Salman Khan, who performed at an award show last weekend, made last-minute alterations to the evening’s plan to squeeze in his performance. The actor was to dance to a medley of his songs after the event, which was to be inserted into the show before hitting the small screen. But last minute, the 46-year-old decided he would rather perform live.
“Salman’s team had worked out the plan that his act would be recorded after everyone had left the venue,” says Anil Jha of Star Network, the broadcasters who will be airing the Big Star Entertainment Awards on New Year’s eve. “But after he walked the red carpet and spent some time, he sent his team to check if his performance could be turned into the concluding performance for the evening. We agreed.”
Salman’s act involved plenty of props including a huge guitar. Jha says, “It was a complicated setting and we didn’t want to mess it up. But we couldn’t say no to Salman. It didn’t disrupt the evening’s proceedings because we were supposed to end with the announcement of the top honours. Instead, we ended with Salman’s act, which had a countdown to bring in the New Year. When you watch it, it seems like a live event.”
Many top stars don’t perform for the audience present at the venue. TV channels and event companies make arrangements to either record it pre-event or shoot it later. Recently, Ajay Devgn, who made his award-show debut with a dance act, recorded his performance before the event. It was added at an appropriate juncture for the TV audience.