|Warid Sponsors ‘Bombay Dreams’ – the Biggest Play in Pakistan
Lahore 9th April‚ 2008: Andrew Lloyd Webber brought the musical Bombay Dreams to Broadway. Warid Telecom brought it to Lahore.
Directed by Shah Sharabeel‚ the musical extravaganza is believed to have cost around Rs. 3 million – making it the most expensive stage show yet in Pakistan. The play will be staged at the Alhamra Art Council and comprises of a cast of 75 local actors. For the Pakistani version‚ actors have been drawn from various elite educational institutions of Lahore.
The story revolves around an ambitious young guide‚ Aakash‚ who is brought up by his mother and lives in the slums. He fantasies about being a Bollywood star. A young lawyer’s franc offers him a shot in Bollywood and takes him to Mumbai‚ where he experiences a side of the city he had never imagined.
The play has been colored in local fashion to make it look real and the original soundtrack by A.R. Rahman remains the same. Although the show is in English‚ it proceeds in a fashion that a person not familiar with the language can still understand it. The director and cast are expecting a huge crowd for the event.
On the occasion Marwan Zawaydeh – Chief Executive Officer Warid Telecom said‚ “Plays and musicals are a way for us to escape into a recreational world while being connected to our local arts community. Warid Telecom is proud to sponsor Bombay Dreams because it is a way for us to foster the local talent of Pakistan‚ helps young actor to pursue passion and also cultivates an enthusiasm for entertainment in the community.”
Thomas Yeo – Chief Commercial Officer Warid Telecom added‚ “Warid Telecom has always paid extra attention to promoting the arts in the community. In a country where talent is in abundance but finances can be a hurdle‚ Warid Telecom is proud to do its bit.. because at Warid‚ We Care.”
“The play is known for its rhythmic tones composed by A R Rahman and will definitely cheer the audience‚” added Shah Sharabeel .the director of the play.