SHE came, she performed, she captivated! When we talk about Bollywood artists, there are performers and then there are performers. Yes, Neha and Tony Kakkar really captivated Brisbane Audience. The Tivoli, an old landmark of Brisbane, fondly remembered for its stand up comedy and cabaret shows of yesteryears was probably as good a venue as one could get for such a show. For many new comers to Brisbane this would have been their first outing at the Tivoli. I must say that there was a bit of confusion as to what kind of show it would be, especially with all the uncle and auntijis who are used to a traditional theatre style seating. This event was a young at heart non-stop DJ Party night, in a semi night club atmosphere, and was promoted as such.
A fully licensed venue is required for such a performance, and yes the sound has to be full on with the bass turned up, because baby ko Bass pasand hay! The atmosphere was rife and the sound was pumping, fans had filled the Tivoli to capacity eager to dance the night away. The event began with a VIP meet and greet, in the balcony Neha and Tony mingled with the sponsors and VVIP ticket holders. Curtain Raiser performance by local singer Hansa Pahwa was well received, on the night we saw a very refined and well choreographed performance by Dance Masala, their performance was world class, all the dancers were handpicked for the show and the choreography was superb, Andrea Lam, this is your ticket to Bollywood. DJ Shake Chilli flawlessly spun the tracks for this nonstop party. For the main event Tony kakkar came on stage first, with his popular numbers, he connected well with the audience with his genuine smile and humble gestures , he led the crowd in to cheering Neha on to the stage, who came on stage with a bang!.
Deepak and Samika Bhandari of Shaurya Entertainment did a wonderful job of organising the show, there is a lot that goes on to make a show a grand success and these two and their team left no stone unturned. Expert Education and Visa Services were the event partners, Brisbane Indian Times and Australian Indian Radio were the exclusive media partners. Other sponsors were Tangalooma Island Resort, The Surpriser, Migration Mantra, IIMT, Delights of Paradise and Pepperchic. The event was well supported by other organisations.