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The Calcutta Swimming Club, in association with t2 and Austin Plywood, presented Smirnoff Musical Night featuring Vishal-Shekhar

Mood & music: The 2,000-strong crowd erupted in thunderous cheers as star performers of the night — Vishal and Shekhar — strode onto the stage. “Hello Calcutta, we love you. Let’s rock together!” boomed Vishal Dadlani into the mic.

“We are so glad to be here in Calcutta. This city is so very close to our heart. One of our favourite films — Kahaani — was shot here,” said Shekhar, who had the girls screaming for more with his moves and looks as much as his music.

The duo’s top songs? Salaam namaste, Ek main aur ekk tu, Dus bahane, I hate luv stories, Dard-e-disco, Dhan te nan, Desi girl and many more. They sang Anjana ajnani and Naina lagiya barishan with Shruti Pathak.

At the stroke of midnight, Vishal-Shekhar wished the crowd a merry Christmas and everybody wished them back in chorus. “Wow, what a fantastic crowd! Aap log Mumbai aa jaao yaar,” said Shekhar. “The crowd was phenomenal! It is always fun to perform in Calcutta because people here know a lot about music. It’s the best audience in India,” Shekhar told t2 post-naach gaana.

Before V&S made their entry, DJ Dippy had got the crowd on the dance floor with a mix of Bollywood and western numbers. Shruti Pathak took the stage after that, belting out Tumhi ho bandhu, Chikni Chameli and Bidi jalaile.

She was wearing: Red and black ruled the floor. There were a lot of corduroy jackets and long coats teamed with colourful stoles and denims. Some preferred boots and a touch of bling with sequinned bodycons and diamante hairclips.

He was wearing: Dark blazers and mufflers. Besides Santa caps, Trilby hats (narrow-brimmed fedoras) made quite a few heads turn!

Food & beverage: An array of fish, chicken and paneer kebabs, biryani and main dishes were served up by Amber. A Chinese food counter dished out Chicken Momo, Pepper Chicken and Drums of Heaven. Whisky and vodka made up the tipple tale.

Clubspeak: “Around 800 members turned up at the event apart from the 1,000-odd guests. The giant LED screen is a first and it added colour to the festivity,” said club president Ashish Doshi.

Text: Sibendu Das

Pictures: Sanjoy Chattopadhyaya