Vancouver turning into Bollywood’s A-list destination

Published: August 12, 2014

Shah Rukh Khan’s only stop in Canada on his North American concert tour will be at the PNE in September


Shah Rukh Khan and his ‘Happy New Year’ team are coming to entertain Vancouver. Handout photo


Bollywood is coming back to Vancouver — all thanks to the King of Hindi film himself, Shah Rukh Khan.

Hot on the heels of the Times of India Film Awards that hit Vancouver in April 2013, California’s DBR Entertainment announced last month that a North American Bollywood concert series, SLAM 2014 — featuring greats like Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Deepika Padukone and Yo Yo Honey Singh — will be making its only Canadian stop in Vancouver on Sept. 27.

And according to DBR Entertainment’s Dave Atwal, while Toronto is usually the token Canadian city for events like this, it was King Khan himself who hand-picked Vancouver.

“When he picked out all the six concert (locations), he picked Vancouver … he could have done all in the U.S. only,” said Atwal, adding that other SLAM 2014 tour locations include San Jose, New Jersey, Chicago, Houston and Washington, D.C.

“After TOIFA, Vancouver is a much, much bigger base — multiculturally, everything,” said Atwal. “I think in future, Vancouver will be No. 1 for North America for any kind of Indian concert.”

According to Atwal, the industry has already “shifted from L.A. to (Vancouver),” with Indian film crews first opting to shoot in B.C., whereas it used to be producers’ third choice after California and Toronto.

“TOIFA took it to a different level,” said Atwal.

But it wasn’t the event itself that created the hype, it was “the people of Vancouver,” he said. “It was not TOIFA that took this industry to a different level, it was just … the culture here in Vancouver, it was right — the moment was right and the support was very good.”

“This will bring a lot of future business in Vancouver.”

While last year’s Times of India Film Awards spanned a number of days and saw $11 million in funding from the B.C. government, SLAM 2014 is a privately funded single-day touring concert. Its Canadian stop will take place at Vancouver’s PNE Coliseum, for what Atwal expects to be a sold-out show.

According to Atwal, although Khan performed a few numbers at TOIFA in April 2013, the last time he held a full concert in Vancouver was in 2004 as part of his Temptations tour.

SLAM 2014 will see Khan travel across North America with his own Indian production team, performing alongside his Happy New Year co-stars Deepika Padukone, Abhishek Bachchan, director Farah Khan and singers Kanika Kapoor and Yo Yo Honey Singh. Other performers include Boman Irani, Sonu Sood, Vivaan Shah and Malaika Arora Khan.

“The whole A-list,” said Atwal.

Tickets range from $86 to $445 and can be purchased at

Related Stories:

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,



Blatchford: Pakistani woman deserves a better life in this big, empty country

CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD POSTMEDIA NEWS When I saw the picture of a weeping Jamila Bibi in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Tuesday, I thought of only one…
Continue Reading »

sexual harassment

Second sexual harassment case hits Asian Games two days before opening ceremony

CHRISTOPHER BODEEN THE ASSOCIATED PRESS INCHEON, South Korea — A second sexual harassment case at the Asian Games was being investigated by South Korea police…
Continue Reading »


Bangladesh court commutes death sentence of Islamist to imprisonment until death for 1971 war crimes

JULHAS ALAM THE ASSOCIATED PRESS DHAKA, Bangladesh — Bangladesh’s Supreme Court commuted on Wednesday the death sentence of an Islamist political leader whose conviction last…
Continue Reading »



Blatchford: Pakistani woman deserves a better life in this big, empty country

CHRISTIE BLATCHFORD POSTMEDIA NEWS When I saw the picture of a weeping Jamila Bibi in the Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Tuesday, I thought of only one…
Continue Reading »

Saskatoon woman, 65, deported to Pakistan after appeal to Federal Court rejected

THE CANADIAN PRESS TORONTO — A 65-year-old woman working as a cook in Saskatoon has been deported to her native Pakistan, where her lawyer says…
Continue Reading »


Tearful farewell as woman who faces death for adultery charges in Pakistan deported from Saskatoon

EVAN RADFORD THE STARPHOENIX As Jamila Bibi embraced her ally and friend Sahana Yeasmin, she was whisked away at the Saskatoon airport by two Canadian…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Scroll Invitation

Wedding invitations – the Do’s

KIM TREHAN VANCOUVER DESI You are cordially invited…. We request the honor of your presence… Please join us… It is so difficult to decide on…
Continue Reading »


Man jailed for murder of Vancouver girlfriend wants to withdraw his guilty plea (with video)

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI A man who spent 12 years on the lam before being convicted in the fatal shooting of his teenage girlfriend wants…
Continue Reading »


Villagers worship ‘miracle’ calf in India born with third eye (w/ video)

VANCOUVER DESI People are flocking to a small village in southern India to worship a “miracle” calf believed to be an incarnation of a Hindu…
Continue Reading »


Acid-attacked teen, Laxmi, chosen to model for New Delhi’s India Runway Week

IANS New Delhi  – One of India’s young acid attack victims has been chosen to walk the runway at the third edition of India Runway…
Continue Reading »


ID card obtained in the name of India’s monkey god exposes corrupt system

CEN AGENCY An Indian computer programmer has managed to get an official identity card in the name of India’s monkey god after bribing corrupt officials….
Continue Reading »

Bollywood Latest

Desi Sex

Gallery: Top 5 queens of Bollywood lovemaking scenes

VANCOUVER DESI When it comes to lighting fire on the silver screen, our Bollywood actresses don’t shy away from lovemaking scenes. But some are more…
Continue Reading »

hot photos desi actress bollywood sex

Deepika Padukone: I have breasts, you got a problem?

VANCOUVER DESI Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone has caused a social media storm over her ‘cleavage show’ story in a leading Indian news outlet. Padukone slammed…
Continue Reading »

Dr Cabbie

Canadian actor Vinay Virmani’s Dr. Cabbie continues his examination of South Asian immigrant experience

ALMAS MEHERALLY VANCOUVER DESI Toronto-born actor and writer Vinay Virmani is excited about his latest film, Dr. Cabbie, set to release in Canada on September…
Continue Reading »