Bollywood masala at Melbourne
At the concluding ceremony of the Commonwealth Games today, the flavours of India - more specifically, Delhi - will come alive, as Bollywood stars rock the venue, the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The theme is Delhi because showcasing the next host country at the concluding ceremony is the tradition at the games (Delhi hosts the 2010 Commonwealth Games). The baton will be handed over to Indian officials after a 15-minute cultural show that will represent the spirit of Delhi.
Performing at the ceremony will be Rani Mukerji, Aishwarya Rai, Saif Ali Khan and Isha Sharwani, to a special number titled Dilli Dhamaal. The song has been penned by Javed Akhtar, and accompanying the stars on stage will be Shiamak Davar’s dance troupe. Percussionists Taufiq Qureshi and Sivamani, besides playback stars Sunidhi Chauhan and Shreya Ghoshal will also perform. The show is choreographed by Davar and the costumes are designed by Anna Singh. The event is produced and directed by Wizcraft.
Says Viraf Sarkari of Wizcraft: “The air is filled with excitement. We are all set to paint the city of Melbourne in the vibrant colours of Delhi - that too in true filmy ishtyle.” He further informs that the troupe got a great response from the Indians staying in Melbourne. “We are coordinating with about 400 local Indians for D-day,” says Sarkari. “Putting together the show has been a great experience.”
Rani reached Melbourne yesterday and Aishwarya joins the troupe today, straight from Brazil where she was shooting for
Though Priyanka Chopra won’t be performing, she will also be present at the finale. “India is going to host the Commonwealth Game 2010 and it’s an honour being invited here,” she says. “I hope the Bollywood performance defines the spirit of India - more so Delhi - for the world.”
Of course, there will be a sizeable contingent of the Delhi Government too, reportedly to ‘learn’ all about arranging such a do. But that’s another story.