Riteish Deshmukh, one of Indian cinema’s most bankable stars, has just set off on The Unforgettable Tour. In an exclusive interview he talks to Bollywood columnist Devansh Patel about his role in the global extravaganza.

Q: It’s just two days to go before you kick off your worldwide Unforgettable Tour. How excited are you?
A: I am very nervous right now because it’s my first worldwide tour and that, too, with the Bachchan family. There have been in the past hundreds of such tours with celebrities being the talk of the town. But here, it’s the Unforgettable Tour which is the talk of the town – this is the biggest tour to come out of Bollywood ever.
Q: Don’t you feel that you are the odd one out from all your colleagues? Will you be providing that added ‘masti’ on the tour?
A: The odd one out? I don’t know, but it’s a good mixture right from the senior stars like Amitabh Bachchan, to younger stars like Abhishek and me and you have immense popularity of Aishwarya Rai, and Preity Zinta who has been around for a long time now. So you can say I’m the odd one out because I’m the youngest. But overall, it should be fun.

Q: Are you going to start off the tour by dancing on Bluffmaster’s ‘bure bure hum hum hum shaitan, zaara zaara bachna re humse’?
A: Wow! That’s a good suggestion. I am sure if I’m doing this number, I’ll put in as much enthusiasm as I can.

Q: As an actor, you’ve played more mischief than any of your co-stars have, except Mr Bachchan, but are we going to see some serious moves this time around?
A: I’m trying to do different stuff where primarily I’m doing Aladdin, which is not a comedy. Then I move on to a more romantic side after my first film. So I’m trying to venture out in romance after a long time. And comedies will keep on being an integral part of my career. As far as the tour is concerned, I am going to be seriously different. Wait and watch!
Q: From the entire Unforgettable gang, you’ve only managed to shake a leg with Abhishek Bachchan. Tell us something about this bluffmaster. How good is he?
A: He is just fantastic. He has got his own style. The Abhishek fan following that started since Dus Bahane and Right Here Right Now was because he brought in that coolness which no other actor has got in Hindi films. This good looking, tall guy rapping songs and having great screen presence became a cult. Then he goes mad on the stage and I’m looking forward to this madness.
Q: How difficult was it to train under the perfectionist called Shiamak Davar?
A: You are right, Shiamak is a perfectionist. The best part about it is that he designs songs for the actors and he knows them. He won’t give a difficult step but steps that will look good on the actor. You have to see it to believe it. He likes doing different things everytime he is on stage and The Unforgettable Tour will prove exactly that.
Q: Are you going to spike your hair? And what sort of different and funny costumes we are going to see you in?
A: Loads of costumes! My designer for this tour is Shiraz. Stage costumes are very different. There’ll be shine and glitter and you’ll not dare think of wearing such costumes out on the road. As far as my hair is concerned, I’ll be definitely spiking my hair and doing all sorts of different styles, cutting my hair and colouring it. Plus, for 45 days, I’m not committed for any films and so I’m not bothered about my hairdo.
Q: You were last seen in London at the Zee Cine Awards 2008 which took place at the Excel Docklands. The O2 is 10 times bigger than Excel Docklands – only Elton John and Madonna have managed to fill up the arena so far. Will this tour achieve the impossible?
A: As I said, I’m the new one here. This is my first worldwide tour. I had no idea about how big the arena was. I’m sure Wizcraft must have come up with some sort of planning regarding that. I’m just glad to be performing where international celebrities have performed before.
Q: Are you going to perform solo on the stage or will it be with other stars?
A: My entire first act is a solo act with all the songs from the films I’ve been a part of. There are only portions of me where I come in contact with other actors. So it’s a great mix.

Q: Do you feel proud of the fact that you are a part of this tour?
A: Being an actor and then going on a world tour is an unbelievable thing and then being a part of the tour that is headed by Amitabh Bachchan and friends like Abhishek, Aishwarya, Preity and Akshay, with whom I’ve worked in my last film Heyy Babyy, is another. Then there is Madhuri Dixit. What can I say about her? I have been a huge fan of her since I was a kid and used to have a huge crush on her. So as the title suggests, all this is going to be just unforgettable. And
to answer your question – yes, I do feel proud.

Q: Your female fans will be desperate to see you perform and act on stage. But will you reciprocate for them by singing and dancing to ‘Ae Chori, zara nachke dikha’ from Cash?
A: Of course, I’d love to start off by saying that. That’s going to be one of the songs I’m performing on. Look out girls!
Q: You’ve travelled to many cities around the world with your films. Where are you most looking forward to perform?
A: London, for sure, because it’s a place where there are not only lots of Indians but Bangladeshis and Pakistanis who love our films and songs and give us their undying love and support. I’ve performed once in London with Salman and Shahrukh. Obviously, the crowd came to see SRK and Salman but to be a part and feel the response was truly great.As you said, The O2 centre is 10 times bigger – so, I hope this show too is 10 times bigger than all the shows that have taken place there.

Q: Any message for all your London fans?
A: All I can say is: get ready for full on dhamaal and masti!