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