Acclaimed Bollywood director Aditya Chopra is set to make his directorial-Broadway debut with his record-setting worldwide romantic blockbuster, “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.”
Released in 1995, the film that stars Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol is still running in theatres. Popularly called DDLJ, it is one of the highest grossing movies in the history of Indian cinema and the biggest IP of the country’s rich and diverse movie industry.
Through Yash Raj Films, one of India’s biggest film production studios of which Aditya Chopra is the Chairman and Managing Director, the celebrated filmmaker has directed and produced some of the biggest blockbusters in the history of Indian cinema.
After 26 years, Aditya is set to direct DDLJ again and this will mark his debut as a director on Broadway.
“Western musical theatre and Indian films are two long-lost lovers separated in time because of their intrinsic similarities as both celebrate heart-warming stories and human emotions through music and dance,” says Aditya. He has been working on this passion project for the past three years and has roped in a stellar, extremely diverse team, comprising some of the best talents of Broadway and India for the same.
“Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical” is based on an original story by Aditya. The musical will feature book and lyrics by Laurence Oliver Award-winner Nell Benjamin (“Legally Blonde”, “Mean Girls”), with top Indian songwriters Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani serving as composers. Tony and Emmy winner Rob Ashford (“Frozen”) will choreograph with associate choreographer Shruti Merchant. The design team will also include set design by Emmy and Tony Award winner Derek McLane, and music supervision by Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award-winning Bill Sherman.
“Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical” is set to be on stage in Autumn 2022, in the Broadway season of 2022-2023, with a World Premiere at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California, in September 2022.