Hop aboard the Taj Express and experience an India that is bursting at the seams with energy and life.
The 120-minute musical chugs through Mumbai, the city of dreams, to Agra, home of the greatest symbol of love -- the Taj Mahal.
The audience will witness a love story between Vasu, a street-smart thief with a heart of gold, and Meera, a girl who is on the run to unite with the man of her dreams. Fate leads them to the Taj Express where the hero tries to win the heart of Meera.
Produced and directed by Shruti of the famous Merchant family, the musical showcases a variety of performances including drama, traditional Indian dance and quintessential Bollywood, and beautiful moving sand paintings shown on a big screen.
"It's as good as watching a Bollywood movie on stage. There's high drama, it makes you want to dance with it, cry with it, laugh with it, makes you want to have all possible human emotions with it, and that is what we try to achieve with this shows, to trigger those emotions," Shruti told Yahoo! Singapore animatedly.
"[We want] to connect to each person's soul sitting in the auditorium," the 27-year-old director-producer added.
The scale of the musical is nothing short of spectacular, featuring over 2,000 extravagant costumes, 1,500 accessories and magnificent sets.
To pull the massive production off, Shruti credits her family and their support for her passion for theatre.
She roped in her sister, famed Bollywood choreographer Vaibhavi Merchant, to be her musical's director of choreography and her brother, Pranav Merchant, to be the head of administration for her musical.
"The reason why I've been able to do this is because of my family. ... I would not be here if they were not there," Shruti said, tearing up a little.
Being Shruti's elder sister, Vaibhavi said both she and her elder brother are very protective of her younger sister.
"This [production] is her baby. We are always going to be there to encourage her because we are supposed to be doing that. ... And she has been extremely sincere and completely passionate about this," Vaibhavi said.
Both sisters recall an incident when they were conceptualising the idea for Taj Mahal and Vaibhavi wanted elaborate fireflies to fly through the air during the show.
"[Our brother] reined us in," said Vaibhavi.
"The creative part was the joy ride, and the administrative part was the nightmare. There's where our brother comes in," she added.
The Taj Express will start its international journey with a world premiere in Singapore on Thursday, 7 June, 8pm at the Esplanade Theatre. Tickets to the world premiere are priced at $55, $75, $125, $155 and $225.
The Taj Express will be putting up seven shows at the Esplanade Theatre from 6 to 10 June. Tickets are priced between $35 and $225 and are available at SISTIC counters island-wide and online.
Watch a trailer of the musical below.