#Showbiz: Epic Bollywood bash on Dec 1

BOLLYWOOD superstar Hrithik Roshan will lead an ensemble of Indian celebrities to entertain fans in Malaysia during the 'Stars On Fire Kuala Lumpur Live In Concert' at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Dec 1.

Production company Heart Art Entertainment, which is responsible for crafting the extravaganza, plans to provide concertgoers with a memorable experience that highlights nostalgic moments from 1990s Bollywood to more recent contemporary hits.

"It's been eight years since Hrithik was in Malaysia to entertain fans, and he's very enthusiastic about returning and delivering a special show.

"Although he's now 49, he's very much in good health and has been given the green light by his medical team to travel and perform on tour," said Heart Art Entertainment director Sonali Rana in Kuala Lumpur recently.

"We've assembled a group of popular Bollywood artistes who we believe will entertain the audience.

"There will be plenty of dancing, singing, medleys of songs and opportunities for the celebrities to interact with the crowd to heighten the excitement.

"We want to give fans the chance to get close to the stars. We also have plans to have local artistes during the show.

"We want to celebrate inclusiveness and include a Malaysian flavour. So, expect lots of surprises."

She said the concert would be akin to a live version of variety television shows and would include fun games involving the Bollywood stars and the audience.

Award-winning dance choreographer Prabhu Deva and singing sensation Aastha Gill will be joined by actresses Vaani Kapoor, Maliaka Arora and Sanya Malhotra during the show.

Celebrity couple, hosts and comedians Bharti Singh and Harsh Limbachiyaa will also be present.

"We want to bring a nostalgic feel and entertain fans with music from the '90s with other contemporary tunes, as has been demanded by fans here.

"We hope everyone will have a great time as we celebrate Indian culture through its vibrant, diverse and entertaining aspects," she said.

Sonali said fans were in for a treat and that the duration of the concert would depend on the crowd's reaction.

"This concert is scheduled to last for about three hours. But it all depends on how the fans are that night. It may carry on further if they are enthusiastic and want more."

In a video showcase, Hrithik expressed his elation to be back.

"Hello Malaysia, I am so excited to be performing live in your capital city, Kuala Lumpur, after eight long years.

"You've always given me so much love, and I look forward to being in your presence once again," he said.

When asked about his preparations, Sonali said Hrithik, who was in Dubai at the time, was on top of things despite his busy schedule.

"He just finished three back-to-back song shoots for (the new action movie) 'Fighter' (which also stars Deepika Padukone and Anil Kapoor) coming out in January.

"But he's taking time to rest and to work on his preparations for the upcoming show.

"Hrithik has a fitness coach and a cook who travel with him. So he's in good hands," she said.

Tickets to ʻStars On Fire Kuala Lumpur Live In Concertʼ are priced from RM149 to RM3,500, and availabe at or

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