Without further ado, Vishal Dadlani & Shekar Ravjiani picked up that energy and amplified it 10 times over with their fantastic set list. Unlike the Sonu Niigaam concert (the last Saarang Bollywood proshow that I’d attended), Vishal-Shekar played all expected hits and did NOT disappoint! The OAT was like a huge party!
It was the quintessential filmi entrance with the thunderous beginning of Bachna Ae Haseeno (have to hand it to composers of yesteryear. Even in this day that tune of R D Burman’s , that riff – such a maddening effect!)
Older hits like Right Here Right Now (Bluffmaster), Dus Bahaane (Dus), Salaam Namaste and Khuda Jaane (Bachna Ae Haseeno) made way for more recent chartbusters. Om Shanti Om, was capitalized on with all three big tracks being performed – Aankhon Mein Teri, Deewangi & Dard-e-Disco (a not-so-Oriental cover).
The duo was visibly taken aback by the kind of response the audience emanated. Many mobile light/lighter-swaying moments accompanied the softer numbers.
Shweta Pandit was great support and delivered her recent hit, Thug Le from Ladies vs Ricky Behl besides other covers. Epic moments?
- Chammak Challo (from Raa One), which had Vishal launch into some unexpected Tamil
- Ooh La La (Dirty Picture) – Bollywood SUPREMACY!
- Desi Girl (Dostana) – They called 20 ’hawt girls’ onstage. Became more like 200.
- Sheila Ki Jawani (Tees Maar Khan) – By this point, every single person in that huge OAT was doing his or her own thing, onstage/offstage.
I still don’t know how Vishal & Shekar left the stage. The last time I saw Shekar, he was being crowd surfed to the left gate. The entire show was solid entertainment for two hours. It was a stellar end to four epic days of increasing fun!
CAMERA CREDITS: GEORGE VEDAMANICKAM