Ahmedabad: The magic of Mughal-e-Azam, the stage adaptation of K. Asif’s magnum opus, after a successful run in Mumbai and New Delhi over the last two years, will make its way to Ahmedabad, with the 96th staging of the play taking place in the city this March.
Touted as the biggest theatre production in the country, with Mughal era costumes designed by celebrity fashion designer Manish Malhotra and set design by Neil Patel, director Feroz Abbas Khan says his ode to the classic 1960 historical epic was inspired by a colourized version of the film that he saw in Hyderabad on the insistence of noted actor Shabana Azmi.
“I have a long association with Ahmedabad and its people. It is wonderful to bring Mughal-e-Azam to this beautiful heritage city and I am looking forward to the response from the audience. The people of Gujarat have an innate love and understanding of theatre, and we felt it was important to come and perform the play in Ahmedabad,” said Khan, who is known for his play Tumhari Amrita (1992) and his film Gandhi, My Father (2007).
The play, which ran through seven sold-out seasons in Mumbai and Delhi, features the actors singing classics such as “Jab pyar kiya toh darna kya” and “Mohe panghat,” with the dance sequences choreographed by Mayuri Upadhya.
Mughal-e-Azam: The Musical won the awards for best play, best director, best original choreography, best original costume design, best original set design, best original lighting design and best ensemble cast at the BroadwayWorld India Awards earlier this month. Produced by the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) and the Shapoorji Pallonji group, the play stars Nissar Khan, Priyanka Barve, Neha Sargam, Sunil Kumar Palwal and Dhanveer Singh.
Mughal-e-Azam: The Musical will run from 8-11 March at the Arena by TransStadia, Maninagar.