Bollywood legend Shah Rukh Khan tells Dubai: "I might pick you to come on stage, too"
Bollywood legend Shah Rukh Khan is gracing Emirati shores with a song and dance show alongside Indian actress Deepika Padukone and other Indian stars. This will be Khan’s first live performance in Dubai since 2008 and the first leg of his Access All Areas world tour.
“The whole idea is for the audience to have fun,” said Khan. “They are there for a party and it has to be interactive. I did theatre for eight or nine years so I like doing a lot of impromptu things with the audience. I enjoy live shows. You are on a roll but you must have a lot of preparation also.”
The show will feature almost 100 dancers, choreographers and light artists. In the lead-up to the event, the public have the chance to request songs to hear on the night. “During the show we will also pick out people from the audience to come on stage,” said Khan.
Khan is reuniting with Padukone after the success of their film Chennai Express earlier this year. Fans can expect hits from this film as well as other Bollywood blockbusters like Om Shanti Om (2007), Padukone’s first outing with Khan and her Bollywood debut. “I want to perform the song Akhon Mein Teri from Om Shanti Om and relieve that moment,” said the Bangalore-raised actress.
Padukone has branded Khan as a “master of impromptu” and says she hopes to learn some moves from him. “I’ve never done such an interactive show. I’m really nervous”.
Khan – or SRK to his many fans – has starred in a staggering 75 films, from romantic dramas to action thrillers. Among his many accolades are eight Filmfare Best Actor Awards, making him the most garlanded Bollywood actor of all time in that category. As well as his film work, he already has a string of sell-out concerts to his name, in New York, Atlanta, Toronto and Amsterdam. “Dubai will be a big one because I have not done a show for some time,” he said. “We will really try to make it innovative and different.”
Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai Sports City, 9.30pm, Dhs99. Tel: (800) 86823. Taxi: Dubai International Cricket Stadium. ticketmaster.ae