Ranveer Singh has a reputation to be melodramatic, sometimes his statements and actions bigger than what warrants the situation.
Irrespective of that as it may, things got teary-eyed with him and his family at the Filmfare Middle East Achievers’ Night in Dubai on Saturday night when the organisers bestowed him with the Superstar of the Decade honour.
The night was a celebration of artists, old and new, ranging from the latest such as singers Jasmine Royal and Guru Randhawa and Jahnvi Kapoor to the dancing ‘boy’ of the 80s and 90s, Govinda, to the ‘dream girl’ of Bollywood – Hema Malini.
Now a Member of Parliament, the veteran Indian actress was given the lifetime achievement award by the sponsors and Filmfare ME publishers Danube. In her own “humble” thank you address, she said she has got many such awards while wishing the best to the new crop of talent.
In a career spanning 12 years in Bollywood, Singh has also seen a few accolades but when he started recalling the days how he started, things got emotional for him and his parents seated in the audience.
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“Mom, remember I told I will make it big some day. Not many gave me a chance but you believed in me,” said Ranveer, who started the sentence smiling but the pitch suddenly quivered a little.
He then remembered and thanked producer Aditya Chopra for giving him his first break and the benefactor reportedly going to town about how ‘he had found his next Shahrukh Khan’.
Ranveer then moved to address his father. “Dad, I remember I met this photographer and he said we need to make a portfolio and a half-decent one cost Indian Rs 50,000 which was big money that time. I was stuck and down to tears because we could not afford it, but you just got up and said, ‘beta, chinta kyu karta hai … main hoon na (Son, why are you worrying … I am there to handle it).” At this point, even Singh senior burst into tears.
RANVEER SINGH TO PERFORM AT IIFA 2023
Bollywood star Ranveer Singh is all set to dazzle at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi with his electrifying performance for the prestigious IIFA Awards next year! Ranveer, who is the Brand Ambassador of Yas Island, will deliver a never seen before onstage performance at the 23rd edition of IIFA Awards at the magnificent Etihad Arena in 2023. Ranveer is regarded as the undisputed best live performer of his generation and the energy is set to be off the scale when he takes the stage at the IIFA awards night.
This already popular & high-demand event, the IIFA awards and weekend, will return to Yas Island in Abu Dhabi on February 10th and 11th, 2023. IIFA is the world’s biggest celebration of Indian cinema and it is set to bring together the very best in music and entertainment under one roof. Ranveer Singh, who has become the cultural ambassador of India given his soaring popularity the world over, will give audiences attending the IIFA Awards at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, a performance that they will never forget.
Talking about the event Ranveer Singh says, “I’m excited to be headlining IIFA again with a performance that hopefully will be memorable to all those attending it. I’m thrilled for this one because I will be performing at Yas Island, my home away from home. As the Brand Ambassador for such a spectacular destination, I cannot wait to showcase the island to my friends from the industry, as well as to those attending this event as an audience. I’m anticipating the most incredible IIFA experience to date at Yas because I know it will be epic in every way possible! The grandiose global event will take place at the Middle East’s largest state-of-the-art indoor entertainment venue, Etihad Arena, part of Yas Bay Waterfront on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
Placido Domingo returns to Dubai Opera as headline act for Dresden Ball’s UAE debut
The Dresden Opera Ball, which will be hosted by Dubai Opera in 2022, will bring together internationally renowned performers to share their cultural legacies with the varied population of the UAE.
Taking place on November 15, the gala and awards feature performances by Placido Domingo (tenor), Marina Rebeka (soprano), hosts of the evening Riz Khan and Oksana Fedorova, the European Peace Chamber Orchestra Dresden, Anton Lubchenko (conductor), Igor Butman (saxophone), Roman Lyulkin (bass) and more.
The first Dresden Opera Ball in Dubai will take place five years after the “king of opera,” Placido Domingo, wowed the audience at the Dubai Opera’s grand opening in 2016.
As part of the program, debutant couples will also put on a choreographed dance show. As they have done in high society throughout European history, these couples will captivate the audience. Ladies in spectacular gowns and gentlemen in stylish tuxedos will take over the stage in an extraordinary dance exhibition in a three-four-time signature.
The glamorous event is presented by M Premiere and the Opernball Dresden, the largest classical entertainment event in the German-speaking world that made its debut in 2006 in the German city of Dresden.
The Dubai Dresden Opera Ball follows the recent gala event at the beautiful Catherine Palace in St Petersburg, Russia and now, it is arriving in the UAE.
Dubai’s convening power creates the natural platform for an event which seeks to connect cultural and artistic icons from the European and Arab worlds.
A VIP guest list for the Dresden Opera Ball includes HE Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment of the UAE.
Hikmat Al Kaitoob, an international businesswoman and global philanthropist, is the official presenter of the evening’s festivities. Leading broadcaster and author Riz Khan will moderate the proceedings, which will also be hosted by former Russian Miss Universe Oksana Fedorova.
Hans Joachim Frey, General Director of the Dresden Semper Opera Ball, said: “The main message is to have international cultural bridge building between Germany, the Arabic world, the United Arab Emirates and the European world. Culture brings people together and Dubai is a centre for this and we are very happy to be here.”
