It is one thing to know he’s a star, and another to observe that he is a people’s person. Performing on his fans’ favourite numbers from his collection, Punjabi actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh regaled the audience here at Chandigarh’s Leisure Valley on Tuesday evening, on the occasion of World Music Day.
The event, which marked Hindustan Times, Chandigarh’s 16th anniversary, was the first public show by the actor in Punjab post the release of his Bollywood film Udta Punjab. Enjoying the love and attention of a wider audience post the release of the film, the actor is all set to deliver in Sardaarji 2 on Friday. He assured his fans that it ‘will be better than part one’. The loud applause by the crowd as Dosanjh made a grand entry on the stage spoke of his connect with his fans.
BRINGING THE STAGE ALIVE
The actor has been busy promoting the Rohit Jugraj directed film in various parts of Punjab. For the first time, Dosanjh will be seen in a double role in this flick starring Sonam Bajwa and Monica Gill, who were also seen shaking a leg with their co-star during the concert.
The performer continuously interacted with his fans and even danced with children, some of whom he fondly took in his lap. Then of course, there was no letting go of the selfie ritual.
COMING UP, FAMILY ENTERTAINER
“My upcoming film is for kids and a family audience, so children will always remain the centre of the projects I take up,” Dosanjh had said in a recent interview to Hindustan Times. With popular bhangra moves, fireworks, and a lively affair at the concert at Leisure Valley was, indeed, a treat for Dosanjh fans. The actor even distributed music CDs of the film towards the end of the concert.
FANS AWAIT RELEASE OF SARDAARJI 2
Raghav Luthra, 20, a student at Panjab University, Chandigarh, said, “I don’t want him to stop singing ever. While we love his acting, it’s another thing to hear him sing. It’s therapeutic.”
Samira Sharma, 14, a Chandigarh-based government school student, said she had been regularly following Dosanjh’s updates on social media platforms and was curious to see what Sardaarji 2 has to offer. “I just can’t wait,” she added.
SOME FANS FACED THE MUSIC
However, some fans had to return disappointed despite having passes to the event. Chandigarh Police personnel were accused of being highhanded in dealing with fans.
Gerry Dhingra, 16, a Class 11 student of St John’s High School, Chandigarh, said, “A police constable spoke to me and four of my friends rudely and did not let us enter the VIP enclosure even though we had the passes for it. We waited till 7.45 pm and since Diljit Dosanjh hadn’t turned up either by then, we left. It was disappointing.” His friend, Ainesh Gupta, 16, said, “How could we be asked to leave despite having passes?”
The presenting sponsor for the live concert were Deepak Nayyar, COO TDI Infrastuctures Private Limited and Jatin Jain, DGM, sales and marketing. The event was powered by Hyundai’s brand manager Sahil and Sanskriti Homes MD Ravi Garg. The associate sponsors were Himanshu Pant, regional head North, Ansal Homes; Deepak Makhija, GM, sales and Praphat Singh, DGM, sales, from ATS Group; Amardeep Singh, director Amson India; Deepak Kochhar, VP, sales and marketing from WWICS; Darpan Kapoor, MD of KAPSONS; Nikhil and Ankush from EYP creations, who organised the show.
Satvinder Singh from Speed Records created magic with the line-up on artistes and songs for the evening.
White Hill production house’s Gunbir Sandhu and Param, the CEO of the company, were present to mark the event. The event will be broadcast on MH One. There were live feeds from Daljit and links to the show are available on YouTube as well.