Ac­tress DAISY SHAH gives Riya Lakhmani the in­side dope on the ex­cit­ing Da Bang in­ter­na­tional tour helmed by Sal­man Khan.

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It was su­per ex­cit­ing, star stud­ded and to­tally paisa va­sool. …Yes, we are talk­ing about the starry Da Bangg in­ter­na­tional tour pro­duced by So­hail Khan Pro­duc­tions in col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Choco­late Room. Of course, the Sul­tan of su­per­stars, Sal­man Khan along with a bevy of beauties was the star at­trac­tion - in­ci­den­tally, Sal­man hasn’t been a part of any such tour for the last 12 years so it was in­deed a huge bonus for his in­ter­na­tional fans. And to in­ject more ex­cite­ment to the tour were Bol­ly­wood beauties - Son­akshi Sinha, Bi­pasha Basu, Daisy Shah, Eli AvRam and more, who danced to the tune of hit songs in front of huge au­di­ences ev­ery­where. Cel­e­brated an­chor Man­ish Paul who sup­pos­edly flung off all in­hi­bi­tions by go­ing bare chested on stage, dance guru Prab­hudeva and fit­ness guru Deanne Pandey, were also a part of the en­tourage. The tour suc­cess­fully cov­ered its first lap - in pic­turesque Hong Kong - be­fore cel­e­brat­ing its grand fi­nale in the land of sun, sand ‘n’ bikini babes - Aus­tralia. With Ba­jrangi Bhai­jaan helm­ing the show, it was ob­vi­ously go­ing to be a re­sound­ing suc­cess, but the show ended up veer­ing to be­com­ing a phe­nom­e­nal hit, and the Sul­tan’s die-hard fans clam­oured for more… No won­der, the se­cond lap of the show is al­ready in the pipe­line. We caught up with the bub­bly Daisy Shah who gave us first­hand in­for­ma­tion about the be­hind-the-scenes hap­pen­ings and some cute anec­dotes about our ma­cho man Sal­man Khan on the very suc­cess­ful Da Bangg tour. Read on…

Yay! The Da-Bangg Tour Is Mine The first time the pro­duc­ers called me up to tell me that I was a part of the Da-Bangg tour, I was shocked as well as sur­prised. Of course, later on, I got to know that it was in col­lab­o­ra­tion with So­hail Khan Pro­duc­tions. And that’s when it clicked! I had de­buted with So­hail Khan Pro­duc­tions so that’s how I was part of the Da Bangg team. It’s for­mat was on the same lines as the Dream Team tour which was es­sen­tially that all the artistes who were part of this tour would travel to dif­fer­ent cities across the globe. How­ever,

this tour was much awaited as Sal­man hasn’t been associated with any such tour for the last 12 years. I guess that’s the rea­son the Da Bangg tour be­came such a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

Be­hind The Scenes It was a live show and that was a story in it­self. We film­stars are so used to re­takes but at a live show, there are no re­takes. So that was a bit scary as even if you miss a step, you can’t stop. The show must go on… There are so many anec­dotes that I will al­ways trea­sure. But there’s one that stands out in my mem­ory. I re­mem­ber we were trav­el­ling from Auck­land to Syd­ney. Syd­ney was where we were to have a huge live show and we were do­ing the fa­mous Michael Jack­son (MJ) step. Of course, I was su­per ner­vous - we were sup­posed to do the clas­sic MJ step and I was won­der­ing if I could do jus­tice to it. I am a su­perb dancer but this was dif­fi­cult. Sal­man just laughed at my ner­vous­ness. He in­sisted that we should all prac­tise on the flight. We were trav­el­ling in a pri­vate plane so I don’t know if that was al­lowed but still it was such a funny thing to say. We asked Prabhu Sir to show us the steps and be­fore the flight took off, he started danc­ing and it was amaz­ing! We all started clap­ping! Any­way, thank­fully, we mas­tered our steps and per­formed with a lot of vigour. I was over­whelmed to see that all our shows were house­ful. That re­ally boosted my spir­its. And per­form­ing in front of 15,000 peo­ple was in­deed an adrenalin rush. I was es­pe­cially over­whelmed as the au­di­ence was cheer­ing for me and call­ing out my name. And it felt great to have ex­pe­ri­enced that. It was a dif­fer­ent high al­to­gether.

Who says ac­tresses don’t get along with each other? Son­akshi Sinha and I had met be­fore and I know her quite well. But Bi­pasha Basu was some­one I didn’t know at all. I had never in­ter­acted with her in all th­ese years. But it was ab­so­lutely a plea­sure meet­ing Bi­pasha. She is is one of the sweet­est peo­ple I have ever met. All of us were al­ways to­gether be­cause of the sched­ule and travel. Be­ing a part of the group and shar­ing the stage with them was a huge thing for me. I was also very ex­cited be­cause I’ve never had the ex­pe­ri­ence of tour­ing with Sal­man Khan or any other stars on this tour. Hon­estly, it was fun! It never felt like ye bada hai ya ye chota hai. All of us were a team and every­body was in their el­e­ment. I se­ri­ously never thought it was go­ing to be so much fun. We used to have din­ner and break­fast to­gether, and then would party at night af­ter the shows. The only time we weren’t to­gether was when we were sleep­ing or tak­ing a shower, I guess!

Next Lap The shows first lap was su­per suc­cess­ful. I don’t know about the dates of the next round as of now. I don’t even know who else is go­ing to be a part of it but I have my fin­gers crossed, and hope that I am in. This time, the Da Bangg tour will be cov­er­ing Europe, London, U.S.A, Malaysia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sin­ga­pore.

Grand Fi­nale I just loved this group. When you spend more time with peo­ple, you un­der­stand their na­ture and you get to know them as an in­di­vid­ual. We of­ten de­velop per­cep­tions formed by the peo­ple and me­dia. But then a lot of times, a per­son is com­pletely dif­fer­ent from what they have been pre­sented. Com­ing back to the tour, it was amaz­ing! It was forty per­cent work and sixty per­cent dance. And I was just happy be­ing on the stage danc­ing! Dance is my forte so I was en­joy­ing my heart out. I never thought I’d hear thou­sands of peo­ple shout­ing out my name when I stepped on to the stage. That’s when I re­ally felt loved. This was a re­al­ity check for me. I felt over­whelmed know­ing that there were so many peo­ple out there who re­ally like me. Se­ri­ously, the Da Bangg tour was not just a tour to me, it was a time for me to bond with my fans, the other ac­tors and of course, Sal­man Khan.

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