When Amitabh Bachchan says he is amazed at the sophistication and professionalism many Indian star shows have acquired over the years, he knows what he is talking about. For Amitabh, who had his first big show in America in the early 1980s at the Giant Stadium in New Jersey, was perhaps the first big star from the Hindi cinema to popularise the concept.
When he spoke about the evolution of the desi shows in America, Canada and Britain at a press meet for the Unforgettable tour, he also paid tribute to the promoters of the soldout New Jersey and New York shows: Bharat Jotwani, Victor Khubani and Sona Patel.
The Atlantic City event was held on August 9 and drew over 12,0000 ecstatic fans. The Nassau Coliseum event in New York on August 15 is expected to draw about 15,000.
Sona Patel, whose firm Dreamakers is partnering in a grand venture like the Unforgettable for the first time, is the only high profile impresario among over a dozen Indian promoters. She has been involved in a number of shows earlier. Her plans to give a corporate touch to the shows by streamlining them, connecting stars with the fans, and by getting the support of a big organisation such as Dish Network would please someone like Amitabh, who loves to see the Indian shows become even more professional than the ones Hollywood organises.
Text: Arthur J Pais in Atlanta City | Photographs: Paresh Gandhi
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