The Unforgettable Tour: Coming to L.A. on July 26

[This note added 7/22: Celebrating Unforgettable Week at my blog, see this post for more.]

Saw Recount by HBO Films last night. Florida by 537 votes, an incomplete recount, the writ of certiorari, and protection from precedence. Saving the dimpled ad flier for an excellent portrayal of what followed the 2000 U.S. Presidential elections.

Been about a week and a half since I moved to Los Angeles. I have learned, through this and other interstate moves, that I have a much easier and less stressful time moving across countries than across states. I have learned that Los Angeles will be slightly colder than I expected -- it was 57 degrees a couple of days ago, and I had my cardigans out when I only needed them for a couple of January weeks in Miami. And I have learned that I shall enjoy the Bollywood quotient in Los Angeles more than I thought I would (it might not be the highest in the U.S., but it is a lot stronger than anywhere in Florida)!

Got tickets to see the self-proclaimed (in my eyes) King of Politics in Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, at The Unforgettable Tour! The L.A. stop of the Tour is on July 26, and tickets to the L.A. Sports Arena event are on sale via Ticketmaster. The shows will include Preity Zinta, Madhuri Dixit, Vishal-Shekhar, Ritesh Deshmukh, Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, and Akshay Kumar (only Toronto gets Akshay). For more information, visit

Since the Big B started blogging, I have wished he would talk more about films and what he likes over their inverse. Why someone of his stature feels he still has something to prove, I shall never understand. Still, I would like to think I am going to go see the Amit-ji that I grew up admiring.

Today, I might not primarily belong to his camp of fans (the keyword being 'primarily'), but this is not about one camp versus another (much like the upcoming U.S. Presidential elections are not about red states versus blue states). This is about one Bollywood (a term Amit-ji despises). He is undoubtedly one of Bollywood's all-time greats, and I was not about to let an opportunity to see him live in concert pass. So I hope to be more of a glass aadha bhara (half-full) kinda guy (unlike Amit-ji on his blog), and be there. Besides, I have an alias to live up to!

Of course, it might just be that I find the prospect of seeing Madhuri Dixit and my favorite Dil Chahta Hai (2001) lady Shalini, err...Preity Zinta, a lot more appealing ;)

So very excited! More on the Tour in July.


Filmi Girl said...

I saw that the US tour page is up and functioning! I'm very excited and can't decide whether to go to the show in Atlantic City or the one in New York City.

I went to the Bollywood "Rockstars" tour a couple of years ago and had a great time. :D

theBollywoodFan said...

Yes, they updated the website recently. Hope you make your decision soon!

Who all did you see at Bollywood "Rockstars"?

I really am excited. Amitabh is a father figure of sorts for Bollywood actors *and* fans. Can't wait!

Filmi Girl said...

It was a good tour! The ones I remember off the top of my head are Sallu, Zayeed Khan, John Abraham, and Kareena Kapoor. There were so many swooning girls in the audience.... :D

theBollywoodFan said...

Lucky you Filmi Girl! I haven't seen either in concert, but based on the videos I have seen of them performing, I think Salman Khan and Kareena Kapoor are two of the best!

This post has footage of Salman and Govinda at IIFA last year, and this one of Kareena and others at Miss India this year.

salek said...

Do you when the tour is coming to Chicago? For some reason the website isn't functioning every time I've tried to access it. Ticketmaster doesn't have the event in Chicago listed either.

If I'm able to go, this will be the first time I'll be attending a Bollywood stage show. I've always wondered how it would be to see the stars live on stage versus seeing them on screen.

theBollywoodFan said...

Not sure if the tour is going to Chicago, Salek. I cannot get to the website either, so it seems like it is not functioning. If the problem persists, I suggest you ask Sita-ji and her visitors at this related post at her blog, Bollywood Food Club.

salek said...

I just checked the Bollywood Food Club blog and Sita-ji had another website with the dates. Unfortunately Chicago was not listed, and I doubt the tour is coming here. Let me know how it goes in LA.

theBollywoodFan said...

Sorry to hear :( I'll do my best to cover the extravaganza (at least that is what I expect). One of the events I had covered this year was an Asha Bhosle concert.

theBollywoodFan said...

Salek: Seems like the show is on in Chicago after all! See comments at the Bollywood Food Club post.

salek said...

Bahut bahut shukriya aapka! It seems that the tour will be coming to Chicago on the same day as my 18th birthday. I received a lot of money for my high school graduation last month and originally I would‘ve spent most, if not all, of it to get prime seats. However with the high costs of college looming over my head, maybe it would be wiser to save as much as money as I can for paying tuition.

