JLo To Get Up Close With Indian Fans
JLo To Get Up Close With Indian Fans:
LATINA pop diva Jennifer Lopez will be the latest international celebrity to visit India. JLo is scheduled to be in Mumbai to perform on March 11 at the inaugural gala of the Mixed Martial Arts Super Fight League (SFL), a venture launched by Sanjay Dutt in association with Shilpa Shetty’s entrepreneur husband Raj Kundra.
Lopez, 42, joins an A-list of international pop icons that includes Metallica, Lady Gaga, Akon and Pitbull, who have performed in India in the recent past. She is also the latest western celebrity to hit Indian shores after Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
While Kundra confirmed JLo’s participation in the event, he said plans were being made to rope in a few more big-ticket international names for the gala.
A few stars from Bollywood, besides top Indian singers, will also perform at the SFL opening do at Mumbai’s Andheri Sports Complex. “Kundra and Dutt want to create an annual martial arts event that will rival similar events all over the world. They want to make SFL a brand name. Naturally, they want a big start,” a source said.
SFL is being touted as a mix of sport and entertainment on the lines of WWE. The league promises to feature some of the best-known names from the world of wrestling, boxing and other forms of martial arts.
The owners will soon reveal the list of fighters for the event. Apart from a grand opening, the SFL promises to have bigticket after-parties.
Although this will be JLo’s first visit to India, she may not get much of a chance to visit any other place. She is expected to be in the country for less than a week, and most of the time will be spent in preparations.
She apparently plans to rehearse at the actual venue every day. The sultry singer-actress shot to fame in 1999 with her debut album, On The 6 , which featured the chart-topping song, If you had my love. By the time her second album, JLo, sold eight million copies worldwide in 2001, she had already become one of the hottest stars in the global pop scene.
Twice nominated at the Grammy Awards, she is estimated to have sold close to 60 million records worldwide in her 12-year career as a singer. Earlier this year, she was chosen to have her own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.