Clad in a tightly-fitting biker suit and branded glares, Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan kept around 50,000 spectators enthralled with a dance performance to his peppy hits at the glitzy and glamourous inaugural ceremony of the sixth edition of the Indian Premiere League (IPL) here Tuesday.
SRK, as the megastar is affectionately called, made a grand entry to a ‘Don’ track with an American chopper for company promising a ‘great time’ and a ‘party’ as laser beams cut through the arena lit in fluorescent and blue.
He jived to ‘Tumse Milke’ with ‘Main Hoon Na’ booming through the number that saw him doing the signature Qawwali steps.
Thanking West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and everyone associated with IPL, Khan broke out to a medley of ‘Koi Mil Gaya’ and ‘Ladki Badi anjaani Hai’ surrounded by a clutch of children in colourful gowns who lovingly kissed the superstar leaving bright pink lipstick marks.
Continuing the ‘party’, Khan grooved to Pitbull’s popular party anthem ‘Hotel Room’ that merged into rhythmic Afro beats of ‘Chammak Challo’.
Giving the mixed audience a dose of nostalgia SRK hit off to ‘Yeh Kaali Kaali aankhen’ and rounding it up with ‘Criminal’ as he meandered onto the ground.
Leading Bollywood ladies Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone took to the stage prior to King Khan.
Flaunting off her toned physique in a shimmery black halter and leather pants with knee-length boots, Padukone broke onto the stage through a pictorial representation of her face.
Shaking a leg to hits like ‘Sajday Mein’ and ‘Angrezi beat’ she enlivened the atmosphere by stepping up to a medley of ‘Yo Yo Honey Singh’ and ‘Tumhi Ho’ from the hit movie Cocktail.
Upping the glam quotient in a golden cape and headgear reminiscent of an Egyptian pharaoh, Katrina Kaif in her maiden performance in the city arrived grandly onto the ground, seated on an elevated moving platform.
She showcased fluidity through her movements to ‘Tera Hone Laga Hoon’ as SRK’s voice boomed ‘Jab Tak hai Jaan’s dialogues.
Audiences went wild as she stepped up to hits like ‘Sheila ki Jawani’, ‘Touch Me’ with a dash of ‘Burn it Up’ and ‘Masha Allah’ in a red harem and black blouse with pink trimming.
She concluded her stellar performance with Laavni steps and music syncd to ‘Chikni Chameli in a black ghagra with pink border.
–Indo Asian News Service