Performers dancing in the Bollywood extravaganza.
The final dance scene in eight-Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire thrust Bollywood and its crazy, colorful and fun choreography under the mainstream spotlight. One of the largest film production industries in the world inspired smash-hit musical The Merchants of Bollywood, a celebration of the industry's vitality and extravagance, that is heading to China. The effervescent stage show provides an exciting, exotic look inside the entertainment-driven Mumbai-based industry.
The Bollywood musical is a story of families, dynasties and dreams. It tells the story of Ayesha Merchant, her grandfather Shantilal Merchant and the clash of dreams between different generations. Produced by Australian Mark Brady and written and directed by Toby Gough, the plot is based on the real-life story of leading film choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant and her family. Merchant herself is the choreographer of The Merchants of Bollywood.
According to Brady, a dinner with director Toby Gough in an Indian restaurant in New Zealand was the origin of his inspiration. In the restaurant called "Bollywood"they were captivated by surrounding screens showing films that featured glamorous heroines dancing in bright colors, brimming with energy. The plan of making a Bollywood musical began to take shape.