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Fans await the real IPL action after star-studded opening ceremony

Last updated on: April 08, 2015 09:57 IST


A fan reacts during the IPL opening ceremony in Kolkata on Tuesday night. Photograph: BCCI

The opening ceremony of the Indian Premier League’s eighth edition turned out to be a starry affair.

Heavy rain failed to dampen the spirit of Kolkata as a dazzling Bollywood-awards style opening ceremony kick-started the gala cricket show.

The cine stars enthralled thousands of drenched fans.


Fans cheer their stars during the IPL opening ceremony. Photograph: BCCI

Attention now turns to the real action: Wednesday's official opener between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.

Shahid Kapoor

Actor Shahid Kapoor performs during IPL opening ceremony. Photograph: BCCI

Rain caused almost an hour's delay, but it will take more than wet weather to prevent fans from getting into a jubilant mood.

Bollywood stars

From left, Pritam, Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar and Anushka Sharma. Photograph: BCCI

With Bollywood stars like Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Saif Al Khan and Farhan Akhtar, at times, one could have mistaken the opening ceremony for a film awards night.

Anushka Sharma

Actress Anushka Sharma performs. Photograph: BCCI

Actress Anushka Sharma, girlfriend of Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli, delighted the Salt Lake stadium audience with her performance.

Rediff Sports Desk