He€™s the toast
of the season. All his songs have been chartbusters. His
compositions have managed to sell movies on their sheer
strength. But now, Reshammiya faces the biggest challenge of
Aa dekhen zaraa:
As he€™s all set to rock the US with a spate
of concerts in July-August, he€™s also going to be taking his
greatest inspiration, head-on. AR Rahman will perform in the
US at the same time as Himesh, and it will be interesting to
see who will win this mother of all battles.
show promoter says, €œHimesh is very popular among Asians at
large; not just Indians. Rahman may be a bigger name
internationally but for the Asian community, it€™s Himesh all
Himesh€™s tour is called Aap Ka Suroor Live
In Concert and is being backed by one of the biggest names in
the business, Vijay Taneja of Elite Entertainment while Rahman
has tied up with the US-based Global Rhythms as partners for
The only difference is that while Rahman
would be performing at just a handful of cities, Himesh would
be taking his troupe all over the country and Canada as well,
in a tour spanning over two months.
average cost of a single Himesh Reshammiya show in the US is
around 100,000 US dollars (approx Rs 47 lakh) and the ticket
rates have been priced between $35 to $75 (approx Rs 1600 to
Rs 3500). These would be classified as among the highest rates
commanded by a music director.
According to show promoters,
comparisons between the two are unfair because each one caters
to a totally different audience. €œRahman€™s fan-following is
among the mature audience; even foreigners come to his shows
to hear his sound,€ says a Houston-based organiser.
Himesh€™s popularity, on the other hand, is more among
the youth. €œThe youngsters are just crazy about his songs.
This is his first tour and there€™s no doubt, it will be a huge
success.€ Accompanying Himesh on the tour, are singers like
Alisha Chinoy and Abhijeet Sawant.
Himesh, who is
touted as the industry€™s hottest music director right now, has
been Rahman€™s biggest fan for years now. He has even gone on
records to say that Rahman is the only composer that he would
agree to lend his voice for.
But now that he€™s been
pitted against him directly in a war of shows, Himesh says,
€œI€™m nothing compared to AR Rahman. Since I respect him a lot,
I would prefer attending his shows to take his blessings
before I head to perform at my concert. Also, if you will
check with the organisers, you will know that the tickets for
all my show are already sold out.€