New Delhi: Bollywood A-listers like Shah Rukh Khan (also owner of Kolkata Knight Riders), Hrithik Roshan, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone have over the last nine years mesmerized fans across the world during the opening ceremonies of the Indian Premier League. And this year, it is the turn of the upcoming crop of stars like Parineeti Chopra, Tiger Shroff and Shraddha Kapoor to set the stage on fire during the 8 separate opening ceremonies across the eight host cities.
IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla had already told Cricketnext on Monday that there would be eight separate opening ceremonies and now it has been learnt that the latest crop of Bollywood stars will perform across Delhi, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Gujarat, Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru and Indore.
Apart from Parineeti, Tiger and Shraddha, the likes of Amy Jackson and Riteish Deshmukh are also expected to perform. While Amy is set to perform at the den of the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, Riteish is expected to perform for the fans of Pune Rising Supergiant.
Speaking to Cricketnext, Ravinder Manchanda, IPL head of events committee of the Delhi and District Cricket Association, confirmed that none other than Ambala girl Parineeti will set the stage ablaze at the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium ahead of Delhi Daredevils’ opening game of the tournament on April 15 against Kings XI Punjab.
A Cricket Association of Bengal official said that both Shraddha and Monali Thakur would be wooing the Kolkata Knight Riders fans.
“With Shah Rukh Khan, you never know if he will be part of an impromptu jig if he is present at the Eden Gardens. But as of now, Shraddha and Monali have confirmed their participation. We are very excited and hope to put on a great show,” he said.
Gujarat Lions are set to have the acrobatic Tiger perform stunts as well as Bollywood numbers for the fans in Rajkot.
“We will have the super talented Tiger performing at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. Apart from him, we will also have Sachin-Jigar and the Ram-Leela fame singer Bhoomi Trivedi. It should be a fascinating night and one that all will remember,” an SCA official said.
A Hyderabad Cricket Association official who is in the know of things said that Amy is set to perform at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal on the opening night of the 10th edition of the cash-rich league.
Interestingly, the Mumbai Cricket Association and the Karnataka State Cricket Association are yet to get the blueprint of the opening ceremonies. While Mumbai Indians play their first home game against KKR on April 9, Royal Challengers Bangalore play their first game at home against Delhi Daredevils on April 8.
Speaking to Cricketnext, a senior KSCA official said: “We have just been told that the event shall be hosted between 6pm and 6:50 pm and that is all that we are aware of. We have not been told anything about the performers and what all can be expected in the show. But we are confident that it will be nothing but the best.”
An MCA official echoed the same sentiments. “We have not been told anything by the organising committee as yet,” is all he said.
With KXIP playing their opening game at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore, the Punjab Cricket Association said they weren’t concerned with the opening ceremony details. On being contacted, the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association said they hadn’t been briefed yet.