The classical movie turned stage musical is back in Delhi for its second season. Feroz Abbas Khan’s Mughal-e-Azam will return to the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium in Delhi, with six shows in four days. In its first season, Mughal-e-Azam drew audiences from far and wide who wished to watch the Broadway-like spectacle on stage. The shows have returned on popular demand as audiences could not get enough of it. This time, we bring you more plays and events that you can catch if you cannot get over this royal experience. They are happening in your city soon and you can continue living in your Mughal-e-Azam state of mind with these amazing plays, musical concert and guided tour:
Aurangzeb Ki Aakhri Raat
Want more from the Mughal era? This historical drama explores the lamentations of Emperor Aurangzeb before his demise. One of the greatest rulers, Aurangzeb was known for his treacherous ways, which led to the rise of the Mughal empire. But it is said that his last days were colored with forgiveness and sympathy. Watch the entire saga at Alliance Francaise on Feb 17.
Based on Mirza Hadi Ruswa’s Urdu novel, this play talks about the rivalry between Ameeran's father and Dilaavar Khan, how he traps her into the business of prostitution, thus earning her the name ‘Umrao Jaan’, as well as her love story with Nawab Sultan. It has a similar story to Mughal-e-Azam and you can now watch it at Lok Kala Manch on Feb 18.
Kasturba Versus Gandhi – Stage Play
Veering from royal to political, this historical drama is a dialogue between Gandhi and his wife, Kasturba. While the former is famous as the ‘Father of the Nation’, his wife was known to be a woman ahead of her times. She was also the force behind many of his achievements and her story will be revealed at Lok Kala Manch on Feb 25.
Mat Todo Yeh Vadi
While this may seem like a regular play on relationships and everyday occurrences, it is based in the troubled Kashmir valley. It explores the shared love, trials, and tribulations of a family while capturing the bitterness of several characters in the region. The drama is in Hindustani and will be staged at The Stein Auditorium in India Habitat Center on Feb 25.
Delhi Theatre Festival – Ismat Aapa Ke Naam
Motley’s collection of three short stories by Ismat Chughtai tackles controversial subjects such as the sanctity of marriage and monogamy, the lives of rural women, and the decline of the Mughal aristocracy. Naseeruddin Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, and Heeba Shah will perform at the Delhi Theatre Festival at Sirifort Auditorium on Mar 09.
Sufi Night by Nizami Bandhu
If it’s the music of Mughal-e-Azam that you can’t seem to get out of your head, then this Sufi concert by Nizami Bandhu is just what you need! They were responsible for the hit songs Kun Faya Kun (Rockstar) and Aaj Rang Hain (Bajrangi Bhaijaan). Watch them live as they take you through qawaali, shayaris, poems, ghazals, and bhajans at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Feb 25.
Oh!Taj at Oh!Max
You can relive the royal experience in its entirety with a walk through the wondrous Mughal garden and the 40-feet true-to-life replica of The Taj. Oh!Max brings to you the eternal love story of Mumtaz and Shah Jahan in a spread theatre format with a musical extravaganza, lavish dances, royal costumes, dramatic dialogues, and a 6-D movie show!
You can read our review of Mughal-e-Azam and get your tickets for the musical before they are sold out!