The way the Mumbai Indians lost to Rajasthan a couple of days ago (with below-average bowling at the death and some poor fielding costing them a semi-final berth) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) of cricket, I could not help but think of what things might be like if retired great and World Cup 1992 final MVP Wasim Akram (of Pakistan) played for Mumbai. I am a fan of and root for the Indian cricket team, but have always admired Mr. Akram (and somewhat envied him for how consistently good he was). Think of him as the Michael Jordan of bowling in cricket. With the game on the line, he would come out on top at least nine times of 10, regardless of the quality of the opposition. I wrote about my dream of seeing Sachin Tendulkar and Akram play together in this post, in which Akram is pictured with one of his fans, Ajay Devgan!
In any case, the IPL semi-finals are fast-approaching, and the final is on Sunday, June 1. As if all three games being played in Bombay weren't enough cause for excitement, Salman Khan will be performing at the final! Here are a couple of news pieces with notes: one from the Times of India, and another from Mid-Day. Part of this is an effort to promote Salman's entry into the television space as host of the show 10 Ka Dum.
A. The answer to the question at the beginning of the post is best summarized by this 10 Ka Dum promotional video. Cool, Sallu! His dance and look remind me of a couple of songs in Partner, and the stage with all the lights and dancers remind me of the promotional material (especially posters) of Jaan-e-Mann. Am I the only one who sees a similarity? As for the game show, I really think he'll be one of the better entertainers!
Here is a follow-up to this post, including footage from Salman's performance and the show.