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Bol­ly­wood’s mu­si­cal ver­sion of ‘Romeo and Juliet’

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KAR­ISHMA DIPA

IT HAS been dubbed the Romeo and Juliet of Bol­ly­wood and now the mu­si­cal ver­sion of the film, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, is com­ing to Joburg.

Pro­ducer, di­rec­tor and chore­og­ra­pher Shivani Kara told the Sat­ur­day Star that the “Gaut­eng au­di­ence was starved for lo­cal pro­fes­sional Bol­ly­wood pro­duc­tions” and reck­oned this mu­si­cal would sat­isfy their crav­ings.

She said the mu­si­cal re­ceived rav­ing re­views when pre­sented in Dur­ban in 2012 and she hopes for the same re­ac­tion when it makes its de­but at Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre.

“We did this pro­duc­tion in 2012 and we had 12 sold-out shows,” she said.

“The au­di­ences wanted to know why, af­ter sit­ting for two-and-a-half hours, the show was short? So, for Gaut­eng, we have changed the script and changed the mu­sic to suit the times.

“Every song was se­lected for the pur­pose of telling a story and en­hanc­ing emo­tions. We have added a few ex­tras to leave the au­di­ences mes­merised.”

Kara took a five-year hia­tus from her stage pro­duc­tion work but de­cided to stage her come­back with this mu­si­cal.

“It has the per­fect mix for all Bol­ly­wood fans and, to cel­e­brate my come­back, I found this to be the per­fect show­case to wow the au­di­ences.”

She added that the mu­si­cal, which is the work of Eastern Moves Pro­duc­tions, in­cor­po­rated a mul­tira­cial cast.

Kara ex­plained that she con­sid­ered the hugely suc­cess­ful Bol­ly­wood film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai to be as un­for­get­table as Shake­speare’s Romeo and Juliet, and it was for this rea­son that they de­cided to base the mu­si­cal, writ­ten by Yu­jir Ram­per­sadh, ac­cord­ingly.

“The movie made peo­ple all over the world want to see more Bol­ly­wood, en­cour­aged us to cre­ate this mu­si­cal, as love, friend­ships, strife, heart­break and joy are part of ev­ery­one’s life.

“What bet­ter way to project th­ese emo­tions than through dance and mu­sic, the Bol­ly­wood way?”

The show will run from De­cem­ber 7 to 9. Tick­ets are avail­able at Com­puticket and Gold Reef City Box Of­fice.

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