Indian cinema’s iconic film ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ is being adapted into a musical play form. It will be directed by Aditya Chopra. There will be a new cast in that musical play. The musical play will feature books and songs by Lawrence Oliver Award winner Nell Benjamin (Legal Blonde, Mean Girls) and Top Indian Songwriters and Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani as composers. Aditya Chopra revealed the reason for directing this musical play Broadway. He has issued a note for this. In it he said, I am going to start this my most ambitious project in the winter of this year.
Aditya further says, I was very much influenced by Hollywood and American pop culture and I thought that after making a few Indian films, I would go to Hollywood and make DDLJ for a worldwide English speaking audience with Tom Cruise as the main lead. Obviously this could not happen. DDLJ released in 1995 and became the longest running film of Indian cinema. It gave me my identity and started an amazing journey for which I will be forever grateful to DDLJ.
The story for musical Broadway will be different. This is a love story of an American boy and an Indian girl, a love story of two cultures… a love story of two worlds. But this time the medium is not cinema, but theatre. It will take the form of an English language Broadway musical for audiences around the world.
I have never done theater in my life and now I am trying to fulfill the most crazy ambition of my life. But my wonderful team has given me confidence. Each member of the team is a master in their respective fields and their excellence and expertise will make it a great show. We have developed this soulful project over the last three years and I have learned a lot from him during this time.
I feel like I am 23 years old again. At the same age, I directed DDLJ. I have become a student once again. Every member of my team is more experienced than me in the world of theater. I am a newbie and enjoying every moment of it. I am fully geared up to learn, discover, compose and enjoy with these amazing actors of theater and the magical world of Broadway musicals.