Da-Bangg tour is like a fun holiday: Sonakshi Sinha
As we inch closer towards Bollywood’s big date with the Da-Bangg tour in Dubai, we speak to two of the principal stars from the concert, Sonakshi Sinha and Prabhu Deva
Sonakshi Sinha serenaded the audience with her earthy Indian look when she made her debut with Dabangg in 2010 starring Salman Khan and immediately became a mass favourite. She also recently danced in the recreation of the iconic Indian song Mungda for Total Dhamaal. The original song featured Helen. Don’t be surprised if Sonakshi dances to this popular tune in Dubai on March 15 during Da-Bangg: The Tour-Reloaded. A host of Bollywood celebrities including superstar Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez, Prabhu Deva, Daisy Shah, Guru Randhawa and Manish Paul will set the stage on fire at Dubai Festival City Mall, South Festival Bay dancing to the greatest hits from the Hindi film industry.
Sonakshi is very excited for this tour; after all the concert is named after her debut film Dabangg, and she will be joining her Dabangg 3 gang including her co-actor Salman and director Prabhu Deva on stage. “Of course I am so excited! I have always received so much love from Dubai and its people... we have so many nationalities who watch and love our films, so I’m looking forward to performing there,” said Sonakshi in an email interview with City Times about the highly entertaining Bollywood dance-music extravaganza.
Her Dabangg director Prabhu Deva who is considered one of the most talented dancers from the Indian film industry also echoed her sentiments. “Yes, I am so happy and full of enthusiasm to perform in Dubai. Performing anywhere always brings me so much of happiness and love and I can’t wait to entertain the UAE fans.”
The gang is coming to Dubai after performing in London, Hong Kong, Auckland, Melbourne, US, and Canada. The Da-Bangg show is a successful franchise now. So what’s the best memory that Sonakshi can recall from the tour? “All the shows have been super memorable. The kind of energy our audiences have got has always been electric!”
The tour is a big budget production with superstars of the Indian film industry dancing and interacting with the audiences on their favourite dance numbers. Sonakshi added they work hard to make sure that nothing goes wrong and the fans have the best time seeing their favourite stars perform live in front of them. “It takes a lot of rehearsals to get the show right. But because this tour has been so successful and we have performed in so many places, we know the acts like the back of our hands!”
Prabhu Deva who has danced on favourite numbers such as Urvasi, Muqabla, Que Sera Sera, etc also spoke about the hard work that goes behind performing in dance shows. “We don’t count how many days we rehearse because there is a lot of hard work and effort that goes behind our training. Not just me but even other stars and technicians give their everything to bring out our best.”
Prabhu Deva spoke about moments leading up the concert when the stars spend time with each other sharing real moments. “The best memory is all of us traveling on the flight where we are all together. The atmosphere is so friendly. We are all like family, and nobody behaves like a star. Even moments leading up to the final act when we are in the green room, we share the same nervous energy even though I am mostly busy doing my stretches and warm ups.”
Prabhu Deva who has also directed many famous movies like Wanted, Rowdy Rathore, Action Jackson, etc and is currently busy shooting for Street Dancer with Varun Dhawan and Shraddha Kapoor, shared his routine before going on stage. “On the day of the show, I make sure that I don’t eat solid food. I only drink juice and water. I also pray to feel at peace with myself and to find the mental strength to perform perfectly. Going to the stage after my prayers makes me perform very confidently.”
We wanted a sneak peek into what happens after the show. So we asked the talents if they hang out after the show or go their own way.
“Yeah, we do hang out. The team really gets along with each other, and it’s always like a fun holiday for all of us,” said Sonakshi.
Even Prabhu Deva agreed that they hang out a lot together. “But sometimes we go our way. It all depends on our mood. When we are tired, we go and rest, otherwise we chill together.”
Da-Bangg The Tour: Reloaded is managed, scripted and directed by Sohail Khan Entertainments and JA Events.
Dubai fans will also have the opportunity to dance with Salman Khan on stage at the event.