SAN JOSE, Calif. — When some of Bollywood’s biggest celebrities – read Salman Khan – join forces to recreate the magic of the movies on stage, the event is guaranteed to pique the interest of thousands of film fans. And so, a house-full crowd welcomed Khan and his star-studded team during the “Da-Bangg The Tour: Reloaded” held at the SAP Center here June 30.
For the concert, which had generated immense advance excitement, Khan brought along actresses Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sonakshi Sinha, Daisy Shah, dancing sensation Prabhu Deva, singer/songwriter Guru Randhawa, and actor/TV host Maniesh Paul.
The extravaganza, replete with state-of-the-art music, top-of-the-line dancers, costumes, blasts of pyro, dazzling lights and unparalleled audio-visuals, was rightfully publicized as the most technically advanced show in the history of live Bollywood entertainment.
“This particular show has got an absolutely amazing spectacular production,” Kaif previously told India-West. “…For me shows are a big passion. It’s a big part of the songs and movies that we do. And when I saw this, I have to say it’s quite a few steps above anything that has ever come here before. The way the boys have put it together – the lights, the design, the way each act is designed – it’s something really spectacular to see.”
And complementing the main stage action were the dramatic entries of Khan, Kaif and Fernandez, which gave the fans a chance to get a closer look at their favorite stars.
Maniesh Paul opened the night, flexing his muscles and dancing to “Bang Bang Da-Bangg,” which revved up the crowd. Without breaking the momentum, he called on stage “Race 3” actress Daisy Shah, who further livened up the crowd, dancing to energetic numbers from her films, including the current party anthem, “Party Chale On.”
Next in line was Prabhu Deva, who is dubbed as India’s very own Michael Jackson. Staying true to his name, the National Award-winning choreographer was magnificent on stage. Beginning with “Urvasi Urvasi,” he went on to show off his popular moves on a range of songs, both from Bollywood and the southern film industry, drawing loud cheers.
The stars came in quick succession, ensuring that there was not a single dull moment during the show. Fernandez quietly emerged from the green room and took her place on a high pedestal platform that was parked on the right side of the arena floor. As the staff pushed the platform closer to the stage, she exclaimed to the audience, “Turn around,” setting off camera flashes and whistles.
Once on stage, Fernandez, wearing a gold sequined outfit, spread her infectious energy via songs like “Oonchi Hai Building,” “Yaar Na Miley,” and “Sau Tarah Ke.”
Though none of the stars, except for Khan, interacted with the audience, Paul’s humor kept them quite engaged. He threw around a few jokes, asking attendees to recite some of Khan’s dialogues, eliciting numerous chuckles.
The fast-paced concert saw Sinha come in next. Sporting a multi-hued fringed outfit, the actress was in her element. Sinha, co-star of Khan in “Dabang” and “Dabang 2,” performed to hit songs like “Saadi Ke Faal Sa,” “Go Go Govinda” and “Mein Toh Superman Salman Da Fan,” enamoring one and all with her peppy moves.
The crowd’s energy only intensified from there. Kaif stepped out of the green room surrounded by multiple bodyguards and immediately made her way towards the center of the arena. Fans began craning their necks to witness all the action as she stood atop a platform rising from the middle of the arena. Looking cute in a pair of denim dungarees and crisp white shirt, she cheerily waved to waiting crowds as she glided onto the stage.
As the giant screens on stage flashed her on-screen images, Kaif got ready to take the concert to the next level. The “Tiger Zinda Hai” actress, who soon changed into a fiery red outfit, dazzled the audience with her top-notch dancing prowess. From “Sheila Ki Jawaani” to “Dhoom Machale,” Kaif tried to fit many of her blockbuster songs into her performance. A quick outfit change later, she ignited the show, dancing to songs like “Swag Se Karenge Sab Ka Swagat.”
And then came the moment for which the at-capacity crowd was waiting with bated breath. The giddily exuberant fans could not contain their excitement on spotting Khan, with many chanting ‘Salman, Salman’ at the first sight of him.
The 51-year-old actor appeared almost out of thin air as he broke open a make-shift door on stage in a special suspended enclosure that was built for him.
Loud cheers, whistles, and screams filled the arena as Khan greeted his die-hard fans. He thanked the audience for showing up, but his voice was drowned by the clamor from every side.
“We are really privileged to perform here…,” he said, and the crowd roared in approval.
Khan really doesn’t have to do anything to work his crowds into a frenzy as his mere presence is enough to drive them wild. The arena staff had a tough time holding back fans from getting too close to the stage.
The crowd lit up with joy as the mega star started delivering one hit performance after another, covering his over two decade-long journey in Bollywood, something that looked like the actor’s showreel.
For a presentation on “Jai Jai Bajrang Bali,” Khan was joined on stage by dozens of Indian American kids who cutely matched steps with the superstar.
After the energetic dances, it was time for some high-decibel music. Randhawa, flanked by a three-piece orchestra, churned out several of his hits, including “Tu Meri Rani” from the Vidya Balan starrer, “Tumhari Sulu,” that made him a household name in India.
Remember Kamaal Khan? The singer who lent his voice to Khan’s famous song, “Oo Jane Jana,” was a surprise addition to the star-studded team. He sang a few of his career hits, taking the fans down the memory lane.
Salman Khan, known for his action, as well as romantic films, made sure to showcase his romantic avatar, which meant that fans got to see him dance to slow numbers with all the actresses as showers of confetti rained down on them. And not just that, he also matched steps with Prabhu Deva to the collective delight of the fans.
The three-hour revelry was rounded out by a collaborative performance on “Allah Duhai Hai” from “Race 3,” an act that only left the fans asking for more.
The San Jose show was presented by Golden Touch Production LLC, the main partners of which are Deep Vohra of V.I.P Travels Inc., Bhavini Joshi of Instant Karma, Prasad and Vijaya Aasuri of V7 group, Sanjay Prabhakar of Shalimar Sunnyvale, and Sanjeev Masih of Sacramento group.