Even as Dubai counts down to the much-awaited weekend concert by Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana, it seems the capital is also stringing music lovers to its beat with three mega Independence Day concerts, including one headlining actor-singer Farhan Akhtar.
'Bollywood in the Capital' will run across two days in the capital, from August 12-13, as part of the Abu Dhabi Summer Season.
Fan favourites Vishal-Shekhar will also join Akhtar on day one, while musical trio Shankar, Ehsan and Loy will grace the du Forum stage on Yas Island in a trifecta of performances brought to the capital by Flash Entertainment in association with Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).
On August 12, the much versatile Akhtar will take to the stage with his rock band, with the talented powerhouse sure to give fans a flashback to his 'Rock On!!' tracks, along with hits from films such as 'Dil Dhadakne Do', 'Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara' and even 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'.
Can we expect a sneak peek into ‘Rock On 2’s’ interlude, which will see Akhtar reprise his role as Aditya Shroff, the lead singer of a rock band? Only time will tell.
Joining Akhtar will be music duo, singers, lyricists and part-time actors, Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani.
With the duo already making waves this year with the soundtrack of ‘Sultan’ and ‘Fan’, Dadlani and Ravjiani look set to perform their golden collection of past and present hits for the first time in the Middle East with an impeccable list of films on their shared resume.
The following day, Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani and Loy Mendonsa are set to perform both all-new hits and their platinum classics in Abu Dhabi for the first time in the Middle East.
From debuting with ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ (2001) and blazing trails through the industry after the record-breaking ‘Kal Ho Naa Ho’ (2005), the trio are widely regarded as one of India’s gems with more than 20 awards and 50 soundtracks to show for their efforts.
Their impressive back catalogue includes over 50 soundtracks including music for the record-breaking box office hit, ‘My name is Khan’, which incidentally premiered in Abu Dhabi in 2010.
Tickets for both performances at the du Forum start at Dh150, and are available at across all Virgin Megastores across the UAE and Ticketmaster.