It comes as no surprise that a tour headed by Salman Khan, who has been described by CNN as one of the world’s biggest stars, is shaping up to be one of the most major NRI events of the year. The highly successful Salman Khan’s Da-Bangg Tour 2017, which was named after his critically acclaimed 2010 hit action movie “Dabangg,” began on April 16, 2017, with a concert in Hong Kong and ended on April 23, 2017, with the final performance in Melbourne.
Over the many stops of the tour, Salman Khan and other Bollywood stars performed for thousands of jubilant fans.
The tour kicked off with a phenomenal performance in Hong Kong at Central Front Event Space. Khan performed one hit after another for a roaring crowd. Akshay Kumar, a surprise inclusion, who was not on the rest of the tour, wowed fans with an excellent performance. He rode a bike onto the stage! The fans went wild during his performance.
The euphoria was later matched when Sonakshi Sinha, Salman Khan, and Akshay Kumar shared the stage. Their performance was straight out of a Bollywood scene as the guys took to wooing Sona while performing the hit title track of the 2004 rom-com “Mujhse Shaadi Karogi.” Both Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan reprised their roles from “Mujhse Shaadi Karogi” for the performance, with Sona playing their love interest. Akshay Kumar and Salman Khan have collaborated on several movies, and Sonakshi Sinha has worked with both stars. Unsurprisingly, the chemistry was electric.
Other highlights of the Da-Bangg concert in Hong Kong included Salman Khan’s romantic duets with stars Elli Avram, Daisy Shah, and Bipasha Basu. Prabhu Deva, Badshah and Manish Paul also made appearances.
The show ended with a performance by all the stars amid wild cheering from the audience. According to the exclusive interview conducted by Bollywood Hungama’s Faridoon Shahryar, Salman Khan, who had worked hard to keep the star-studded spectacular a secret, was happy with the whole show. “Everyone did a great job,” he said, “Akki [Akshay Kumar] was fabulous in the show.”
After the Hong Kong show, Salman Khan and the crew took the wonders of Bollywood south to Oceania. The Oceanic leg of the tour began with a news conference and concert in Auckland, New Zealand that invigorated the Indian diaspora and other Bollywood fans. The Da-Bangg tour hit Sydney next. The team performed favorite Bollywood hits to the fans’ delight. The stars took to social media to thank fans and to post videos and pictures of the shows, including outstanding footages of events before and after the show. In one video, Salman Khan moves in slow-motion to his hit song “Jumme Ki Raat” with his usual swag and panache.
Another video posted by Khan showed “Wanted” director Prabhu Deva hitting the stage with the superstar and performing the song “Tera Hi Jalwa,” from “Wanted.” Salman Khan dazzled, despite his comments in a 2009 interview about his difficulties learning the dance moves.
The last stop of the tour was in Melbourne. It is safe to say the show was just as good as fans had seen throughout the tour.
Although the Da-Bangg tour was a huge success with fantastic performances in Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia, the Malaysia concert was postponed for unknown reasons. The show in Malaysia was initially scheduled to take place at the Mines International Exhibition & Convention Centre in Selangor on April 14. According to Bollywood Hungama, the organizers of the concert in Malaysia, the show had to be delayed due to “unavoidable and unforeseen circumstances.” After the dazzling shows in Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Australia, Malaysian Bollywood fans are eager for the concert, and fortunately, there is a new performance on the horizon. Organizers have asked fans to hold onto their tickets, as the show is being rescheduled for July.
But Salman’s big year doesn’t stop with the Da-Bangg tour. On the film front, the shooting of Salman Khan’s next movie, “Tiger Zinda Hai,” which co-stars Katrina Kaif, is well underway. The much-anticipated historical war drama “Tubelight” will hit the cinemas on June 25. Bollywood fans witnessed the release of the “Tubelight” teaser last month. The trailer was well-received and got over 4.5 million views in just 15 hours. As you can see, 2017 is already a big year for Salman Khan, and he is just getting started.
- Salman Khan performs at the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, Australia.
- [Photo Credit: Christopher Khoury/Australian Press/ZUMA Wire/Alamy Live News]
- The stars took to social media to thank fans and to post videos and pictures of the shows, including outstanding footages of events before and after the show.