An internationally acclaimed Australian-produced musical The Merchants of Bollywood is set to perform live at the Palladium in Dubai Media City starting on 21 January 2010 for three nights.
In a first for the Middle East, the show is being staged in Dubai after a sell-out international tour including London, Berlin, Hamburg, Vienna, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Frankfurt, Munich, Geneva, Kuala Lumpur and Paris. The Merchants of Bollywood has received rave reviews with The Times of London describing it as “high octane pleasure.”
The Merchants of Bollywood is based on the true story of Ayesha Merchant, the granddaughter of Shantilal Merchant, one of Bollywood’s most respected and lauded choreographers from the Hindi film industry’s golden era.
Ayesha was taught Indian classical dance by Shantilal in their home in Rajasthan and had hopes to continue the family tradition. However, she is enticed by the romance of Bollywood and dreams of making her name in the film world. Going against her grandfather’s wishes, she abandons home for Mumbai where she became a great success in the film industry. But despite fame and fortune, the emotional pull of her ailing grandfather draws her home and into the arms of her childhood sweetheart Uday.
The story takes the audience into the extravagance and escapism of Bollywood - the world’s most prolific film industry and one of India’s biggest income earners. With humour, drama and emotion the story unfolds in high-energy dance routines by a cast of 40 performers with 1600 costume changes and over 3000 pieces of jewellery. The music is by Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman who was responsible for the Slumdog Millionaire movie soundtrack. Which won the Critics' Choice Award, the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score, the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music, and two Academy Awards for Best Original Music Score and Best Original Song at the 2009 Oscars.
“I was dazzled by the show in Paris and now this world-class production is coming to Dubai,” said Cathryn Gaspar, CEO of Dubai-based production company Full House.
She added: “The Merchants of Bollywood was extremely popular in Australia and has just finished a hugely successful European tour where over 500,000 tickets were sold. This is a major theatrical production for Dubai and a first for the United Arab Emirates.”
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