My parents went to a Bollywood stage show a few years ago, featuring SRK, Sanjay Dutt, Juhi Chawla, and Sushmita Sen. They paid $75 for each of their tickets, which got them decent but not great seats. While they were far from the rabble with the cheaper tickets, they could hardly see the faces on stage, and instead had to rely on the big screen. Seven years later, ticket prices are more expensive. For the Chicago show, the price range is from $60 to upwards of $300. But besides actually seeing the stars onstage, is their really any plus to buying VIP or VVIP tickets?

Anyway I’m really looking forward to seeing Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, and Preity Zinta perform live. Initially I was skeptical of Vishal-Shekhar as performers, but they both have proved themselves as talented singers. I know that Vishal has done playback singing, but was completely unaware of Shekhar’s vocal talents until last Saturday’s episode of Jo Jeeta Wohi Superstar. During his critique of Abhijeet Sawant’s performance, Shekhar beautifully sang a few lines of ‘Falak Tak’ from Tashan. I’ve done some research and apparently Shekhar is a classically trained singer.

Many thanks for the tip!

theBollywoodFan said...

You're very welcome, Salek. I'm with you on the tickets being expensive. Think of it this way: one VIP ticket could fetch textbooks for the entire semester!

The VIP and VVIP tickets are worth their price if it's a star you really like. E.g. I would certainly not hesitate to get those tickets if Aamir Khan or A. R. Rahman came along. Some times, they also let you meet with the stars if you have the VVIP tickets. Don't think this is the case with the Unforgettable tour, but it's something worth noting.

Should be a fun concert nevertheless. Do share your thoughts if you decide to go!

Sharan said...

is madhuri coming to chicago?

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Sharan: Thank you for stopping by. Per 'The Tour' section at The Unforgettable Tour website, Madhuri Dixit will be at the following stops:

Los Angeles
San Francisco
Atlantic City
New York

Sorry, Chicago's not on the list :(

salek said...

I think Madhuri Dixit might very well be coming to Chicago. Here's why:

The same page which you cite says

"Each city that 'The Unforgettable Tour' travels to will have one celebrity guest performer."

If this holds true for Chicago, then Madhuri will likely be the celebrity guest.

The Chicago show was added to the tour long after the other cities and those responsible for the upkeep of the site may not have yet updated that particular page. Also the tour will be coming to Chicago the day after its show in Atlantic City, but the weekend before the New York show. Both of these cities will see Madhuri perform, so unless the stars don’t travel together or she is unavailable that particular day, it would be safe to assume that Madhuri is coming to Chicago

Also when I was reading an Indian-American newspaper a few days ago, I saw a full-page ad specifically for the tour’s show in Chicago. The ad featured the entire cast of the tour (except Akshay Kumar) and among the stars was Madhuri Dixit.

Since she has in effect retired from the film industry and is focused on taking care of her family these days, this could very well be her last stage show ever and I don’t want to miss this chance to see one of my all-time actresses perform live, so I'll probably try to get the best seat I can!

theBollywoodFan said...

You know, I would likely not have bought my tickets were it not for Madhuri Dixit, so I completely understand where you are coming from. As an 80s kid, I fell in love with her in Tezaab, and then she did Deewaana Mujh Sa Nahin and Dil with Aamir Khan, and that kinda sealed the deal =)

In all seriousness, she really is one of the best in her class, and I would even say she has cemented her position atop the best of the best across three decades. That is extremely difficult to sustain, and she has managed to do it, ahead of the likes of Juhi Chawla and Sridevi (my other bachpan ke crushes, lol) ;)

Madhuri was even amazing in Aaja Nachle last year, although it didn't do too well. And I truly hope we see more of her.

tina said...

OOOO my GOD...shekhar u look sooooo sweet n hot has alway...luvs u so much...all the very best 4ur tour...GOD bless u shekhar...n GOD gives u lot n lot of prayers n my luvs 4ever wid..u luv u...ur karzy fan in pakistan

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Tina: Thank you for stopping by. I see Shekhar has a good fan following! Looking forward to the show in a couple of weeks!

Anonymous said...

Can anyone say when are these ppl coming to LA and where they gonna stay n stuffs..?

theBollywoodFan said...

Hi Anonymous: They are already in L.A., but I cannot say where they are staying. Thanks for stopping by.