joy and heart that I fell in love with it. I was so happy to be approached to do the musical and I hope my work helps everyone fall in love with Simran and Rog and their journey across multiple cultures to love. The world can always use a little more cultural understanding, and I can’t wait to sit in a theater with an audience sharing the joy and surprise of Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical.”

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