The 1960’s epic movie Mughal-e-Azam is all set to dazzle Delhi theatre audiences this September in the form of a musical, after enthralling audiences in Mumbai for over four seasons. The historical epic is being bought to life by director Feroz Abbas Khan and promises to stay true to the classic.It is also being touted as India’s biggest theatre production with a cast of over 175 actors.The musical is a tribute to the epic movie that starred stellar actors Dilip Kumar and Madhubala. The cult classic Mughal-e-Azam was actually based off of a play written by the late Imtiaz Ali in 1922, which was staged in Lahore as ‘Anarkali’.That very play was watched by K. Asif who then decided to make a film out of it.Some of the most legendary people from the movie industry were associated with the film.
The musical tells the timeless love story of Prince Salim and the courtesan Anarkali,which is the stuff of legends.For the love of that beautiful young woman, Salim rebels and goes to war against his father Emperor Akbar. Mughal-e-Azam,the musical, has a contemporary feel to it and also makes an effort to be relatable to the modern day audiences.According to director Feroz Khan,the narrator of the play is a sculptor,who stitches together the various scenes for the audiences. There is also a dream sequence, which showcases both Hindu & Muslim customs;there is also an added Rajasthani folk song in the musical.There are a total of seven songs and a few interludes.
As expected,the artists would be singing,dancing and performing quite like a Broadway production.The play will take place at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Delhi.One can expect a spectacular show full of stunning theatrics,song & dance as also beautiful visuals and multiple projections as well with the help of some high-tech infrastructure.
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When it comes to aesthetics, the costumes have been designed by none other than ace fashion designer Manish Malhotra,whereas the choreography has been done by well-known artist Mayuri Upadhya.For Manish Malhotra, this is his first foray into any theatre production. To reflect the grandiose and glamour of the era,he has designed the costumes using everything from Gujarati Bandhini,Zardosi to Banaras brocades, velvets and silks.There was also the added effort of making the costumes light weight to enable quick changes between scenes.
For a truly beautiful spectacle of a show,narrating the iconic story of love, go watch this visually stunning play coming to Delhi soon.