The Taj Express – Bollywood Musical

As is the intention of the ads displayed near the escalators of the London Underground stations, I was intrigued by the poster of “The Taj Express”. Since it was in London only from 2nd to 20th October, we checked out the trailer which didn’t give me any idea how it was gonna be and promptly decided to give it a try. With a Bollywood fanatic at home (Mr. M if you want to know) it was an easy choice to make. We booked for a Friday night show because we got better seats for the same price as that of the Saturday matinee one. We had no expectations except that there would be good music and awesome dancing involved.

After watching the show I should say it was very good. In a small theater called Peacock Theater (did they pick this one so that it matched the theme?) the scene changes, the sound effects etc was well done.

The dancers and their dexterity, 6 pack abs (they took every chance to showcase their hard work at the gym in a very Bollywood way), amazing speed and lip sync, very funny interludes…it was very well done. It was also very interactive. They had references to English weather and Jeremy Corbyn too. The script was very much similar to any Bollywood script and it was an amalgamation of various Khan movies (Shah Rukh, Salman, etc.) The variety of the audiences surprised me. Also the fact that almost all of them, kids included, enjoyed the dances and tried their hand at it at the end and did a jolly good job of it too. Lot of A R Rahman songs and his references too. I almost thought that he would make an appearance. It would have been awesome. (Asking too much am I 😉?)

If you like a ridiculous story combined with awesome music and dance this will definitely be a treat.

Jai Ho!

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