Pappu and Babu live with ‘Amma’ in Sungai Petani. ‘Go. Study. Play. I do not want to hear you’, Amma says. Pappu and Babu escape into a world of epic backdrops and thumping music, of chorus girls and backup dancers. Will the boys’ Bollywood dreams come true?
Through a pandemic…
A transnational collaboration…
Countless Zoom rehearsals…
Bollywood Dreams is a labour of love that was almost two years in the making. Despite the odds including numerous cast changes, it finally premiered to a live audience when performances were permitted in March 2021 after 5 long months.
On one hand, Bollywood Dreams played to five full houses. However, many more could not catch the show due to the limited capacity in line with distancing guides. And just a short 39 days later, live performances would be shut down again.
If there’s one thing that the pandemic has taught us is that we have to keep dreaming. Bollywood Dreams premiered online via CloudTheatre in June. The recording will now be made available on CloudTheatre Revive where you can view it anytime, anywhere using their pay-per-view (on demand) service
Directed by Dato’ Dr. Faridah Merican, Bollywood Dream’s heart-warming story of two boys with big dreams is based on “Big Head Potato Head” by Mark Beau de Silva (Malaysia) and co-adapted by Tilottama Pillai (New York).
The show was originally staged in March 2021 at Pentas 1, The Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (klpac).
WFH@klpac (On Demand) is supported by MyCreative Ventures, Cultural Economy Development Agency and Program Penjana Malaysia.