'Unforgettable' opening with 10,000 fans for Bachchan tour

Toronto, July 19 (IANS) Living up to its hype, the Amitabh Bachchan-led Unforgettable Tour opened to an unprecedented response here. Billed as the biggest-ever Bollywood live show abroad, the three-hour inaugural kept the 10,000-strong audience at the Rogers Centre riveted.

Torontonians could not have asked for more as the Big B, son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Ashwariya Rai appeared together at a live show for the first time Friday night. And it turned out be a spectacular debut for the Bachchan clan as they kept the audience on their feet with their solo and collective performances.

Akshay Kumar and Preity Zinta too threw in equally brilliant performances in this song and dance extravaganza, as did Ritesh Deshmukh and Vishal Shekhar.

Opening the evening, Preity set the tone with a couple of breathtaking numbers, including "Pretty woman" (from her film "Kal Ho Na Ho"), before calling on stage "the sexy and gorgeous and unforgettable dude" Abhishek.

Abhishek popped up somewhere in the crowd and had to be escorted to the stage. Once on stage, he raised the tempo further by belting out hit songs from his films such as "Dus" and "Bunty Aur Babli". His "Dus bahane karke le gaye dil" left his female fans hysteric. Old timers tapped their feet when he sang his dad's "Khai ke paan Banaras wala" from "Don".

And as expected, Ash drove the audience crazy with her super hit "Crazy kiya re". For his part, Big B had something for everyone - from "Rang barse" ("Silsala") to "Roop hai tera sona, sona" ("Kabhi Kushi, Kabhi Gham") to "Kajra re" ("Bunty Aur Babli").

However, the evening belonged to Akshay, who literally set the Rogers Centre on fire with his exciting and interactive performance. Having lived here on and off and known the pulse of the city, he opened with hit song from his yet-to-be released film "Singh Is Kinng", followed by "Dil da mamla hai dilbar" and "Tere roop di ho gayee balle, balle".

A virtual stampede broke out near the stage when he offered any girl to come on stage and sing a love song with him. Having chosen a smart girl, he offered her a gift box before singing with him. And when she unwrapped the box, out came a nightgown!

Before the sheepishly smiling girl could recover, he wrapped his arm around her and launched into "Bheegay honth tere" from the film "Murder". Indeed, Torontonians could have not asked for more.

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