As Bollywood stars dazzled at the opening ceremony of second Indian Super League (ISL), Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s breathtaking moves and AR Rahman’s soulful music clearly stood out.
Even as the beautiful Aishwarya sparkled across the stage, grooving to the tunes of Dola Re Dola and Dhoom Dhoom, the highlight of the evening was music maestro Rahman performing the national anthem at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Mumbai.
Sachin Tendulkar, Rajnikanth, Mukesh and Nita Ambani, besides the Bachchan family were present at the ceremony among others. The initial part of the programme saw a performance by Bansi Kaul’s troop.
Young Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt, too, gyrated to some of her hit numbers, besides performing to the ISL theme song Let’s Football. The franchises owners of opening day fixture between Atletico de Kolkata and Chennaiyin FC were called on to the stage and introduced by host Arjun Kapoor, following which Aishwarya entered the scene.
"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.
Heartthrob Rajnikanth hugging cricket legend and Kerala Blasters’ co-owner Tendulkar and cine star Aishwarya were some of the worthy moments of the show. The noise level reached a crescendo as two of India’s greatest icons -- Rajnikanth and Bachchan -- took centre stage in front of 15,000-20,000 people and shared a word or two.