- Published on Tuesday, 21 January 2014 11:45
THE Los Angeles Times called him "World Renowned Movie Star'. U.S. news magazine Newsweek has also named him as one of the 'World's Top 50 Most Influential Figures'.
The 48-year-old Shah Rukh Khan's (SRK) charm and aura has won the hearts of billions of fans around the world. No wonder the popular ambassador for Pepsi, Sprite, Nokia, Hyundai, Compaq and Tag Heuer has a net income of more than USD549 million (about RM1,821,307,143.84).
And this year, Forbes India magazine has put him on the No. 1 spot of '100 Celebrity List" and at the same time put the Mumbai-born actor as India's 'Most Influential Celebrity'.
Nicknamed 'Bollywood's Romantic King', his large scale concert here in Malaysia, scheduled for February, will be the most anticipated moment for his fans.
His concert was originally scheduled in October last year but had to be postponed. But this time, the organisers, 2Spicy Entertainment and Hitman Solutions gave a 100 percent guarantee that the 'Temptation Reloaded Live in Malaysia Featuring Datuk Shah Rukh Khan & Stars' will be realised on February 15, 2014, at the Merdeka Stadium.
Adding sizzle to the concert is the appearance of popular Bollywood stars such as Madhuri Dixit, Rani Mukherji, Jaqueline Fernandez and Arijit Singh.
Are you a hardcore fan, or in today's youths terms, 'peminat kipas susah mati' (die hard fans), are you excited? You must be, right?
Looking at the ticket prices, starting from RM99, RM149, RM179, RM249, RM499, RM999 and RM1,999 (gasp!) - it can surely cause sudden blackouts and chest pains. Right?
Although this is not SRK's first concert in Malaysia, it's well understood that the coming concert promises an extraordinary show.
For three hours, the audience will be treated to a string of hit songs from SRK's box-office movies.
The concert, using 'light emitting diode' (LED) will be filled with music, dance and gimmicks.But, what captured the writer's attention is the RM1,999 tickets.
Put aside the VIPs because they can afford to buy such ticket price. But for average income fans, how many are willing to pay for the expensive tickets?
Well, it's just that SRK, including his co-stars don't sing but they are just miming instead - as in their films.
Just think. You go to watch your idols' concert but unfortunately they do not sing. So the question is, what satisfaction do you get? Is the RM1,999 ticket worth it?
On second thought..., the name SRK along with his X-factor is enough to make the writer believe that his fans will think nothing of the RM1,999 ticket price as long as they can get as close as possible to their idol.
So what if he's just miming to the songs, the dance routines will be more than enough to mesmerise the audience.
Being hardcore fans, even if he just appear on stage doing nothing is enough to cause a hysteria. Right?
Ticket sales are quite encouraging, according to the organisers when contacted by mD yesterday.
True to what has been said, what is RM1,999 for a ticket, as long as they get to see him even if he doesn't sing with his own voice.
This is what they call "the magic of Shah Rukh Khan".