He is the director and choreographer of the eagerly awaited musical
Those who have witnessed the eighties era will surely abide by the fact that the era was ‘almost dominated’ by the likes of Mithun Chakraborty and others superstars. Speaking of Mithun Chakraborty, the year 1982 saw the release of ‘Disco Dancer’, a film, which, over the years has achieved a by-now-cult status. And for all those who were yearning to relive the magical moments of the film, Saregama and Suniel Shetty are now all set to enthral the audiences with 'Disco Dancer- The Musical'. The grand premiere of 'Disco Dancer- The Musical’ will happen on April 14 in NSCI Dome (Mumbai). Prior to this, the crew of 'Disco Dancer- The Musical’ had gone on a UK tour and seeing their performance at the prestigious London's West End, the audiences there are now waiting for a ‘repeat telecast’.
Speaking about 'Disco Dancer- The Musical’, the director and choreographer Rajeev Goswami said that the theatrical production had captured the spirit of the times the film was made in and that it was a joy to bring the 80s alive. He revealed that the response to the musical in London proved that the love for this cult film and the longing for a truly unique time in popular culture had not faded away. He also mentioned that, even though the film was released in 1982, its music, the simple, aspirational story of a street dancer and the impactful dialogues still continue to strike a chord with people across generations and that 'Disco Dancer- The Musical’ was a tribute to Bappida's evergreen tunes, Mithun da's charisma and big-hearted Bollywood entertainers. He said that they hoped to see audiences dancing in the aisles just the way they did in London.
Much like the film ‘Disco Dancer’, even the 'Disco Dancer- The Musical’ boasts of chartbusting music as one of its key elements. Speaking of music, while the film ‘Disco Dancer’ had its music composed by the (late) Bappi Lahiri, whereas, in 'Disco Dancer- The Musical’, it is the inimitable music director duo of Salim-Sulaiman who have reimagined Bappi Lahiri's score. Speaking about Salim-Sulaiman’s music, Rajeev Goswami said that everyone associated with the project shared the same passion for 80's Bollywood and Salim-Sulaiman were no exception as they poured their heart and soul into the music to make sure its essence remained intact while technical adaptations ensured the songs could lend themselves well to live performances.
In the same breath, he added that, he was tremendously moved when Bappi Lahiri's family watched the rehearsals with great delight. Recalling that moment, Rajeev Goswami said that he was really overwhelmed because their approval and their presence boosted their morale and inspired them to do even better. He wrapped it up saying that, while the entire cast and crew was enthused and was raring to go, as each and every performer is extremely passionate about the show and it would definitely be a treat to watch them recreate the magic and joy of an era gone by.