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ISL opening ceremony: Top Bollywood stars dazzle down south

Young Bollywood sensation Bhatt and enduring actress Rai rock at ISL opening ceremony in Chennai

Chennai: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's breathtaking moves complemented AR Rahman's soulful music as the country's who's who from various fields got together for football to kick off the second season of Indian Super League (ISL) with a brief opening ceremony yesterday.

Photos: Alia, Aishwarya enthrall audiences at the ISL opening ceremony

Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt at the ISL opening ceremony at Chennai on Saturday. Pic/ISL
Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt at the ISL opening ceremony at Chennai on Saturday. Pic/ISL

Even as the beautiful Aishwarya sparkled by dancing to her hit numbers such as Dola Re Dola, Dhoom Dhoom, the highlight of the evening was music maestro Rahman performing the national anthem at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.

Star cast
The 45-minute programme was attended by Sachin Tendulkar, Rajnikanth, Mukesh and Nita Ambani and the Bachchan family, among others.

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, Neeta Ambani, Bollyoood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt pose for a selfie during the opening ceremony of ISL2015 in Chennai on Saturday. Pic/ISL
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, Neeta Ambani, Bollyoood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor and Alia Bhatt pose for a selfie during the opening ceremony of ISL2015 in Chennai on Saturday. Pic/ISL

Young Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt, with a little help from the evening's Master of Ceremonies, Arjun Kapoor, kicked things off with a brief performance, dancing to some of her famous hits, which included Radha and Disco Deewane from her hit flick Student of the Year before finishing her performance with ISL's theme song — Let's Football.

The franchise owners of the opening day fixture between Atletico de Kolkata and Chennaiyin FC were called on stage.

Amitabh Bachchan applauds as the ISL opening ceremony gets to a fever pitch level. Pic/PTI
Amitabh Bachchan applauds as the ISL opening ceremony gets to a fever pitch level. Pic/PTI

Amitabh Bachchan couldn't stop clapping as his daughter-in-law performed.

"Together with your support we will make ISL a success," said Nita Ambani, the inspiration behind the initiative and founder chairperson of Football Sports Development.

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Rajnikanth hugging Kerala Blasters' co-owner Tendulkar and cine star Aishwarya were some of the worthy moments of the show. The noise level then reached a crescendo as two of India's greatest icons — Rajnikanth and Bachchan — took centre stage in front of the 15,000-20,000 gathering.

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