In June 2002, Londons West End was taken by storm when Andrew Lloyd Webber presented a new musical phenomenon AR Rahmans Bombay Dreams. This lavish and breathtaking production which combines the glamour of the movies, heart-aching romance and epic spectacle, won the acclaim of audiences and critics alike. It was labelled as Londons "hottest most exotic new musical", "one of the wonders of the West End" and "the best musical since The Phantom of the Opera".
Salaam Bombay Dreams is an exclusive and exciting look behind the scenes of the musical and includes footage and interviews with the team behind this spectacular epic. From Madras and Mumbai, to London, you can follow the producer, the creative team and the cast as they bring together this lavish production. Glimpse into the world of phenomenal Indian composer AR Rahman, of magnificent sets, glittering costumes, inspirational choreography, superb script writing and brilliant lyrics.
From rehearsal to opening night and a Gala Performance with a visit by Her Majesty the Queen, Salaam Bombay Dreams also features the sights and sounds of the show providing a fascinating journey through this Bollywood musical hit.
The documentary Salaam "Bombay Dreams"
provides the background behind Bombay Dreams
, the Andrew Lloyd Webber-produced musical that stormed London and Broadway stages in 2002 and 2004. Lloyd Webber recounts how he became entranced by the vigorous energy and hypnotic music of India's "Bollywood" musicals, and other members of the creative team, such as composer A.R. Rahman and director Steven Pimlott (but none of the actors), discuss the genesis of the show. The 90-minute main program doesn't have a lot of on-stage footage, but there's plenty of scenes from rehearsals as well as a workshop from when the musical was in its earliest stages. There are also additional performances and music videos among the bonus features, as well as extended interview segments and other featurettes. At a total running time of over four hours, Salaam "Bombay Dreams"
is itself about as long as a Bollywood musical, but it's separated into manageable chunks and will be of interest to fans of the show or anyone who wants to see how a stage musical comes together. --David Horiuchi