Bol­ly­wood play hits jack­pot in South Africa

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MPILETSO MOTUMI mpiletso.motumi@inl.co.za

THRILL, colour and en­ergy are what peo­ple can ex­pect when they watch the cel­e­brated In­dian drama A Pas­sage to Bol­ly­wood.

Show­ing at the Joburg The­atre from to­day un­til July 9, the play will be mak­ing its de­but in Africa.

Ac­claimed chore­og­ra­pher Ash­ley Lobo said the pro­duc­tion would be noth­ing short of a clas­sic Bol­ly­wood tale.

“The only dif­fer­ence is that it will be on stage. It’s like see­ing a live film on stage. The danc­ing and mu­sic and the whole sur­real un­der­stand­ing that Bol­ly­wood brings across.

“More than any­thing peo­ple are go­ing to catch the en­ergy and the drama of Bol­ly­wood,” said Lobo, who is also the artis­tic di­rec­tor and chore­og­ra­pher of the show.

The pro­duc­tion lasts for an hour-and-a-half, un­like the typ­i­cal films that tend to go on for much longer. Lobo said the show, from con­cep­tion to ex­e­cu­tion, took three months to put to­gether.

A Pas­sage to Bol­ly­wood tells the story of a young vil­lage boy who moves to the big city of Mumbai to fol­low his dream. The pro­duc­tion will also show­case the artistry of In­dian folk dance.

“We brought it to South Africa be­cause the coun­try is sim­i­lar to In­dia. They are both de­vel­op­ing coun­tries and the na­ture of the peo­ple is sim­i­lar.

“We are both fam­ily ori­ented, emo­tional, full of dance and mu­sic. I think mu­sic and dance be­comes the cel­e­bra­tion of as­pi­ra­tion in both coun­tries.”

Lobo said he has al­ready started to feel the love in SA.

“I was in the hotel and told peo­ple we were here for a Bol­ly­wood pro­duc­tion, and they started call­ing fa­mil­iar names like Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan.

“And it’s funny be­cause I have worked with both these peo­ple. They are known in SA so I think we have hit the jack­pot into the right place,” he said.

Lobo said South Africans knew a lot about ac­tors in Bol­ly­wood and would ap­pre­ci­ate the show.

“The show is full of colour and light and cos­tumes and mu­sic and dance, which is very sim­i­lar to Africa.

“So I think the peo­ple will con­nect im­me­di­ately. The story is very hu­man.”

Tick­ets to the show range from R160 to R350 and per­for­mances are from Wed­nes­days to Satur­days at 8pm and 3pm on Sun­days.

PIC­TURE: YOSSI ZWECKER

COLOUR­FUL DIS­PLAY: ‘A Pas­sage to Bol­ly­wood’ will be show­ing at the Joburg The­atre from to­day un­til July 9.

PRO­DUC­TION: Ac­claimed chore­og­ra­pher Ash­ley Lobo.

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