After receiving an overwhelming response from the audiences, Gandhi- The Musical is all set for its second run in Mumbai. The second season of the musical extravaganza will commence from April 1 at NCPA, Mumbai.
Written and directed by Danesh R. Khambata, the play follows the extraordinary journey of a remarkable man from being Mohandas to Mahatma and his ‘Experiments With Truth’. Talking about his acclaimed play, Khambata said, “I don’t want to showcase the Mahatma, I want to tell the story of Mohandas.” Thus, the musical doesn’t glorify Gandhi but rather touches upon the mind of Mohandas and the making of Mahatma.
The play focuses on his days as a barrister, his struggle and his voyage to champion the cause of the oppressed in South Africa, with non-violence and passive resistance being his only weapons – this includes the advent of the concept of Satyagraha. It then showcases how he finally returns to his homeland and puts the mighty British Empire on the back foot.
The musical presents his remarkable life through 14 original songs, 9 dance sequences, powerful dialogues and a spectacular script, that depicts the era of the leader, who shaped the destiny of an entire nation.
Chirag Vohra, Abhishek Krishnan, Nishi Doshi, Harsh Singh, Francois Castellino, Crystal Sequeira, Uday Chandra, Vivek Tandon, Darius Shroff and Rohit Tiwari are playing the lead roles in Gandhi – The Musical and Bollywood actor Boman Irani has also lent his voice to the play. Nariman Khambata and Rahul Pais have composed the music, while Bertwin D’souza has choreographed the dance sequences. Narsi Mehta has penned the lyrics of the soulful Vaishnavajanto.