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IPL 2015 – Opening Ceremony – Pictures/Photos
Indian Premier League 8th edition or IPL 8 kick started last night with the Bollywood glitz award night’s types show. And like most awards night shows this was a total disaster, the worst ever.
Even glittery performances by Bollywood stars, couldn’t quite live up to the expectations of viewers which were quite low to begin with due to the rains. The show was to begin at 2000hrs IST but the rains played spoilsport and the show started at 2100hrs IST.
The event, took place at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata, had live performances by Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma and Farhan Akhtar, and was hosted by Saif Ali Khan.
Around 400 performers will be involved in the stellar opener choreographed by Remo D’Souza and Santosh Shetty that will see eight-to-ten-minute performances by Hrithik, Shahid and Anushka on a popular Bollywood dance tracks.
Saif Ali Khan who made his debut as the TV host with IPL 8, fumbled and forgot lines throughout the show. Saif, the 10th Nawab of Pataudi, who had quite clearly stated that he wasn’t ‘gifted’ when it comes to cricket, also proved that he isn’t as impressive when it comes to hosting either.
After waiting for more than an hour due to the rains, the event began with music composer Pritam’s performance. And the traditional opening of IPL was just a hint at what the event had in store for all. While selection of Rabindra Sangeet seemed apt, for many the performance wasn’t ‘quite digestible’
What followed next was Shahid Kapur taking to the stage to entertain the viewers. While nothing was wrong with his performance, the way it kicked off wasn’t flawless. The actor arriving riding a bike banged it and broke the stage.
Next up was the performance by Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli’s ‘love’, received was expected. While she gave her best with Virat grinning, the impact wasn’t all that indelible. All we remember from her poor performance was her black and white outfit which was totally weird. We obviously blame Virat for it. No pun intended.
By the time actor-director Farhan Akhtar staged his performance, the viewers were upset and clearly disinterested. Siddhu compared him to iconic singers Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar which was totally stupid, millions of IPL Fans thought the live performance at IPL was Farhan’s worst ever till date. Farhan Akhtar’s Sinbad The Sailor and other songs were taken with a pinch of salt by the audience.
The one celebrity who enthralled the viewers at the glitzy opening ceremony was Hrithik Roshan. Pure Knight in shining armour like most of his movies. The attitude with which he carried himself, the well-choreographed dance steps he performed was truly out of this world. The actor who pumped up the volume turned out to the best performer at the event. Still the whole show was pure disaster. Hopefully the cricket will be not.