Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor sent the crowd into raptures
with her sizzling dance numbers while singer Monali Thakur
performed her peppy hits to set the stage on fire at the Indian
Premier League (IPL) extravaganza ahead of Kolkata Knight Riders'
(KKR) first home game at the Eden Gardens here on Thursday.
In front of a half-full stadium with the match one-and-half
hours away from the start, Shraddha, whose next film 'Half
Girlfriend' is scheduled for a May release, turned on the heat in
the final segment of the 21-minute programme, dancing to her hit
Starting with "Tum Hi Ho" from the blockbuster "Aashiqui 2", the
30-year old shook a leg to "Galliyan" from "Ek Villain", "The Humma
Song (OK Jaanu)" and "Main nachu aj Cham Cham Cham (Baaghi)" in
front of father and veteran actor Shakti Kapoor who was in the
Sporting a golden top and purple coloured track pants, the
gorgeous Mumbaikar looked stunning.
Monali, who hails from the city, crooned a number of hits
including "Moh Moh ke Dhaage", "Tune Mari Entriyaan" and the title
track of Badrinath Ki Dulhaniya which drew the loudest cheers.
The function was a fusion of Bengal's traditional chhau dance
and Punjab's bhangra, commencing with a performance by Shillong
The chhau dancers introduced the KKR team, while KXIP made an
entry with the bhangra dance troupe in the third segment of the
Home team captain Gautam Gambhir handed Aussie counterpart Glenn
Maxwell a "Spirit of Cricket" token.
A one-minute AV was displayed showing the two- time IPL
champions' journey from 2008 till now.
This is the first time that there are eight opening ceremonies
taking place across eight venues.