Ever since Umrao Jaan, the musical has been announced, the curiosity was high and finally, the musical opened with a house packed audiences in Mumbai on Tuesday i.e. May 21st, 2019 at Rangmandir, Bandra West.
The red carpet of the musical saw who’s who of Bollywood and TV industry. Composer duo Salim-Sulaiman along with the entire cast and crew of Umrao Jaan opened the media panel. They said, “We have been a huge fan of Umrao Jaan since 1981. It was a dream for us to create a musical on the backdrop of a struggle of courtesan. We have worked really hard on it and are so emotional and proud to see a packed house at the premiere.”
Other who attended the premiere were veteran Khayyam, Sonu Nigam, Talat Aziz, Aftab Shivdasani, Aditi Gautam, Shreyas Talpade, and Kabir Bedi. Others from television joined were very popular Karanvir Singh Bohra, Drashti Dhami, Sanaya Irani, Kinshuk Mahajan, Maninder Singh, Urvashi Dholakia, Juhi Parmar and many more.
Umrao Jaan is a journey of a courtesan, a story of love and struggle that is immersed in culture and opulence with traditional ghazals, thumris and qawalis.
It is the first time ever that the life of Umrao Jaan will be showcased in a theatre musical. Directed by Rajeev Goswami, it is produced by Gravity Zero Entertainment. The live music is composed by popular music maestro duo Salim-Sulaiman and the lyrics are penned by Irfan Siddiqui.
The musical will have 10 shows in the capital, New Delhi between May-June 2019. The musical is based on a novel Umrao Jaan written by the renowned Urdu novelist Mirza Hadi Ruswa and besides the courtesan, the characters Nawab Sultan, Gauhar Mirza and Khanum Jaan will also play eminent roles in the musical.
(Check out these pictures from the premiere of Umrao Jaan, the musical in Mumbai)