Yash Raj Films announced today that it will bring its most popular film, DILWALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE (DDLJ as it is called throughout India) to the stage in the 2022-23 Broadway season as the new musical COME FALL IN LOVE – THE DDLJ MUSICAL. COME FALL IN LOVE – THE DDLJ MUSICAL will play a World Premiere at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego with an opening night in September 2022. The film DDLJ premiered in 1995 and is the longest running film of Indian cinema which is still running in theatres.
COME FALL IN LOVE – THE DDLJ MUSICAL is the story of Simran, a young Indian-American woman whose future is set: an arranged marriage back in India to a family friend. But when she convinces her very strict dad that she should spend a summer of freedom and fun in Europe, she falls for the charming Rog, and her careful, logical plans go out the window. Can she be true to both her heritage and her heart? Can carefree American Rog win over her traditional father? Take a whirlwind trip from Boston to Europe to India as cultures collide in the stage musical adaptation of the beloved hit romantic comedy film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
The family owned Yash Raj Films is the largest film studio in India and has produced some of the biggest blockbusters of Indian Cinema. Headed by Aditya Chopra, he returns to directing for the 50th anniversary of the studio. DDLJ was Chopra’s directorial debut, the historic romantic film is one of the highest grossing movies in the history of India’s rich and diverse movie industry.
The creative team will bring together Indian and US based artists. Based on an original story by Chopra, the musical will feature book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde, Mean Girls), top Indian songwriters Vishal Dadlani & Shekhar Ravjiani will serve as composers. Tony and Emmy winner Rob Ashford (Frozen, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Boys from Syracuse) will choreograph with associate choreographer Shruti Merchant. The design team will also include set design by Emmy and Tony Award winner Derek McLane (Moulin Rouge!, Hairspray Live!, 33 Variations) and music supervision by Bill Sherman. Adam Zotovich serves as Executive Producer.
A global casting search begins shortly headed by Duncan Stewart of Stewart/Whitley casting and Yash Raj Films casting head Shanoo Sharma. Information on the Broadway dates, casting and additional creative team members will be announced at a later date.