I did research and investigated and now I know why the show I saw last night was horrifically infuriatingly terrible. Not surprisingly, it’s the fault of the Chicago local who also thought it was a good idea to turn it into a political event for our insanely incompetent Governor (“you know what would save the state money? If we just stopped paying our bills and let the interest accumulate until all our debtors went bankrupt. Sure the children’s hospital will go out of business, but those kids with cancer should just die instead of continuing to put a burden on the state”).
I asked around, and the responsibility for what happened at the actual venue was on local promoter Hetal Patel of Lucky Day LLC. A company which does not have a website, a twitter page, or even is on Facebook. So the responsibility is also on Sahil Promotions for trusting this idiot who doesn’t even have a web presence. And Sahil is based in Chicago!!! Couldn’t they know he was incompetent?
Anyway, Hetal Patel couldn’t get any of the technology to work. So, no arrivals swooping in from the sky (which I have seen 4 times at this venue, so obviously they are capable of doing it). Which also meant long weird gaps in the show. And the lights were a disaster, and the cameraman that were supposed to show us close ups of the stage seemed to think they were shooting a wedding video instead (perhaps Lucky Day has only done weddings before?) and kept giving us close ups of faces instead of performances, and crowd reactions.
(See this video? It actually looks BETTER on video than it did live. Notice how you cannot tell from the stage or the screen next to it anything that is happening?)
And that explains my feeling that this was an actual good show that somehow had been turned bad. The intro videos were top notch, the performers were excellent, the choreography was clever. All the bits that were created in India and brought to Chicago were perfect. And then Hetal Patel took them and smashed them to bits until they were worthless.
And this makes me FURIOUS!!!! And also really really sad. This is going to be the only time in my life I will get to see Salman Khan, and he came all this way to do a show for me, and worked like crazy to make it a good show, and it was all ruined. My one chance, over. And his one chance, the last time he will come to Chicago and everything he did was destroyed.
Not to mention Salman, and those with him, were forced to sideways endorse a governor who allowed ICE raids on Devon avenue, drove the state $15,000,000,000 into debt, and threatens the pension fund that is supporting my elderly parents. And I had to spend $80 and sit there and listen to him talk when I thought I was coming to see a show, not a political rally.
So thank you Hetal Patel, you just insured that I will be very cautious before attending any Indian event again, and I will remember your name as the most selfish, foolish, destructive, and just plain DUMB person in the greater Chicago community.