SAN JOSE, Calif. – He may be just a few films old but his vocal prowess has landed him amongst the most desirable Bollywood playback singers. No wonder hundreds of music fans came out to hear 21-year-old Armaan Malik, during the “Armaan Malik Live” concert held Sept. 17 at the City National Civic here.
The singer, whose popularity is soaring at an ever accelerating pace, enthralled one and all in the audience — many from the Indian American community — for close to three hours, with popular pop numbers and some of his all-time favorite songs, displaying just how incredible he can be during a live performance.
Deepak Vohra and Archana Vohra of V.I.P. Travels were the local and national promotors of the tour while Farhath Hussain was the international promotor.
“It was a very exciting show. He was full of energy,” Deepak Vohra told India-West after the show. “I have seen all the four shows in the U.S. and people went crazy. Those who missed out are still sending us texts and emails about missing it.”
Shirley Setia, an Indian-Kiwi singer and a YouTube star, did the warm-up act rendering a host of songs, including “Tujhko Jo Paaya” from the 2010 film, “Crook.”
Even before Armaan Malik, the son of musician Dabboo Malik and the nephew of composer-singer Anu Malik, walked on stage sporting a striped blazer and black pants, his sterling vocals reverberated throughout the hall, which had the 1300-plus strong crowd clapping, swaying and singing along to the familiar tunes.
Malik, on his debut U.S. tour, made a big splash with the title track of the 2015 film, “Hero.” He opened his set with “Main Hoon Hero Tera,” the super hit song from the film, to the obvious joy of his audience. Along with helping his career take off, this one also met with critical acclaim, and helped him win the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the ‘Most Popular Singer of the Year.’
He is also a recipient of several other awards, including the Global Indian Music Academy Award, the Filmfare and the Stardust Award.
His next offerings included “Tumhe Apna Banane Ka Junoon,” the hit number from “Hate Story 3,” and “Hua Hai Aaj Pehli Baar” from this year’s romantic film, “Sanam Re.”
The crowd exploded in loud cheers and whistles during his next few songs like “Sab Tera” from the Tiger Shroff-Shraddha Kapoor starrer “Baaghi” and “Mujhko Barsaat Bana Lo” from “Junooniyat.”
“What an awesome audience. Are you ready to hear some more awesome stuff,” he said before rendering the buoyant number, “Besabriyaan,” from the upcoming film, “M.S. Dhoni - The Untold Story.”
His energy levels were incredible, he strummed his guitar passionately, and excited the crowd with a variety of songs, making sure he got everyone on their feet. Young girls and even some boys, who recognized most songs on hearing just the opening chords, were seen clamoring for his attention.
Rows of flashing colorful lights danced above the stage complementing the singer’s fist- pumping fervor onstage.
Dancing along the stage perimeter, he effortlessly shifted from high energy songs to softer numbers, and performed without ever glancing at the lyrics.
From his personal favorites like “Mitwa,” “Dil Sambhal Ja Zara” and “Chahun Main Ya Naa,” he went on to regale the music lovers with romantic ballads like “Hosh Waalon Ko Khabar Kya.”
He later elevated the mood of the crowd with tracks such as “Bang Bang” and “Yaar Na Mile Te.” Next came “Main Rahoon Ya Na Rahoon,” an award-winning song, which was released on YouTube by T-Series in November 2015, and which has garnered over 62 million views since then.
The fan-artist interactions were frequent and intimate as the affable singer mingled with his fans, creating a euphoria of sorts. He even invited a die-hard fan to join him on stage.
Daboo Malik, his proud father, told the audience that “for 20 years I waited with all popular songs that I made, but these beautiful moments in San Jose have been made true by my son.” He took a moment to pay a tribute to his dad, composer Sartaaj Malik, even singing a few lines of his popular song, “Saaranga Teri Yaad Mein.”
The family’s illustrious musical lineage is also being carried forward by his older son, the hugely popular composer, Amaal Malik.
Armaan Malik, a finalist on the TV show, “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa L’il Champs,” had sung for a number of commercials and even two films like “Rakta Charitra” and “Chillar Party” before he got his big break as an adult playback singer in Salman Khan’s “Jai Ho.”
Along with San Jose, Malik, who was a music student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., in 2011, performed in Houston, Texas; Rosemont, Illinois; Dallas, Texas; and Washington, D.C. Achieving mass adulation and support from fans in such a short span of time has left the singer feeling overwhelmed. He had earlier confessed to India-West that it’s been a “crazy journey” for him these past five years. “And to see that journey for myself is surreal in itself,” he said. (Read the interview here: http://bit.ly/2cNYKy0)
He rounded out the high-octane night belting out chartbusters such as “Buddhu Sa Maan,” “Pyaar Maanga Hai Tumhi Se” and “Wajah Tum Ho” to thundering applause. The crowd made the most noise when he sang “Sau Asman,” the song from “Baar Baar Dekho,” starring Katrina Kaif and Siddhartha Malhotra, which is currently ruling the music charts.
Deepak Vohra, who has organized a host of local events in the past, told India-West that the popular singer would be returning in November for a six-city North American tour. Along with a concert in New Jersey, the singer is scheduled to perform in Orlando, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; Chicago, Illinois; and Toronto and Vancouver, Canada.