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Bollywood Carmen (2013)

Set in Bradford's City Park, this stunning live performance combines the vibrancy of Bollywood with Bizet's classic opera Carmen.


Indra Bhose


Indra Bhose, Mark Catley (additional material) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Preeya Kalidas ... Carmen
Abhay Deol ... A.D. (The Bollywood Star)
Stephen Rahman Hughes ... Don
Meera Syal ... Lily P
Chelsee Healey ... Shazzy
Rachel Leskovac ... Kylie
Rakhee Thakrar ... Tannishta
Sofia Hayat ... Sophia
David Schaal ... Eddie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sherinne Kayra Anderson Sherinne Kayra Anderson ... Featured Dancer
Jamie Body Jamie Body ... Dancer
Fenfen Huang ... Dancer
Sara Latif ... Dancer
Abbie Murphy ... Ensemble
Rafi Raja Rafi Raja ... Dancer


One-off musical spectacular performed live in the centre of Bradford. Inspired by Bizet's popular opera Carmen, it is a dramatic story of love, betrayal and intrigue told with music that mixes Bollywood classics, western pop and well-known tunes from Bizet's score. Carmen is a Bradford waitress obsessed with movie stardom. When a Bollywood film star comes to Bradford to shoot scenes for his new movie she thinks her time has come, but the cards foretell a different story. Written by BBC

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Bollywood comes to Bradford
3 April 2015 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Bizet's Carmen gets the Bollywood treatment as it gets transplanted to the streets of Bradford and broadcast as a live BBC production.

Carmen (Preeya Kalidas) is a young waitress from Bradford who dreams of making it big in Mumbai. She seduces Don a security guard who falls in love with her and spurns his fiancée despite the protestations of his work colleague.

Don is unaware that Carmen is totally starstruck and has is his sights AD the Indian film actor who has rolled into town as part of a Bollywood roadshow. Carmen's wish may yet be fulfilled if she can get Ad to notice her via a flash mob dance but tragedy awaits.

There are plenty of dance routines and modern interpretations of western and Indian songs all fused bhangra style, as well as Bizet's music. There is even interaction with the audience.

It all feels a little experimental with a multi ethnic cast. These shows never fully grab you but you have to admire that it is a giant undertaking.

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9 June 2013 (UK) See more »

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