WATCH: Mughal-e-Azam musical wows Qatar audience
Qatar crowds were left spell-bound by the multi-award winning musical Mughal-E-Azam, which was presented in the country for the very first time.
Staged at Qatar National Convention Center's Al Mayassa Theatre, from December 19-20, the world-class performance depicted the timeless love story of Prince Salim and courtesan Anarkali bringing to life the grandeur of Mughal Emperor Akbar’s palace in a mesmerizing, vibrant stage set-up.
A galaxy of talented performers skillfully engaged the capacity-audience as the scenes unfolded, showcasing the conflict faced by Mughal Emperor Akbar who was torn between his responsibility toward the future of his empire and his duty as the father of his beloved son, Prince Salim.
Directed by Feroz Abbas Khan the story of Mughal-e-Azam was delivered in catchy dialogues and an overall brilliant performance that kept the audience glued to their seats until the very end of the performance.
Mughal-e-Azam marked the grand finale of the Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture and was brought to Qatar by Q-Tickets.
With seven Broadway World Awards and 175 sold-out shows worldwide, the musical brought together a total of 125 Indian talents to showcase live singing and dancing performances and promising acts on lavish stage sets.
Mughal-E-Azam, a Broadway-style musical, is based on the 1960 Bollywood film of the same name, directed by K Asif and produced by Shapoorji Pallonji.
The musical is produced by Shapoorji Pallonji Group.
The 1960 K Asif film was inspired by a play called Anarkali, written in Lahore in 1922 by dramatist Imtiaz Ali Taj.
Feroz Abbas Khan had wanted to recreate the film onstage since he saw the black-and-white film re-released in color in 2004.
It is the first large-scale Indian Broadway-style musical that remained in production for 10 months.
The show had been well received by critics in the media and entertainment industry. In 2017, it won seven out of the fourteen BroadwayWorld India Awards including Best Play, Best Director, and Best Costume Design.
The play has set a new benchmark for Indian theatre. Be it the extravagant sets or the Mughal era costumes by Manish Malhotra, the breathtaking choreography by Mayuri Upadhyay or the live singing by the lead actors.
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