Salman Khan headlines mega concert in Washington after 12-year hiatus

Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sonakshi Sinha, Daisy Shah, Prabhu Deva, Guru Randhawa set to rock the Capital One Arena, July 6

By Geeta Goindi

Washington, DC, July 5, 2018 – Indian superstar Salman Khan is all set to rock the stage at the Capital One Arena in the nation’s capital after a hiatus of twelve years.

The event billed as the Dabangg Reloaded Tour features the exceedingly popular actor performing alongside his co-stars Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez, Sonakshi Sinha and Daisy Shah. Together with dancer and choreographer Prabhu Deva, singer Guru Randhawa, and television anchor Maniesh Paul, the actors are on a two-week tour which takes them to nine cities in the US and Canada.

The Washington concert, organized by ace promoter Vijay Taneja of Elite Bollywood Entertainment, follows six sold-out shows in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Jose and Vancouver. The Dabangg squad will cap off their successful tour this weekend with three concerts in DC, New Jersey and Toronto.

Thousands throng to Salman Khan concert in Washington

At a press conference held on the eve of the Washington event, we asked Khan what has changed from his ‘Rockstars’ show in 2006 to ‘Dabangg Reloaded’.

At first he replied, “I don’t think anything has changed”. Then, thoughtfully, he added that there are noticeable differences in production and performances.

Before, the attitude was “theek hai chalta hai” (it’s fine, anything will work), he said. “Now, we are focused on every detail from costumes to songs, choreography, lights, selection of the dances. Everything is about giving our best so that the people who are buying expensive tickets” should enjoy the show and believe their money was well spent.

Indian actor Salman Khan addresses a press conference on the eve of his mega show, ‘Dabangg Reloaded’, in Washington, DC. The event, organized by Vijay Taneja of Elite Bollywood Entertainment, will be held July 6, 2018, at the Capital One Arena.

We queried the female artistes about their chemistry, the rapport they share off-stage. Khan quipped, “They hate each other”, to peals of laughter.

The bonhomie between the actresses was in full view at the press event.

Fernandez professed, “One of the most amazing things to come out of this tour is that all of us have been able to bond so well”. She mentioned it is the first time she is working and traveling with Kaif whereas she has co-starred with Shah in ‘Race 3′, and last year she performed with Sinha in two concerts held in England at which the duo “had an amazing time”.

Kaif indicated that “since Jackie said such lovely things” she was going to voice a complaint about her fellow actresses and, in good humor, cribbed, “I keep making gym plans every day and they keep running away from me”. Sinha, the last to arrive at the press event, joked, “You know why I was late today because I couldn’t move”. Debunking some media reports, she added, “Nobody is having cat fights”.

Actress Jacqueline Fernandez addressing a press conference on the eve of the Dabangg Reloaded concert in Washington, DC. Seated at right is actress Katrina Kaif who will be performing in the mega event by Elite Bollywood Entertainment at the Capital One Arena, on July 6, 2018

Shah informed us that her longest association is with Kaif dating back to the time when she served as an assistant choreographer in ‘Race 1′. She described Fernandez as “full of positive attitude” and recalled having “a lot of fun times” with Sinha.

“I have to say this entire tour, this entire journey has been so amazing”, Fernandez enthused. “It’s just new friendships and it’s been a lot of fun”.

The shows are coordinated, directed, scripted by Sohail Khan Entertainment and JA Events. Chicago-based Bhavesh Patel, reportedly a long-time close friend of Khan, is the international promoter for the North American tour.

At the Washington area press conference, Kaif gushed, “JA Events has put on such an amazing show and given us so much support – everything we wanted in our acts from our entries to other technical support. They have done a fantastic job”.

Warmly thanking the audience for all their support, Khan said in Hindi: “Aap sab apne hai aur aap log hamari picturey dekhte hai. Toh yeh sab hum apne liye hi kar rahe hai” (You all are ours and you watch our films. So, everything we are doing is for you).

Actor Salman Khan addresses a press conference on the eve of the ‘Dabangg Reloaded’ concert in Washington, DC. Seated with him are actresses Sonakshi Sinha (center) and Daisy Shah

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