Mark Brady (Producer)

tony-bradyWelcome to one of the Worlds largest and most prolific film Industry – Bollywood. The statistics are staggering with over 800 films a year, 15 million tickets sold a day. This booming industry has provided us with a perfect platform to produce a truly dynamic feel-good production that is full of colour, spectacle, music and dance. The Merchants of Bollywood successfully premiered in Australia in 2005 to rave reviews, and an ecstatic audience response. We received the same overwhelming reactions in New Zealand, Zurich and Berlin, with much stamping of feet, wild dancing in the aisles, with people of all ages never wanting the magic to end. We are sure this craze for all things Bollywood has only just begun.

The key word of this production is ‘authenticity’ for this show has been created at the heart of Bollywood. Our creative team are the most credible minds working in the Hindi Film Industry today. The highly acclaimed and much awarded choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant is the heart beat of the show and the brilliant musical score from Salim and Sulaiman Merchant provides the life blood for this powerful life-giving experience. The Dancers have performed in the best of recent Bollywood movies including Lagaan, Dhoom, Paheli, Bunty aur Babli, Rang De Basanti, Krish and most recently the hit film Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. Many of them have also toured the world with such as A.R. Rahman, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Ashwaryai Rai. The actors are all major players from stage and screen. The costume, hair and make up artists have been hand-picked to create the legendary gorgeous Bollywood visions on stage and to carry out the whirlwind costumes and hair changes backstage. Toby Gough has collaborated with these incredible performers to tell this fascinating story of Bollywood with all the respect it deserves. A story that pays tribute to the Merchant family, celebrate the dazzling wonder of Bollywood while creating an enjoyable high-octane escapist night out.

The show features over 40 Bollywood performers on stage, 20 behind the scenes, 1200 costumes, 2500 pieces of Indian jewellery in a production destined to travel the world for years to come.

Never before has India or the Hindi film industry been represented on stage, with such passion. Our family has been producing shows for 40 years and we are proud to announce that we are the first to bring this story and spectacle to the world stage.

On behalf of my family and The Merchants of Bollywood Pty Ltd, I extend a warm welcome to you all.
Enjoy the show.