“Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical” is the subsequent massive Broadway-bound musical getting its roots in San Diego. The Previous Globe formally opens the manufacturing Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022.
The play is an adaptation of a beloved Indian movie, the 1995 Hindi-language rom-com musical “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.” It is the story of Simran, an Indian-American younger girl with an organized marriage awaiting her in India. However first, she units out on a summer time journey throughout Europe, the place she meets another person.
The stage adaptation is by prolific Broadway lyricist Nell Benjamin, and new music from the Mumbai-based musical duo referred to as Vishal and Sheykhar. Vishal Dadlani and Sheykhar Ravjiani spoke with KPBS Arts producer and editor Julia Dixon Evans, and this is their dialog.
Vishal, are you able to give our listeners a way for the story and why this authentic movie has been so enduring and so beloved?
Vishal: So “Come Fall in Love” the musical is predicated on, or is slightly an adaptation of an Indian movie known as “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge,” popularly referred to as “DDLJ,” which is a seminal agency within the historical past of the Indian movie business . A movie that has transcended being a narrative and develop into form of a part of the material of contemporary Indian tradition. Why this occurred, I feel, is due to the fantastic thing about the love story and the truth that on the core, the movie talks in regards to the commonality of human emotion. The movie itself is about the truth that individuals are individuals, throughout varied kinds of boundaries of, say, tradition and so forth and so forth. And the musical is about that as nicely. It is about unifying individuals from throughout varied backgrounds. It is in regards to the assembly of cultures via the love of two younger individuals. Inside a couple of minutes of beginning to watch the musical, it is your story. Wherever you are from and no matter your background is, it is your story. In order that’s, I feel, why individuals relate to it so strongly.
Sheykhar, I used to be questioning what your personal background is with the unique movie, whether or not you’d grown up watching it and perhaps how that formed your strategy to penning new music?
Shaykhar: I feel it’s totally uncommon to seek out anybody who will not be a giant fan of the movie. The movie got here out within the yr 1995, and I bear in mind going and watching this movie with my spouse, and I used to be 19 years previous once I went to see this movie. It simply grew to become an iconic love story… and nonetheless it has been talked about. Each character is spoken about even right now, each line, each dialogue, each comedian second is even utilized in on a regular basis banter, even now. This film continues to be in theaters proper now. And when Adi (Aditya Chopra, the unique filmmaker and director of The Previous Globe’s manufacturing) form of provided us this script, which was really an adaptation of “DDLJ,” we had been very excited and really thrilled as a result of all of the reminiscences of the songs, all of the reminiscences of the dialogues, the characters within the movie… it simply took us a bit time to determine the way to disconnect from the movie, as a result of it is a completely new adaptation altogether. And for Vishal and I, we instantly jumped into what Nell had written. Nell has written — she’s the writer and the author for “Come Fall in Love.” She’s written all of the songs down, lyrics and e-book. After which we form of began making music and we realized one thing actually, actually cool — we now have 18 model new English songs which we have composed in “Come Fall in Love.” And the film has, I feel, 5 or 6 songs that are very talked-about. However we have made 18 new songs for “Come Fall in Love.”
Vishal, what are a few of the parts or the songs which were maintained from the unique film?
Vishal: I simply wish to say that there are hat tricks to the songs from the movie, as a result of we’re followers as nicely, however they do not function as songs — as a lot as they function as transitions and moments. The viewers explodes with pleasure once they discover these little Easter eggs that we have popped into the underscores or the storytelling. And I feel it is magical to see that. It is magical to see the impact that nostalgia nonetheless has on our audiences. And it is also magical to see that we’re capable of give them a completely new story with totally new music and simply hints of the unique songs, and all of it works as one due to the universality of the story itself of “Come Fall in Love .”
Vishal, on the flip facet, what are the largest issues which have modified on this adaptation?
Vishal: The basic factor is that that is now a narrative of the assembly of two cultures. It is the story of the American tradition, in addition to the Indian tradition or the Indian-American tradition assembly via the love of those two characters, Roger Mandel and Simran Singh. For no matter it is value, that in itself is a serious change. There’s additionally totally new music. The songs are very celebratory. India is a big character on this present. India is correct up entrance and middle. Sheykhar and I, once we set out to do that, one of many elementary issues we actually wished to form of have working as a thread via all of it, was that anybody who watches it, when you’re South Asian and also you watch it , you’re feeling such as you’re dwelling and you’re feeling such as you wish to go dwelling. You’re feeling such as you wish to reconnect together with your roots. And when you’re not South Asian, you’re feeling all the identical issues, however you wish to attain out and be taught extra about India or South Asia. You wish to be a part of that tradition, of that sound, of that music, of the colours and the enjoyment and the magic and the vivacity of that a part of the world.
So the movie was a narrative of an Indian boy and lady, nevertheless it was conceived as this story by Adi (the unique filmmaker and director of The Previous Globe’s manufacturing) when he was a younger author writing his first movie. What he wished to make was a narrative of the love between an American boy and an Indian-American lady and inform of the assembly of the 2 cultures. And each cultures discovering understanding.
And Sheykhar, have you ever had any pushback from massive followers of the unique? What has the reception been like to date?
Shaykhar: My reception has been completely good. Really, within the final about eleven — final twelve previews, the response has been — it’s totally bizarre, however the response has been that ‘we like this higher than the movie.’ And numerous South Asian individuals coming in and them really reacting like this, that it is higher than the movie, offers us much more pleasure and confidence that, ‘sure, we’re doing one thing proper.’ And for lots of non-South Asian people who find themselves coming to look at the present, they’re planning their subsequent go to to India and actually wish to know extra about our colours, our competition, our individuals, our tradition, our meals, all of Merchandise. So I feel it is going very well and we will not look ahead to the present to open.
So, Vishal, I wished to shift gears and speak a bit bit about your profession and the work you’ve got carried out to date, composing and producing music throughout many genres. You have additionally written for lots of films. How was this mission completely different than writing movie music for Hindi cinema?
Vishal: Nicely, that is one thing that we began actually when the world shut down due to COVID. We had been all having a tricky time. Everybody was having a tricky time, and staying stage in that point was fairly troublesome. That is the mission that stored us wholesome, stored us linked, stored us stage. And whereas we had been all in numerous places — Sheykhar and I had been in numerous places, Adi was within the third location in India and Nell was, in fact, in New York. And we had been linked by Zoom and dealing on this magical piece of storytelling. And I feel that is what introduced us some pleasure. We have carried out, as Sheykhar stated, 65 or 70 movies, 350 or 400 songs, just about 99.5% of that will be in Hindi. And this was a possibility to showcase Vishal and Sheykhar songwriting to a completely new viewers in a completely new medium and fully new language, as nicely. So very thrilling for us, an enormous problem as a result of clearly, something based mostly on DDLJ additionally has to remember that the unique is so iconic. You do not wish to mess with that. You wish to get it proper. You wish to go a step additional, a step forward.
And I feel the first operate of the music was to carry “Come Fall in Love” to the individuals as their story, which is what we tried to do.
“Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical” opens Sept. 14 at The Previous Globe, and is on stage via Oct. 16, 2022.