By Nita Balani
Fandemonium ripped through Toronto as a crowd of fans of all ages were patiently waiting for hours at Toronto’s prestigious Elgin Theatre for their favorite Bollywood stars to arrive for the premiere of the movie Teri Meri Kahani (TMK). The film produced by Vicki Bahri and directed by Kunal Kohli, has the most happening hero of the moment, Shahid Kapoor and the dusky beauty Priyanka Chopra alongside him in this eternal love story.
The final moment of the stars arrival was heralded by the rising crescendo of the screaming fans who wanted just a glimpse or an autograph or just a smile or look in their direction from their favorite star. They held up signs to show their love and devotion and nothing could stop their screams and chants as the stars arrived in true Bollywood style fashionably late by 2 hours! The doors of Elgin Theatre had to be closed while the stars did the Red Carpet round and interviews as the fans were really getting noisy and started to bang on the doors to get a glimpse of their hero and heroine.
Priyanka looked ravishing in her simple yet stylish green dress and alongside her was a very handsome rakish Shahid with a dark blue suit with his shirt unbuttoned to reveal just a glimpse of his lithe athletic body. They went together as a team through the line of media interviews on the Red Carpet smiling and answering all the questions patiently. After a brief introduction on stage, they sizzled together displaying their off screen chemistry; laughing and smiling at the audience and loving every moment of being in Toronto with their beloved fans.
Shahid bowled over the audience with a short and sweet recital of romantic shayari (poetry in Urdu) from the movie while Priyanka graciously obliged all the fans crowded around the stage by signing autographs for as long as she could. The couple did not show any signs of jet lag despite their very hectic schedule after a successful premiere of TMK first in Dubai and then in London. Shahid and Priyanka had arrived in Toronto for the last and final stop in their international circuit for the promotion of their new film TMK. Kunal Kohli was excited to be in Toronto and was very happy with the exuberant reception by our city’s Bollywood fans – one as young as 5 years old from Afghanistan!
The star team did not expect such a warm and emotional welcome from our Torontonians! As the movie started, the couple then went on to prepare to attend another event on the west side of town – in Brampton for an exciting after party. They were warmly welcomed by large crowds outside the banquet hall along with dhol players and beautiful SAMA model dancers who appropriately added glamour to the occasion. Inside the crowded banquet hall, on stage, both the stars and the producer and director shared their love of Toronto with the audience.
Priyanka and Shahid both had fond memories of their previous visits to Toronto – Priyanka for the Toronto International Film Festival for her film What’s your Rashi and for IIFA and Shahid during the filming of his movie Kismet Konnection. They left the hall after a rapid fire round of questions à la Koffee with Karan style and had the audience wanting for more especially after Shahid demonstrated his sexy moves on stage! We wish them both success in their film careers and hope to see them together again in our city!