Multi-award winning artist Sunidhi Chauhan and singer-actor Ali Zafar delivered rocking performances for an entirely noble cause at Sankara Eye Foundation’s “Krazy2” concert that was hosted at the San Jose Event Center here Apr. 7.
“For this show, our focus is Rajasthan,” Murali Krishnamurthy, founder and executive chairman of the Sankara Eye Foundation, USA, told India-West. “We will soon build a new hospital in Jodhpur and wanted to create an awareness around it; and what better way to do it than with music from such talented and accomplished singers,” he added.
Rakesh Maini, a finalist on the fifth season of “Indian Idol,” presented the introductory act with the latest hits from Bollywood like “Challa” from the Shahrukh Khan starrer “Jab Tak Hai Jaan,” rendering them to perfection and setting the mood for the evening.
After a trendy video teaser, Bollywood’s singing sensation Sunidhi Chauhan made her way to center stage performing her first item of the evening, “Aisa Jaddo Dala Re” from the Akshay Kumar movie “Khakee.” Following it up with another Akshay Kumar hit, “Dhanno” from “Houseful,” “Halkat Jawani” from Kareena Kapoor’s “Heroine,” and “Mind-blowing Mahiya” from “Cash,” she appeared to be on a roll and the audience loved it.
But it was her versatility that made her a special favorite among the 2500 people who cheered her on. She masterfully transitioned to her more melodious numbers like “Ishq Sufiana” from the Vidya Balan film “Dirty Picture,” “Bin Tere” from “I Hate Luv Storys,” ending the medley with her new super hit single, “Yaaram” from “Ek Thi Daayan.”
Ali Zafar kept the momentum going as he shared the spotlight next, with a more nostalgic twist, performing hits from yester-years like “Roop Tera Mastana” from the Sharmila Tagore movie “Aradhana” and “Mehebooba” from the legendary film “Sholay.”
Zafar gave his rendering a unique up-close and personal touch as he drifted amongst the audience while he sang.
During the interval, the spotlight shifted to the accomplishments of the Sankara Eye Foundation. “We’ve inaugurated our 10th hospital in Kanpur and have performed more than a million free eye surgeries in India,” Krishnamurthy said. “In addition, we have also received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, which highlights that we are financially disciplined and transparent,” the Indian American executive added.
Post-interval Chauhan continued to regale the audience with her popular numbers like “Te Amo” from Abhishek Bachchan’s “Dum Maro Dum” and “Be Intehaan” from Saif Ali Khan’s “Race 2.”
Zafar ended the concert with a bang with items from his self-starred movies like “Madhubala” from “Mere Brother Ki Dulhan,” “I Love Amreeka” from “Tere Bin Laden” and “Dhishkayon Doom Doom” from his latest movie “Chashme Badoor.”
As an actor Zafar has performed under Bollywood’s biggest banners like Yash Raj Films and with noteworthy directors including David Dhawan, rendering his voice to at least one hit single per movie.
“My next films are “Aman ki Asha” and “Kill Dil,” the latter being an action film. I try to keep my movies diverse and will continue to sing for them,” Zafar told India-West. As a former pop-singer, when asked about endeavors on that front, Zafar replied, “I’ve always taken time between albums. For now, my focus is on movies.”
Sunidhi Chauhan began her career as musical prodigy, first appearing and winning “Meri Awaaz Suno,” a reality music show on national television at the tender age of 13. But, her real breakthrough into Bollywood was at the age of 16 where she lent her vocals to three famous songs for the Ram Gopal Verma film “Mast.”
Ever since, she has delivered hit after hit, recording more than 350 songs in 11 languages.
“I want to keep doing different kinds of music,” Chauhan told India-West. “I’ve just finished a Bengali Rabindra-sangeet album of Tagore songs. I also want to do some western music as well,” she added.
Chauhan has also served on the judging panel of “Indian Idol.” “I’ve had my share of reality television for the moment and want to focus more on my music and playback singing for a while,” the singer added.
“We are extremely glad that this concert has been a phenomenal success and hope the trend continues even in Los Angeles,” Krishnamurthy told India-West.
Sankara Eye Foundation’s “Krazy2” plays in Los Angeles next on April 20 at the Nokia Theater. “Our goal is to raise $3 million for the Jodhpur hospital within a year, which will bring us closer to the goal of raising $100 million to realize our vision of 2020,” Krishnamurthy added.