Last Sunday, all roads led to the D.Y. Patil Stadium, in Nerul. The sweltering heat and the bumper-to- bumper traffic could not drown the excitement…it was a feeling I was sharing with the entire city, the whole country. The 44day IPL tournament was filled with anticipation, excitement, drama, agony & ecstasy… and the grand finale today was like a rock concert, with laser lights, music and dancers. It was glitz and glamour full throttle and I was to be a part of it.
It is only once you are part of something that you fully feel the passion the glory of it all. I had asked Sajid & Wajid, the music composers, to attend the rehearsals with me. I wanted them to ‘feel’ the spirit and capture it in a Theme Song for the show. They not only captured the spirit, the energy, the pace, the Dum of the show but as expected they did a brilliant job of it. The 10 ka Dum song is a racy pacy youthful number and I loved shooting it in less than four hours!
Serenading my way through the 65,000 odd crowds, I reached the stadium. Amidst waving & cheering crowds, the lights glowed the music blasted and the closing ceremony got started off. A group of dancers performed to some of my popular film songs… soon breaking into the awesome Dum da Dum music track. The entire stadium rocked to the music; while I made my entry …the moment was delirious, captivating! Being in front of, facing thousands of avam - it was simply mind blowing! It felt so good and made me once again realize how blessed I am. So many loving fans who shower so much love and good cheer, frenzied spectators it was like I had hamara bharat & the entire world watching and cheering me on!
When my father, Salim Khan, saw the rush print of my first film Sooraj Barjatiya’s Maine Pyar Kiya, I was very anxious to know his opinion. I approached him with a great deal of apprehension. I was relieved to learn from him that the film would be a major hit. He also said that no one could stop me from becoming a star, expect myself. I couldn’t understand this at that time, but later realized how correct he was.
Parents are amazing people, they stand by you always…