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IPL-8 opening: Bollywood to add glitter to 'India Ka Tyohar'

Mon, Apr 06, 2015, 04:30 PM
Kolkata, April 6 , 2015: Brace for dazzling lights and laser projections shooting straight-off from the ground at the Salt Lake Stadium for a replay of the magical moments from past Indian Premier League (IPL) editions as a fresh chapter of the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament gets going with a glitzy opening jamboree that unites the world of cricket with blockbuster Bollywood here on Tuesday.

Setting the stage for the eighth edition of the league will be tinsel town's stars -- Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor and Anushka Sharma -- in what is being pitched as the 'India ka Tyohar' (Festival of India).

The two-hour inaugural aims to charm the audience with a festive feel and includes a special segment dedicated to defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). It also incorporates more glimpses of cricket than the previous inaugurals.

Despite the absence of superstar Shah Rukh Khan, a regular at the inaugurals, or any foreign artist, Roshan Abbas's Encompass Events promises a "different" and "global" experience that will entertain all. The Kolkata connect will not be forgotten.

Around 400 performers (including 300 locals) 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 (cricketer Virat Kohli's beau) on a mash-up of popular Bollywood dance tracks.

Incidentally, this is Hrithik's second live show in Kolkata after a gap of 15 years while the city hosted its last IPL inaugural in 2013.

Actor-director Farhan Akhtar will belt out songs with his band while actor Saif Ali Khan, Indian cricketing legend Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi's son, will host the show and introduce the cricketers and stars.
Agency: IANS

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