I sang Nobody Does It Better by Carly Simon and went home thinking it had been a disaster.” Turns out, however, it hadn’t been.Because, shortly after, Sylvia Young – with whom Kalidas trained and was represented by at that time – called her with some good news. At that point, however, she had not been told who she would be playing.When Kalidas was playing the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2007 in the West End, she invited Chadha to come and see her.“I had no idea she was planning the musical at that point, but she came backstage and told me she was thinking of doing a stage show of Bend It Like Beckham,” Kalidas explains.The girl who went in before me said they had not asked her to do one, so I focused more on my song.And when I did the monologue I forgot all my words.” She continues: “David Grindrod, the casting director, was fantastic and told me to take 10 minutes and come back in.“I sang my song but they asked me to do a monologue too,” she explains.
She played Monica in that, and has maintained a close relationship with the director.
Her first was the 2002 musical Bombay Dreams, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with music by AR Rahman.
Kalidas knew she wanted to be part of that show from the moment she heard Lloyd Webber mention it in an interview on television a couple of years earlier.
“I turned up on Monday morning and walked into the room and everyone was introduced,” she recalls.
“They said, this is Preeya, and she will be playing Priya, the female lead.
“So I had told my agent to focus on getting me TV and film.” She adds: “When I saw Andrew Lloyd Webber talking about Bombay Dreams on television, I said out loud, ‘I want to be part of that’.” Six months later, her agent called her and told her that auditions were taking place for the show.