Come Thursday and the star-struck Dubai audience will be out there in full force to savour the Jalwa or exclusive appearance of their Bollywood heroes and heroines. It's after a long time that the big draw sextet Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor, Tusshar Kapoor, Amrita Aurora, Ishaa Koppikar ...

By Ilyas Qureshi

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Published: Tue 3 Feb 2004, 1:27 PM

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and the popular Pakistani band Strings will be performing live at the Al Wasl Football Stadium in Dubai.

The best part of the show is its affordability as informed by the organiser Suhail Anwar of Inneraccess Events. "This being a part of the Dubai Shopping Festival we are offering tickets for Dh50 and Dh100 so as to make it attractive to all. Never ever have tickets for such a star-studded show been sold at this rate. We want families to come down and enjoy the show in all its entirety. It's a real value for money extravaganza," says Suhail adding, "We also have round tables for corporates priced at Dh500, Dh750 and Dh1,000 in the front area and the capacity of the stadium being 18,000 we can accommodate a large number of people in the lower tickets arena which is set mere 20 meters away from the stage and has dancing area as well."

If you have been following his career closely, you would have noticed that despite his tough guy image Salman is adept at dancing too. Some of his previous movies have showcased his skills to the accompaniment of some foot-tapping music. If in Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega it was Aisa Pehli Baar then his other flick has him gyrating to Savariya in a stage sequence.

There are many more like Tere Naam, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and Biwi No.1 and some shot in the outdoor locales of Switzerland and New Zealand. And when it comes to live shows Salman wins the popularity contest hands down for his impish looks which appeal to the youngsters and seniors alike. His energy on stage is remarkable as he gyrates in solo dance numbers not to mention the heat of excitement he generates when he throws his shirt to the audience.

Salman and the other artists will perform solo and duets in different combinations. Though he has not done a film with Kareena Kapoor so far, the King of Khans will team up with the leading beauty of Bollywood for a few pulsating numbers. Their chemistry on stage is to be seen to be believed assures the organiser informing that the show will end with a finale that will have all the performers making it happen on the stage.

Tusshar Kapoor, who started off on a weak note as a dancer, has managed to shed his inhibitions and now enthralls cinegoers with his trendy dance numbers. He himself enjoys dancing now and it shows in his live performances. Tusshar enjoys a rare camaraderie with Kareena thanks to their romantic pairing on the big screen. So, we can hope to see some fireworks on the Dubai stage when the two perform the Rabba Rabba, Ding Dong and Nikamma numbers.

Amrita Arora and Ishaa Koppikar have a few item numbers up their sleeves. The two dancing stars will take turns to perform their individual acts set to pulsating beats and the accompaniment of Broadway-like chorus dancers. Their repertoire includes few of the raunchy chart toppers of the time including Khallas, Ishq Samandar, Dilli Ki Thandi and Babuji while Strings will mix with the Indian stars to sing Chaye Chaye from their recent album Dhani.

The ensemble includes 30 dancers that will add to the magic on stage. Jalwa 2004 will bring the best of Bollywood's latest numbers in a well-choreographed sequence arranged by dance master Ganesh Hegde. Each of the artists will not only be making a dramatic entry but will also be performing the numbers that they are best remembered for in recent times. The production value will be second to none with Sun, Light and Sound providing the sound and lighting effects for the show. Special pyrotechnics and fireworks will truly make it seem like the stars have come to earth.

And come the day, the audience will be thrilled by the encounter of the starry kind, delirious with joy they will be singing Hum Dil De Chuke Salman all the way to the stadium...

Gates open at 7pm and the four-hour-long show starts at 9pm. The event is sponsored by My Siemens in association with 106.2 HUM FM.

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