Hrithik, Anushka and Shahid Kapoor gear up for their IPL performance
Bollywood celebrities Anushka Sharma, Shahid Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan are all set to glam up the opening ceremony of Indian Premiere League (IPL) season eight on Tuesday night.
The opening ceremony will be held at the Salt Lake Stadium on Tuesday evening and Bollywood celebrities arrived in Kolkata on Monday, a day ahead of their much-awaited performance.
Soon after they landed in Kolkata, Hrithik, Anushka and Shahid went for their performance rehearsals. In spite of thundershowers in Kolkata, the Bollywood stars were spotted rehearsing with their background dancers at the Salt Lake Stadium.
The actors were spotted practicing their moves with a troupe of background dancers for the two-hour-long programme on Tuesday.
Some of the dancers, which included foreigners, were attired in hooded jackets for protection from the rain.
The stadium was covered in a haze of blue light and was abuzz with activity as the two showed up. A thunderstorm on April 5 affected Kolkata Knight Riders’ practice at the Eden Gardens which turned soggy.
The Knight Riders’ cricketers had to be content with a workout at the Pankaj Gupta indoor stadium located within the Eden Gardens premises.
KKR, the defending champions, and the rest of the league teams will participate in the grand opening show.
Apart from Hrithik, Anushka and Shahid, other tinsel town celebrities roped in for the inaugural include actor-director Farhan Akhtar who will perform there with his band.
Actor Saif Ali Khan, Indian cricketing legend Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi’s son, will host the show and introduce the cricketers and stars.
For Hrithik, it was a rather nostalgic trip as his first live act after his stellar debut in father Rakesh Roshan’s Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, was at the same venue in Kolkata.
“Rain threatens 2stop d event tom nite.I told them 2 keep d cameras on,cause come rain or storm, I gonna dance. #hrx,” Hrithik Roshan tweeted.
“Dancing whr I danced15 yrs ago. N cn c myself dance 15 yrs frm now.Never stop growing never stop learning. #ipl,” he added.
“Going 2 b nostalgic. Happy 2 return 2 where I started.Salt lake stadium. my 1st stage. the date 7th April. See you all at @IPL Opening Nite,” Hrithik tweeted.