Dresden Opera Ball Programme
18.00 Red carpet opening ceremony
18.30 VIP reception
20.00 Gala show program
21.30 Grand finale with Dresden Opera Ball debutants
21.45 Fulminant ball opening dance
22.00 Gala dinner orchestrated by Armani Hotel Dubai culinary team
23.00 Dancing music and entertainment
01.30 Closure of the event
Tickets are available to purchase at:
Dubai Opera: https://www.dubaiopera.com/events/dresden-opera-ball-in-the-uae
or by calling +971507686418
- Silver AED 975 (including a pre-show drink)
- Gold AED 1,125 (including a pre-show drink)
- Platinum AED 1,425 (including a pre-show drink)
- Premium table AED 3,825 per person
- Diamond table AED 4,675 per person
- Royal table AED 5,525 per person
- VIP table AED 6,375 per person
All table seats include: a VIP welcome cocktail, three-course dinner and a beverage package from 8pm until midnight (T&C apply)
‘London Calling’ and ‘Loud House’ part of entertainment’s return to Global Village
Global Village has revealed a packed new season line-up featuring a range of fan favourites, renowned performers, stunt shows, famous characters, world-class concerts and street entertainment.
With over 400 performers from around the world, guests can enjoy more than 200 performances each night at the region’s leading multicultural family destination.
Back by popular demand and turning Global Village into the hottest jazz club in town, ‘Putting on the Glitz’ returns to enthral music lovers with groovy notes and spirited cheers.
If you love all things cool Britannia, ‘London Calling’ will take you through a whirlwind of nostalgic numbers from the swinging sixties through punk rock to the trend-setting tunes of today.
‘Calling Clowns’ to the rescue, with hapless fire-fighters who never actually get to fighting fires – the high energy clowns from Colombia are sure to give audiences a laughter riot.
For those who prefer some slapstick comedy ‘Bank Heist’ will offer a true-blue Dr. Seuss-style escapade featuring Townsville’s very own ‘Keystone Kops’, determined to crack down on the crime wave.
If you thought your family was crazy, wait till you enter ‘Loud House’, a big Bollywood celebration featuring an eccentric set of characters in a hilarious soap-opera style show, who will serve up laughter in all its dysfunctional glory.
‘Skyline’ will provide a vibrant sensory showcase of music, style, dance and light which will transport the audience straight to the heart of Bollywood at night.
Global Village will continue to bring some of the world’s best talent, performing a range of mesmerising spectacles during Season 27.
Straight from the stage of America’s Got Talent (AGT), ‘V.Unbeatable’ – the extremely talented dance crew from Mumbai got the golden buzzer not once but twice before winning The Champions title in 2020.
The crew will guest star on the Main Stage from January 4 for just one month.
Another Global Village favourite has also recently gained AGT fame, Philippine troupe ‘Urban Crew’.
These flyers of the south, as they like to be known, will take centre-stage again in Season 27, having received unprecedented love and support from audiences in Season 26.
Known to defy gravity with their contagious energy and unrivalled acrobatic skills, the group is currently competing in this year’s America’s Got Talent, before they fly right back to Dubai to entertain Global Village guests again this season.
Another international troupe returning by popular demand are the incredible drumming ensemble AAIJAA from Columbia. These extraordinary young percussionists will be pumping the perfect beats for a memorable evening.
Flagship Global Village productions and characters will also be making a return with fresh shows and new storylines.
Global Village’s very own characters, The Wonderers – Ozka, Waleef and Zoya will return in their Main Stage hit, Legend of the Staff.
They will also appear at the Kids Theatre in a brand new production as they uncover ‘The Mystery of the Golden Rock’.
From epic dance moves to echoing drum beats, season 27 is knocking our doors with America's Got Talent's @AGT stars V-UNBEATABLE and the one & only AAINJAA! 🤸🏻 Ready for a season full of excitement? 🤩
— Global Village القرية العالمية (@GlobalVillageAE) August 18, 2022
Peter Rabbit, Lily Bobtail and Squirrel Nutkin are back on their quest to steal a giant prize radish from Mr. Noweeds – the GV gardener on duty.
The Octonauts are back at their station, as Captain Barnacles, Kwazii and new-ship-mate Kai get on board to complete their new missions and share oceans of fun.
Care Bare favourites – Grumpy, Funshine and Cheer will be making a special on-stage appearance, while Ben & Holly and PJ Masks will also be back in their own shows.
Chhota Bheem will also be on ground to snap a selfie. The Kid’s Theatre will also host Don’t Do the Dodo, based on the illustrated children’s book ‘The Curious Tale of the Dodo’ by world-famous writer, comedian and conservationist Bill Oddie.
Bigger, better, and more explosive than ever! Get ready for the best sequel to Aqua Action – the region’s only water-based stunt show.
With incredible new fire effects, record-breaking LED car scenes, high-powered street bikes and a gigantic monster truck, this one is a firm favourite with guests, jam-packed with explosions, drifting, back-flipping bikes, precision driving, jet-ski stunts and fly-board action.
“It doesn’t matter where you’re from, what age you are or what you’re into – there really is something for everyone. We want our guests to have exciting new experiences every time they visit and keep coming back for more. That’s why we’ve pulled out all the stops to give our guests the best performers from all over the world,” said Shaun Cornell, Director – Entertainment, Dubai Holding Entertainment.