Mumbai, October 23 - Aditya Chopra is all set to mark his Broadway debut as a director with "Come Fall in Love — The DDLJ Musical", based on his 1995 blockbuster "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge". The musical version of Chopra's Bollywood directorial debut will open during the 2022-23 season, producers announced on Friday.
Chopra said in a statement that while DDLJ changed his and many others' life forever, he never intended to make this film in Hindi. "As a 23-year-old young man greatly influenced by Hollywood and American pop culture, I thought I would make a couple of Indian films, and then I would be off to Hollywood and make DDLJ for a worldwide English-speaking audience with Tom Cruise as my leading man", he said.
"Twenty-six years later, I'm going back to my original vision of the story of DDLJ, a love story of an American guy and an Indian girl, a love story of two cultures … two worlds", he added. "But this time the medium is not cinema but theater. 26 year later I will be directing DDLJ all over again but this time as an English language Broadway musical for a worldwide audience".
He added, "I'm terribly nervous and incredibly excited".
The show will be produced by Yash Raj Films, and it will be a collaboration between an American and Indian creative team. Nell Benjamin ("Legally Blonde", "Mean Girls") will write the book and lyrics, and the Indian songwriters Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani will compose the music. Choreography will be by Rob Ashford, who won a Tony Award for "Thoroughly Modern Millie", and Derek McLane ("Moulin Rouge!", "Hairspray Live!") will design the set.
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 marked Chopra's debut as director at the age of 23, was both critically and commercially hit and is one of the highest-grossing Hindi films of all time. It is placed 12th on the British Film Institute's list of the top Indian films of all time.