I’m always surprised by the fact that so many Americans don’t know anything about Bollywood. Because it is so good. The Indian films are produced in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) and feature lavish sets, detailed costumes, beautiful leading men and ladies, lushly scored music and dance numbers and always, always have very romantic love stories. Basically Bollywood movies are American soap operas with Indian dress and singing.
Perhaps because of the English speaking world’s relative unfamiliarity with Bollywood movies, musical theater superstar Andrew Lloyd Webber (of Cats and Phantom of the Opera Fame) produced a musical called Bombay Dreams in 2002. A.R. Rahman, the composer who scored the music for mega-hit Slumdog Millionaire, wrote the music for the musical. Bombay Dreams opened on London’s West End in 2002 and then went to Broadway in 2004. The show toured the United States beginning in 2006.