16-year-old Jane has grown up on the move – no longer at school and with only one GCSE and a swimming badge to her name, she’s followed her mum Kate from place to place as relationships have crumbled and bills have mounted. Making another fresh start on Leicester’s Belgrave Road, Kate pushes Jane to find work and help make ends meet.
On the city’s famous Golden Mile fate leads Jane to work at the local Bollywood cinema, where the ultimate rom-com blockbuster, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, offers an escape from reality. Dazzled by the sequins, saris and happy endings, Jane imagines herself as a character in a Bollywood film. As a friendship with local boy and cinema co-worker Dini looks to promise Jane her own happy ever after, she soon find the sparkles of real-life aren’t so simple.
Inspired by the classic film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Bollywood Jane was originally written in 2003 by award-winning East Midlands playwright Amanda Whittington. This Made at Curve production will be directed by East Midlands based director Siobhán Cannon-Brownlie (The Crucible, 2018 and trainee director on Breakfast at Tiffany’s), with Bollywood dance sequences brought vividly to life by Kathak and contemporary dancer Kesha Raithatha (Traces, 2018).