Fan­ning the flames

Fans of Shah rukh Khan had plenty to scream about at his re­cent con­cert here.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - By SHARMILLA GANE­SAN en­ter­tain­ment@thes­tar.com.my

If it was the King Khan that you came to see at the Temp­ta­tion Reloaded con­cert last Satur­day night at Sta­dium Merdeka, then there was cer­tainly plenty of him to sat­isfy.

De­spite hav­ing re­cently sus­tained in­juries on the set of his up­com­ing film Happy New Year, Bol­ly­wood star Datuk Shah Rukh Khan was his usual en­er­getic self at the con­cert, thrilling fans with ev­ery­thing from witty ban­ter to clas­sic dance moves.

An­tic­i­pa­tion to see the man take to the stage was at a fever pitch, as the first hour of the show fo­cused in­stead on bhangra-hip-hop artiste Yo-Yo Honey Singh and Bol­ly­wood screen queens Mad­huri Dixit and Rani Mukherji.

Shah Rukh’s ap­pear­ance cer­tainly did not dis­ap­point, as he spec­tac­u­larly en­tered the stage amidst strob­ing lights and dancers hold­ing glit­ter­ing signs that spelled out “King Khan”. He then jumped straight into a dance med­ley of some of his big­gest hit songs, in­clud­ing Tumse Milke, Chaiyya Chaiyya, Yeh Kali Kali Aankhen and Cham­mak Challo.

The seg­ment was a real treat for any Shah Rukh fan, as he com­bined iconic dancing from his movies with his sig­na­ture cheeky ex­pres­sions – and for some­one heal­ing from a leg in­jury, those vig­or­ous dance moves were re­ally some­thing!

Per­haps be­cause of his in­juries, most of Shah Rukh’s other seg­ments were fairly low-key, with a lot of fan in­ter­ac­tions and con­ver­sa­tion thrown in. Thanks to the ac­tor’s quick sense of hu­mour and en­gag­ing stage pre­sense, how­ever, he had the au­di­ence eat­ing out of his hand – no mat­ter if he was romancing a giddy fan on­stage or do­ing the Lungi Dance with his col­lab­o­ra­tor Yo-Yo Honey Singh.

Com­ple­ment­ing the larger than life per­for­mances was the great light­ing and video projections on­stage, which cre­ated a fan­tasy-like set­ting for the show. Adding to the ex­cite­ment were a team of tal­ented dancers who pro­vided ex­cel­lent back­ing to the main stars.

The rest of the three-and-a-half-hour-long con­cert, though, was a mixed bag, with some seg­ments feel­ing rather draggy while oth­ers were much too short.

Be­sides Shah Rukh, the big­gest high­lights were un­doubt­edly Mad­huri and Rani, both of whom were per­form­ing in Malaysia for the first time.

fol­low­ing Yo-Yo Honey Singh’s in­fec­tious set, Rani took the stage by storm with a sexy, hip-shak­ing med­ley that had the crowd cheer­ing en­thu­si­as­ti­cally. Her set in­cluded both older and re­cent dance num­bers, such as Nach Baliye, Chalka Chalka Re, Dil Bole Hadippa and Dreamum Wakeupum.

This was fol­lowed by an un­for­get­table per­for­mance by the Queen of Dance her­self, Mad­huri, to some of her most fa­mous songs, in­clud­ing O Re Piya, Atra Baras Ki, Choli Ke Peeche, Aaja Nachle and Dola Re Dola.

A nat­u­ral on­stage, it was a de­light to watch Mad­huri’s in­tri­cate dance steps and ex­pres- sive move­ments, with her fans break­ing out into cheers ev­ery time she reen­acted a clas­sic dance se­quence.

Hence why it was a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ing that the show didn’t in­clude more of these daz­zling di­vas. Their only other ap­pear­ances were to­wards the sec­ond half of the show, where Shah Rukh per­formed a clas­sic ro­man­tic num­ber with each ac­tress: Are Re Are with Mad­huri and Tumhi Dekho Na with Rani.

Mean­while, the rest of the con­cert was filled up with per­for­mances by In­dian singers Ari­jit Singh and Meiyang Chang. Ari­jit’s mes­meris­ing vo­cals were a real treat to hear live, and he per­formed a se­lec­tion of his re­cent hit songs, such as Tum Hi Ho, Phir Le Aaya Dil and Il­lahi.

Chang (who did a great job host­ing the night) is an en­ter­tain­ing per­former, and did jus­tice to catchy num­bers like Bad­tameez Dil. Yo-Yo Honey Singh also re­turned in the sec­ond half of the show to per­form some of his hip hop hits, such as Brown Rang and Blue Eyes.

To a crowd that was pre­dom­i­nantly there to watch their screen idols, how­ever, these per­for­mances oc­ca­sion­ally seemed to go on too long, and there were grum­blings heard for more of Shah Rukh, Mad­huri and Rani.

The night ended on a high note, with Shah Rukh, Mad­huri and Rani com­ing to­gether to per­form the catchy Dee­wangi Dee­wangi song. But rather than the an­tic­i­pated ex­plo­sive end­ing, the num­ber felt a lit­tle tame; like the rest of Temp­ta­tion Reloaded, it left ev­ery­one want­ing just a lit­tle bit more. you don’t even re­alise how af­fected you are by their mes­sage. I love a great sassy bluesy num­ber that’s full of at­ti­tude so you can re­ally sink your teeth into and pour your heart out, like Etta James’ At Last or Nancy Wil­son’s Save Your Love For Me.”

With pow­er­ful vo­cals and a warm and wel­com­ing stage pres­ence, fer­nan­dez is all set to give au­di­ences two nights of smooth jazz topped up with some soul and R&B.

As she has been on the scene for many years, per­form­ing has be­come sec­ond na­ture to her, but she still throws ev­ery­thing she has into each per­for­mance.

“You have to love it to death, mean ev­ery­thing you sing, say or do. And most im­por­tantly, tell your most hon­est story when you per­form. That’s what touches people and makes it great.”

Apart from a fan­tas­tic voice, fer­nan­dez says that hav­ing thick skin helps with be­ing in the mu­sic busi­ness.

“Be true to yourself and your mu­sic. Be pas­sion­ate, dis­ci­plined and com­mit­ted,” says fer­nan­dez on the recipe for suc­cess.

You wouldn’t have guessed shah Rukh Khan is heal­ing from a leg in­jury the way he danced at the Temp­ta­tion Reloaded con­cert on satur­day.

One of the high­lights of the evening was the en­er­getic per­for­mance by Mad­huri dixit.

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