Bol­ly­wood su­per­star NZ bound

Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - HUGH COLLINS

One of the world’s big­gest celebri­ties is head­ing for New Zealand, yet many Ki­wis won’t know his name.

Sal­man Khan is a Bol­ly­wood su­per­star and is set to per­form at Vec­tor Arena on April 21.

With 34 mil­lion Face­book fol­low­ers the ac­tor, singer and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity is ar­guably big­ger than any Hol­ly­wood celebrity.

Bol­ly­wood, the term for In­dia’s enor­mous movie in­dus­try, is the most pro­lific pro­ducer of film in the world in terms of pro­duc­tions re­leased and peo­ple em­ployed.

Khan will per­form mu­si­cal stage show Da-Bang in Auck­land along with six other Bol­ly­wood stars as part of a world tour.

Pro­mot­ers Sa­muel and Deepa Sen said the 51-year-old is the big­gest star in Bol­ly­wood.

Sa­muel has brought Bol­ly­wood events to New Zealand since the 1990s through his com­pany RS Pro­mo­tions - and was in­volved with Khan’s per­for­mance at the Lo­gan Camp­bell Cen­tre in 1996.

Khan was a per­fec­tion­ist which made the lo­gis­tics of Da­Bang in­tri­cate and chal­leng­ing, Sa­muel said.

‘‘The way he’s re­hears­ing and ev­ery­thing, he’s not com­pro­mis­ing on it.’’

At the start of March Sa­muel trav­elled to In­dia for meet­ings in re­la­tion to the event and even got to meet Khan.

He said he was amazed at his hu­mil­ity and en­dear­ing per­son­al­ity.

De­spite a tu­mul­tuous past, Sa­muel said Khan was a com­pas­sion­ate per­son and gave away a lot of his prof­its through his char­ity Be­ing Hu­man.

’’He gives op­por­tu­ni­tys to the un­der­priv­i­leged.’’

Da-Bang will be per­formed in English and Hindi, but English speak­ers won’t have much dif­fi­culty fol­low­ing it, Sa­muel said.

‘‘The way this show is de­signed, it just doesn’t cater for In­di­ans.

‘‘Any­one can come and en­joy it.

‘‘My son is seven and my mother is 68, they are both fans.’’

Bol­ly­wood is one of the big­gest film pro­duc­ers in the world in terms of the num­ber of peo­ple em­ployed and the num­ber of films pro­duced.

In 2011 more than 3.5 bil­lion tick­ets were sold across the globe which in com­par­i­son is 900,000 tick­ets more than Hol­ly­wood.

Bol­ly­wood pro­duced 252 films in 2014 out of a to­tal of 1969 films pro­duced by In­dian cin­ema.

HUGH COLLINS/FAIRFAX NZ

Pro­moter Sa­muel Sen says there is a big de­mand for Bol­ly­wood pro­duc­tions in New Zealand.

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