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Love in the air @Bombay Dreams

By Shyam Bhatia in London
June 18, 2003 13:48 IST

Romance is in the air for the two leads of the London West End musical, Bombay Dreams, which will shortly celebrate its first anniversary.

Raza Jaffrey, Preeya Kalidas in Bombay DreamsBritish media reports say Raza Jaffrey, who plays poor-boy-made-good Akash and Preeya Kalidas, who plays Akaash's on-stage lover, are an item.

This is a happy beginning for the two artistes who are soon to hand over their roles to newcomers Stephen Rahman-Hughes and Zehra Naqvi.

A source close to Jaffrey and Kalidas is quoted by the Evening Standard newspaper as saying, 'They seem very happy together. They have a real chemistry in the show and just hit it off. I'm sure many of Raza's fans will be disappointed because he is quite a pinup.'

Kalidas, 22, previously appeared in a number of films, including Bend It Like Beckham, East Is East and Bollywood Queen. Jaffrey has appeared in British television dramas like EastEnders and Casualty. He made his West End debut starring in the Abba musical Mamma Mia.

Both Raza and Kalidas have benefitted from the exposure through Bombay Dreams which has been seen so far by 650,000 people at London's Apollo Theatre.

The musical is produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber with music by A R Rahman and its script by actress Meera Syal.

The huge public interest in the £4.5 million musical has more than helped to recover costs. A gold album of the cast recording with sales of over 100,000 has also helped.

Shyam Bhatia in London
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