Shahrukh, Deepika, Abhishek entrall Chicago


When Shahrukh Khan announced ‘SLAM! The tour’, a series of overseas concerts featuring the cast of his upcoming film ‘Happy New Year’ it was expected to be grand, glamorous affair. So far the tour has lived up to its hype with several performances held in multiple cities of America. The ‘Happy New Year’ gang visited the great city of Chicago on 26th September.

The concert was held in the Sears Centre Arena which is located in a suburb, 25 miles from Chicago. The 11,000 seater arena has seen performances from the like of Bob Dylan and Duran Duran in the past. On this night, it was jam packed with people who wanted to get a little taste of Bollywood magic. The show featured performances by SRK, Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, Sonu Sood, Malaika Arora Khan, Boman Irani, Vivaan Shah, and singer Kanika Kapoor. The director of ‘Happy New Year’ Farah Khan also took to the stage.

The show was almost two and half hours long and featured popular Bollywood songs along with professionally choreographed dancing.  The successful show was organized in Chicago by Bhavesh Patel and Babubhai Patel who represented L.A.TAN. LA TAN is considered as pioneers of organizing big scale Bollywood shows in the region. Before the start of the show, one of the organizers Nick Patel went to the stage and thanked the participating stars for their hard work. He added,   "Meaning of SLAM is Sound, Light, Action and Movie also Seduce, Love, Amaze, Mesmerize"

The introductory dance performance was given by the youngster Vivaan Shah who is the son of legendary actor Nasseruddin Shah. The first major performance was given by reigning queen of Bollywood, Deepika Padukone. Her grand entry amazed everyone and she followed it up with a spectacular performance with gracious dance moves. After her, Abhishek Bachchan came to the stage and performed. He also interacted with members in the audience.

SRK himself entered the stage in flying style, hanging from a rope. He made the audience go wild. The show was also enriched by supporting performances by Sonu Sood and Malaika Khan and the comedy act of Farah Khan and Boman Irani. SRK later added a twist to the show by choosing a couple from the audience.  The couple was brought to the stage where they talked and danced with SRK. They were also presented with a Harley Davidson motorbike and SRK posters with his signature.  Shahrukh Khan in his speech thanked the organizers and said, "I am blessed to get a lot of love and support from people around the world. This is our way of giving this love back and thanking you all'’