Magic at Bachchan’s Unforgettable Tour
Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan leads a pack of Indian movie stars on a 40-day global concert tour starting next week in a bid to showcase India’s vibrant film industry to newer audiences overseas.
The Unforgettable Tour, which kicks off in the Canadian city of Toronto on July 18, features Bachchan, his son Abhishek and daughter-in law Aishwarya Rai among others, organizers said on Friday (July 11).
When asked what new their troupe would be offering people, Amitabh Bachchan said humorously that he is old now, so he has roped in new talent.
“I don’t have anything new to offer. I am so old myself, I better be myself, therefore I am taking a lot of new stars with me so that they give the young touch to it. I shall offer my old self,” said Amitabh.
Apart from the Bachchan family, the three-hour events, choreographed by Shiamak Davar, will see performances by Bollywood actors, Preity Zinta, Riteish Deshmukh and musicians Vishal-Shekhar.
“I think I am not going to let the cat out of the bag, I think you will have to wait for it, but I can promise you that we will put up a great show. And we all are working very hard,” said Zinta.
While the entire troupe is excited about the forthcoming tour, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, former Miss World who married into the Bachchan family said that it would mean time out with family.
“The biggest stars of this show apart from the fact that it is a fantastic troupe coming together., family, pa (Amitabh Bachchan), truly a privilege and a pleasure. Abhishek, dear husband, looking forward to that now,” said Aishwarya.
With each show pegged at over a million dollars and 15 tons
of equipment and costumes required by a 150-member crew, organizers said getting the Tour together in eleven cities in America and Europe had been a challenge.
Some of the celebrities originally signed on for the Unforgettable Tour, including Bipasha Basu and Lara Dutta, have dropped out. But others like Shilpa Shetty, Madhuri Dixit and Akshay Kumar have agreed to be part of the Tour in some cities.
Organizers said all shows had already been sold out although local Tour websites showed tickets, ranging from $50 – $500, were still available.
Even Western audiences had apparently bought tickets to watch what organizers said would be the 65-year-old Bachchan’s first stage performance in two decades.