Zayn Malik and Justin Bieber
Well-placed sources in the organising company said they are in talks with the One Direction star for a special act
Shilpi Sampad (MID-DAY; April 3, 2017)

Canadian popstar Justin Bieber is set for his debut performance in India this May, and the organisers are not only keen to get the biggest Bollywood Beliebers to the gig, but a few international artistes too.

Well placed sources inform us that White Fox India, which will host the Grammy winner here, is in talks with British singer-songwriter Zayn Malik to come over as one of the special guests.

Recently, there were rumours of Bieber and the former One Direction star eyeing a possible collaboration given their budding camaraderie on social media. Bieber retweeted a link to Zayn’s new single from his upcoming album featuring rapper PartyNextDoor — something he has never done for anybody else.

Says an insider, “The promoters (White Fox India) are expecting a lot of international celebs at the India leg of Bieber’s Purpose Tour, Zayn being one of them. India is viewed as a hot destination by most global celebrities and this show is being planned on a grand scale.”

In fact, ticket sales for the May 10 concert at Navi Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium will be reopened from April 10 following fans’ demand. Bieber’s latest jaunt is in support of his fourth album, Purpose. So far, the organisers have approached Sonakshi Sinha to open the gig. Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan and Sidharth Malhotra are also being considered to perform on stage.