On Sunday night, Durban raised a toast to 150 years of Indo-South Africa bonding. The friendship concert that brings cricket and entertainment together is an initiative of AAMEDIA, a South African corporate, and Cricket South Africa. It commemorated the arrival of the first Indian labourers to the country in 1860 to work on sugarcane plantations. Cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Makhaya Ntini were honoured. There were acts by South African artistes like Liquideep, Locnville and 1st Project.
Shah Rukh Khan performed to a medley of his romantic hits. Priyanka Chopra joined him on stage. Shahid performed to
Dhan te daan (Kaminey)
Mauja hi mauja
Nagada (Jab We Met)
before a crowd of 50,000. “We even saw the Indo-South Africa T20 match. It was great grooving before a live audience and seeing India win the match,” Shahid says.
A week earlier, the duo had shared the stage at the Star Screen Awards. Buzz is that peeved over the fact that Shahid had no time to rehearse, SRK had reduced his co-anchor to a mute spectator. Shahid denies any animosity between the them, pointing out that he had not wanted to host the show earlier because he was busy with the Mausam shoot. He’s been filming his father’s film in the same
(bungalow) where they’d shot
Jab We Met
earlier, with a unit of 350, the largest film unit in Punjab.
Shahid finally gave in, following repeated requests from the organisers as last year, SRK and his
had been a smash hit. Earlier, the function was scheduled for January 7 but it was preponed by a day. Because of the shift in dates, Shahid who had taken January 6 and 7 off from the
shoot, and then been delayed by a cancelled flight, found it difficult to rehearse for his anchor segment as well as the two acts he was doing. “Shah Rukh
was kind enough to take over our joint segment and do most of the talking while I practiced for my acts,” he says, adding, “There’s no ill feeling between us. We had a blast in South Africa.”