HYDERABAD: It was a Monday, sans the usual blues for Hyderabadis. Since morning the city was upbeat with palpable excitement waiting for the curtains to go up on what can be undoubtedly be described as the biggest ‘filmy’ show that the Nizam’s land has ever witnessed — the Times Salman Nite.
While the audience did have to patiently wait for Tiger Khan to make an appearance, it was all worth it when Pandeyji eventually took to the stage dressed in a glittering golden shirt and black trousers, complete with the trademark bracelet and deadly attitude.
The crowd that had filled every nook and cranny of the sprawling Hitex Grounds went ballistic when Sallu bhai grooved to the peppy tunes of Oh Oh Jaane Jaana or shook his booty to the beats of Dhinka Chika. If the women could not stop professing their love for Bollywood’s original ‘Robin Hood’ and were heard screeching with joy, the men could barely stop cheering for their on-screen role model. Shunning their comfy seats, the vast gathering jumped to their feet when Salman, along with his graceful group of dancers, started to move to the chartbuster track Hud Hud Dabangg Dabangg. The signature steps of the racey number that has gained unprecedented popularity worldwide by now, saw Hyderabadis go wild with delight. Unable to contain themselves, the audience broke in to a deafening round of applause with some even joining in to dance with the superstar of Hindi cinema.
And if this Dabangg appearance was not enough, Chulbul made a comeback again, post a brief interval, donning the role of the romantic hero from the days of Maine Pyaar Kiya and Hum Saath Saath Hai. Instead of the beefy Bodyguard, it was lover boy Sameer (from Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam) who took to the stage this time and instantly charmed his Hyderabadi fans with his dreamy numbers like Chand Chupa Badal Mein and Dil Diwana Bin Sajna Ke.
But how could the evening be complete without a sneak peak into what is being touted as the biggest release of 2012 — Dabangg 2. So, Sallu bhai kindly obliged with a few quick steps from Pandey Ji Bajaye Seeti. In fact, to ensure that Hyderabadis do not forget the track too soon, he even called on stage a bunch of boys and gave them a crash course not just in dancing but also in whistling. The women too were no less lucky — at least four girls, who won themselves a chance to play Rajjo (Sonakshi’s role in Dabangg) alongside their heartthrob.
“I don’t think I can ever get over this moment of watching Salman Khan live. I have, for years, admired him and seeing him perform has been one of my long cherished dreams. This is truly an awesome feeling,” said a visibly blushing Nidhi Singh, who could barely stay put in her seat, seeing the Love Guru rock the stage.
If King Khan and his suaveness remained the highlight of the night, playback singer Sukhwinder Singh too did an outstanding job of enthralling the crowd with his robust voice and unending energy. The gathering went into a frenzy as the musical sensation belted out one number after another. The evening that started with Fashion Ka Hai Yea Jalwa, continued with super-hits like Jai Ho, Chak De, Beedi Jalaile, Chaiyya Chaiyya, Hole Hole and much more. Stints by popular singers Manoj Tiwari and Aditi Paul, in between the show, kept the tempo of the evening going.
In all, it was a date that neither Pandeyji nor Hyderabad will wish to forget too soon.
Source: Zee news