When Georges Bizet witnessed the first performance of his opera Carmen, the lukewarm public reaction caused him to pronounce – “I foresee a definite and hopeless flop”
Not only was he proved wrong but he would have been amazed to see the Bollywood style production produced by the BBC in Bradford.
The show followed the story of Karmen who is bored with her job and obsessed with dreams of film stardom and featured an original score by Kuljit Bhamra.It also featured production management from the REM team, who have noticed an unusually close resemblance between our senior production manager and Anil Kapoor.
Indian film star Abhay Deol beamed with delight as he worked the crowd in City Park. He wasn’t the only star of the show- with 3,000 spectators dancing in unison to Bollywood hit “Jai Ho” – the audience becoming part of the production.
With gorgeous costumes, striking lighting, slick song-and-dance numbers and thrilling action, this was a fantastic production making full use of the open space, as the performers moved from a stage in Centenary Square to a set at the Mirror Pool.
There is something about Bollywood that spreads happiness and Bradford loved it!