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IPL opening ceremony was a let down







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Shahrukh Khan, who is now beginning to show his age, 47, was literally everywhere in the opening ceremony of 6th edition of Indian Premier League. Though he looked tired, his energy was unmatched, as it usually is when it comes to live performances. He recited Rabindranath Tagore’s ‘Where the mind without fear’ and danced to Gangnam style. No problem with that, except that it has been done a million times around the world since South Korean K-pop singer Psy’s chartbusting single went viral.

Hard core cricket fans have always frowned upon the IPL – the marriage between Bollywood and Cricket. In this they scored a minor victory as Khan, Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone made the IPL opening act look like a run of the mill awards night.

As the camera panned Khan’s wife Gauri, there was a markedly disinterested look on her face. The show started predictably with a dance performance on a Rabindra sangeet. The captains of the different teams were called on stage. A performer descended on stage hanging for dear life on a bunch of balloons and handed the winner’s Trophy to the captain of last year’s team, the serious Gautam Gambhir who looked so sombre one would think he’s already lost a match.

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The event should have ended there. But of course it didn’t. Because the maximum TRPs had to be milked out of routine Bollywood song and dance.

Padukone danced to Honey Singh’s Angrezi Beat and other peppy numbers from her film ‘Cocktail’. Kaif made her entry on a garish golden chariot as ‘Zara Zara Touch Me’ from the film ‘Race’ played in the background. ‘Race’ was released way back in 2008, testimony to the planning that goes into performances at ceremonies such as these.

Rest was a history and to be forgotten 🙂



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