Bombay Dreams Headed to the Silver Screen

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Bombay Dreams, the Andrew Lloyd Webber-produced musical that first played London and later Broadway, is heading to the silver screen.
Bombay Dreams stars Manu Narayan and Anisha Nagarajan
Bombay Dreams stars Manu Narayan and Anisha Nagarajan Photo by <i>Bombay Dreams</i>

Variety reports that Sabrina Dhawan ("Monsoon Wedding") will pen the screen adaptation, which will be produced by Marquee Picture in association with the Really Useful Group. Filming is expected to begin in 2011 in India. No casting for the film has been announced.

Bombay Dreams — featuring a score by A R Rahman and Don Black and a book by Meera Syal and Thomas Meehan — was based on an idea by Shekhar Kapur and Lloyd Webber, who co-produced the London mounting. The New York production at the Broadway Theatre played 31 previews and 284 regular performances before closing Jan. 1, 2005.

Bombay Dreams tells the story of Akaash, a brash young slum dweller who dreams of becoming a Bollywood movie star and meeting his idol, the voluptuous screen siren Rani. And wouldn't you know it, his dreams come true—but not without some personal costs and a good dousing in an on-stage dancing fountain.

The production mirrors many a Bollywood musical in its lavish and plentiful production numbers, which find a good portion of the grinning Bombay population joyously dancing in unison to a propulsive beat. The show's centerpiece is perhaps the disco-ish "Shakalaka Baby," in which Rani and Akaash dance in and around a growing fountain.

The show, which brought East Indian-flavored music and dance to the West End and later to Broadway, had its world premiere at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre on June 19, 2002.

Song titles include "Salaa'm Bombay," "Bollywood," "Love's Never Easy," "Lovely, Lovely Ladies," "Bhangra," "Shakalaka Baby," "I Could Live Here," "Is This Love?," "Famous," "Chaiyya Chaiyya," "How Many Stars?," "Hero," "Ganesh Procession," "The Journey Home" and "Wedding Qawali."

The Broadway cast of <i>Bombay Dreams</i>.
The Broadway cast of Bombay Dreams. Photo by Joan Marcus
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