Before it was made into a film, ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ was a play written by Urdu playwright Imtiaz Ali Taj. And 94 years after it was written, ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ is set to come alive on stage once again.
The magnum opus will be directed by theatre director and filmmaker Feroz Abbas Khan. People in the know say that the production will be bigger and more opulent than any musical ever staged in India. The curtains will go up on the production on October 21 in Mumbai. After performances in New Delhi in November, the team will fly to the Gulf and the West.
Khan, who is known for plays like ‘Tumhari Amrita’ and films ‘Gandhi, My Father’, had been toying with the idea of presenting ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, in collaboration with the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA).
That’s when they approached Shapoorji Pallonji, the producer of the film ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ who also hold the rights to the play.
“Mughal-e-Azam needs that kind of scale and grandeur. This will be the costliest Hindi theatre production ever done,” says Feroz Khan. However, he is not willing to reveal exactly how much the production may cost.