Not one, but several reasons to be proud of Aditya Chopra’s musical Come Fall In Love. This is the first time an Indian filmmaker has made his Broadway debut with a Bollywood set. Composers are Vishal and Shekhar, who will also debut, while Shruti Merchant will produce her first Broadway musical as associate choreographer. In a refreshing event, Shoba Narayan will speak about her race as Simran for the first time on stage.
The musical has a cast of 30 members, 17 of whom are South Asian and Indian-American. The cast includes Amita Batra, Neha Dharmapuram, Rohit Gijare, Irvine Iqbal, Usman Ali Ishaq, Nika Lindsay, Caleb Mathura, Kinshuk Sen, Meher Mistry, Shoba Narayan, Shahil Patel, Rupal Pujara, Geatali Tampy, Vishal Vaidya, Sonya Venugopal, Bhumit Both Patel and Zain Patel were overjoyed, as this was the first time in Broadway history to witness such a multicultural cast.
Several actors have now shared their joy in being a part of this special moment.
Irvine Iqbal, who will play Simran’s father and the hooded Baldev, said: “Why don’t we secure our theaters when the South Asian community is one of the largest ethnic groups in America? Reflecting this demographic and seeing South Asian actors cast in proportion to musicals? Isn’t this the world we live in today? It’s becoming increasingly clear that audiences are becoming more diverse and want to see themselves in our reflected on the stage.”
Furthermore, he added: “If we don’t see ourselves on stage, how can there be any representation? The collective frustration of South Asian talent in the US comes from not being able to meet or audition to showcase their talent. For many with the ability to influence change of people, we are either ignored or ignored.”
Rupal Pujara, who will play Simran’s mother on stage, shared: “I am so grateful to Aditya Chopra for pursuing his long-awaited dream of adapting DDLJs to the stage. Come Fall In Love is updating the beloved by expanding the narrative of its female characters The classic DDLJ. In this version, Lajjo is not only a devoted wife and mother – but she is also strong, affectionate and witty. This work is a step forward for South Asian women. It serves a wider audience Seeing our stories provide space.”
Both Sonya Venugopal and Nika Lindsay are honored to have the opportunity to have South Asian talent welcomed with open arms.
Sonia shared: “I grew up feeling that authentic representation of South Asian culture was always lacking and I was always looking for a way to be seen and heard in this industry. I think CFIL allows audiences, especially South Asians, to be in that Seeing myself on stage. I’ve never seen, let alone attended, a show where at least half the company is South Asian, so it’s a huge milestone.”
Nika Lindsay added: “It’s a real honor to be able to be part of a South Asian performer. Before working for COME FALL IN LOVE, I had never seen, nor participated in, a work I saw myself represented on stage, Not to mention I feel like being seen in COME FALL IN LOVE. So it was a dream come true to stand with 16 other South Asian artists and tell a story inspired by one of the most beloved films in Indian cinema.”
Nika also details that as a brown-skinned woman, she never thought she’d be part of a project she was considered to be most people. She said it was a groundbreaking move that hopes to open more doors of opportunity for South Asians inside and outside the industry.
Shoba Narayan, who also stars on the cast, said: “As an Indian-American actor raised by Indian immigrant parents, we had an Indian musical headed to Broadway, which was very personal and monumental to me. Yes, he loves Bollywood movies, Broadway and Indian fine art. It’s such a proud moment to see our Indian culture so authentically celebrated and represented on the biggest stage in the world. It’s been my life and my career Going for it. Hopefully this will be the first of many.”
Kinshuk Sen, who plays Kuljit – Simran’s husband-to-be in the musical, said: “We have one of the biggest South Asian actors I’ve ever seen on a Western stage, and they’re also directed by a creative team that’s also mostly South Asian. From Delhi , but having lived and worked in the U.S. for almost a decade, I’ve been pretty much always the only person of color in every circle I’ve been involved in, let alone the only Indian. So being my voice to be represented and heard To be a part of the team, it’s so positive and accurate, it means the world to me. Our culture is so beautiful, but I feel like we never got what we deserved in the West…until now!”
Vishal Vaidya, who will play Ajit – Kuljit’s father, commented: “As a Gujarati-American who grew up dancing Garba, Raas and Bhangra, when I pursued musicals, I felt like I had to give up that part of my identity. .Theatre. But here I am, speaking Gujarati in rehearsal with our amazing associate choreographer Shruti Merchant and dancing with an extraordinary desi artist on our show. Feels like coming home. “
Neha Dharmapuram shared the sentimental incident when an actor mentioned it to her, saying: “One of my actors said to me what bothered me the whole time was ‘there could be a young South Asian girl tonight Will be among the audience who will discover her dream for the first time. I tell myself every day at work that just by showing myself and my passion, I might give other South Asian creatives the courage to pursue their dreams. Not only that, I would love to see this Having Donanians in an arts career on one stage gives parents the confidence to support their children in non-traditional careers.”
Another coveted actor, Caleb Mathura, stressed the importance of representation. He added, “Representation is always important, but its impact is so evident in the art world. I’ve met people from all over the country who watched the show. They came to San Diego not only as fans of the movie, but as Someone who longs to feel celebrated, embraced and respected. Our show gives them that feeling. I hope this is just the beginning of telling India’s story on the American stage.”
From the tech crew to the cast – Come Fall In Love has raised awareness of the importance of inclusivity and diversity. It’s a diverse celebration of cultural unity that helps remove barriers. The producers also mentioned a lovely song – “Love in Every Color”, which further sheds light on the prominent theme.
One of America’s most prestigious theaters – The Old Globe has announced an expansion of the aforementioned musical based on popular demand. The show, which started just last week, has received an overwhelming response from audiences and will now run until October 23, 2022.