Friday, October 17, 2008


It was one debt that Himesh Reshammiya would gladly forever repay. The actor-music director-singer paid an ode to millions of his rickshaw driver and cabbie fans in the concert that was curtain raiser to Bhushan Kumar's Karzzzz at the Andheri sports Complex on Oct 12.

A star-studded performance, the act hosted by Mona Singh and Cyrus Broacha opened with Vineet from Saregama and Akriti Kakkar. Riya Sen in sensuous black set the stage afire with a medley of Tere Liye, Lagi Choote Na Junoon and Sisak. This was followed by a comic act. Amrita Arora in black and silver with Mirchi, Tandoori nights and Jumme Raat medley sizzled next.

Tulsi Kumar in a stunning electric blue outfit performed a medley of Mohabbat Ki from Aksar, Tum Sason Me, Afsana Banake f Hai Tadap, Tere Naal and Tere Bin Chain Na Aaye to a thunderous applause.

Black seemed to be the norm with Neha Dhupia in a jet black figure-hugging dress with Tera Mera Mera… Suroor, Aameen, Shakalaka Boom Boom and Zara Jhoom Jhoom. Amisha Patel rocked in a black and silver combo to Soniye Soniye, Janabe Janiya and Jhalak Dikhlaja.

The Karzzzz curtain-raiser followed and then came time for a colourfully decorated auto rickshaw entrée with Himesh Reshammiya taking centrestage. This time out, he had a lot of kids joining him and singing along in his act.

Bhushan Kumar then felicitated Himesh with a platinum disc honour. A visibly emotional Himesh acknowledged that Bhushan was one man who first believed in him and gave him the break he strived for. At a time when most people forget to look back as they grow in life, this was one touching act from Himesh that Bhushan acknowledged and respected as well.

Bhushan was joined by his pretty director wife Divya Khosla Kumar, Shweta Kumar, the heroine of Karzzzz, Tulsi Kumar, Vinod Bhanushali and director Ajay Kapoor and the rest of the team who made the concert happen.

Karzzzz curtain raiser was hosted by T-Series and Star Plus and produced and managed by Carving Dreams Live, a division of Carving Dreams Entertainment.

KARZZZZ is a film that explores the psychological traits every human being possesses, some of them so powerful that it leads them to commit vices of greed, obsession, hatred, deceit, betrayal, MURDER… Set amidst the majestic and breathtaking locales of South Africa, KARZZZZ is a remake of the 1980 Subhash Ghai hit "Karz". The film is produced by Bhushan Kumar & Krishan Kumar of T-Series, directed by Satish Kaushik and stars Himesh Reshammiya, Urmila Matondkar, debutante Shweta Kumar, Gulshan Grover, Raj Babbar & Danny Denzongpa. Karzzzz is slated to release on October 17. The concert will be telecast on Star Plus on Nov 9.

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