Bollywood rocks and how!

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Bollywood rocks and how!

Source: TNN

Date: 2 Nov 2008

By: Rachel Fernandes



We’ll say this, when Bollywood decides to support a cause... its stars go all out. Not just financially, but by being physically all there.


Some 23 years ago, they did it for the Aid Bhopal concert in support of victims of 1984’s Union Carbide tragedy. That’s how it was at the MMRDA Grounds in Bandra Friday night too, when Shah Rukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Preity Zinta, phew, came onstage at BT’s urging to perform at the Rock On For Humanity concert in aid of children affected by the recent Bihar floods.


The music for this smashing live show was provided by Bollywood’s asli Rock On team — Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Rampal and Ritesh Sidhwani, and Indian leading rock bands like Pentagram, Parikrama, Shaa'ir & Func, The Raghu Dixit Project, Aviyal and Pin Drop Violence. Bollywood’s favourite music trio Shankar, Eshaan and Loy joined these rockers, as did Shaan, Kailash Kher with his band Kailasa, and Kunal Ganjawala.


The audience, an eclectic crowd of young and old headbangers led by Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi, Parmeshwar Godrej, Karan Johar, Zayed Khan, Malaika Arora Khan with son Aarav, Kailash and Arti Surendranath, Mehr Jessia Rampal and politician Baba Sidiqque, TV star Nikkhil Arya, well, rocked on and enthusiastically joined in the singing.


SRK, ever youthful and celebrating his 43rd birthday today, got a rousing welcome when he took the mike and said, “On my birthday, I will be turning 21 years old. So, I am very much a youngster like all of you lovely people here who have pledged to support this great cause.” He didn’t perform. But Saif Ali Khan did. The Royal Rocker jammed with Parikrama. While Hrithik Roshan proved to be the susprise act on stage. He joined the Rock On team to belt out Meri Laundry Ka Ek Bill from their film. Shabana crooned Tu Jo Hai..Toh Sab Kuch Hai from the same flick while Javed recited a shayari, it was that kind of night.


Saif breathed into the mike that the concert was a “beautiful cause”. While the pert and vivacious Preity Zinta said it was fabulous to be able to render support. Singer Shaan, quoting the Bryan Adams, Sting and Rod Stewart number from Three Musketeers, said, “It’s about being all for one and one for all.” Farhan was happy that music was being used to bridge the gap and reach out to the children who had lost their homes and parents. Ritesh hoped “we are able to bring back the lost hope for these children”. And Arjun added, “... even a smile.” MP Priya Dutt, whose Nargis Dutt Memorial Charitable Trust was involved in putting up this show, said, “This initiative is a strong way to voice support for a cause.” In that she was right. The BT Rock On For Humanity concert raised over Rs 3 crore for this cause.