Shoba Narayan will play Simran in the Broadway adaptation of the iconic Bollywood movie Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ), which was released in 1995 and starred Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol. The musical titled, ‘Come Fall in Love — The DDLJ Musical’ is scheduled to open on Braodway in September. Shoba will star opposite Austin Colby, who will take on SRK’s role. The production of this version will be led by Aditya Chopra, who directed the original film.
The Broadway version will have a twist, though, as Simran, a young Indian-American woman, will be seen falling in love with Rog, who is an American man. The rest of the storyline will be similar to the original movies, including the arranged marriage, the holiday in Europe, and the journey of discovering her heart’s desire.
The other stars include Irvine Iqbal as Baldev, Rupal Pujara as Lajjo, Vishal Vaidya as Ajit, Siddharth Menon as Kuljt, Kate Loprest as Emily “Minky” Soulard, Juice Mackins as Ben, Hannah Jewel Kohn as Cookie, and Jeremy Kushnier as Roger Mandel, Sr.
In a note posted on the Yash Raj Film website, Chopra said that this would be his most ambitious project, where he would unite two long-lost lovers, the Broadway Musical and Indian films. He said, “26 years later I’m going back to my original vision of the story of DDLJ, a love story of an American boy and an Indian girl, a love story of two cultures… two worlds.”