Apart from the high that stars got on stage, off stage too it was quite some fun, especially for Riteish Deshmukh. On his visit to a neighbourhood casino, he went on to make as much as 5000 dollars for himself and that too in mere 10 minutes. Shekhar wasn't that lucky though since he ended up poorer by 500 dollars. Well, koyi jeeta koyi haara!
There is an interesting anecdote around Om Shanti Om. While in India the film saw its satellite premiere over the weekend gone by, far off in USA as well the film made its presence felt. Apparently, as Vishal and his band chose to travel in their bus while enjoying a road trip from New York to Atlantic City, the driver chose to play Om Shanti Om. Though everyone was aware about the merits and credentials of the film, the local bodyguards of Vishal were taken by surprise when they detected the composer in his one scene act (Readers may remember that Vishal played the role of an assistant director in the second half of the film).
Coming to the show, it boasted of a 14000 odd strong crowd. Yet again, there were million odd obstacles which came in way of the stars before they set their feet on stage. However, it was collective will of each of them which made sure that not a single shoulder sagged and no dip in morale was evidenced. Backing each other in the worst of adversities, it was time for stars to come up with yet another 'paisa vasool' entertainment.
Well, 'paisa vasool' entertainment it certainly was for the audience, though more so for a section of crowd which was seated at a strategic point from where backstage was visible. While performance of a particular star was on at the stage, the others stood behind the scenes and kept themselves entertained. The same happened when Big B was holding the center-stage. As Abhishek Bachchan, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Bachchan, Preity Zinta, Vishal, Shekhar and Riteish Deshmukh were jumping and dancing around in their green room, one of them realized that they all were visible to the audience.
For a moment, they were taken aback since this was least expected. However, realizing that this particular section of crowd was thrilled to see their off-stage antics, Abhishek got into his trademark prankster mode and started pegging the audience. While he was having fun with his fans, he even pulled in Ash who was oblivious to all the happening. The moment she was conned into being exposed from backstage, it was but natural for the audience to go completely mad. No wonder, at any point of time, there were two streams of cheering happening - one for the man/woman on stage and other for those who were back stage.
Meanwhile high energy continued to be the strong point at Atlantic City as well. While Amitabh Bachchan was performing, Vishal and Shekhar along with Abhishek and Riteish joined him for an impromptu act. Abhishek went a step ahead and pegged Ash and Preity to have a closer look at the performance while only ending up in pushing them on the stage right in front of the audience. And all of this when the ladies just didn't see it coming! It was time for some point-in-time act out there.
- There were some on-stage mishaps though which seemed to be slightly threatening. Vishal fell on his injured knee (yet again, he has a long history in terms of minor accidents) and got into a horrible stage where he couldn't even move on stage. He did go ahead with a round of painkillers and thankfully the damage didn't turn out to be overtly serious. However, this was one situation which he really wanted to avoid on this long tour.
For Preity Zinta it was turning out to be a special evening since Vishal and Shekhar dropped "Dil Dance Maare" (Tashan) to accommodate the title song of 'Salaam Namaste' as a part of their performance. While Preity indeed wanted to join them on stage for the chartbuster number from her film, she could not since she was dressed up for the “Bhoombhro" (Mission Kashmir) act which was to follow next. Wearing a Kashmiri outfit for a beach song didn't quite seem to fit into the scheme of things after all!
From the Saturday night fever at Atlantic City, the stars headed for Chicago where the event was waiting to kick start in less than 24 hours. It was time for some quick rest to be followed by yet another evening of glitz, glamour and energy!