AR Rahman, Shah Rukh Khan, Karan Johar, Bipasha Basu, Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif — the who’s who of Bollywood is getting ready to shake a leg for the Indian Premier League. While Hrithik and Bipasha will perform at the IPL Grand Finale on April 25, a bevy of stars will add glamour to the first ever IPL Awards Night, to be held on April 23, in Mumbai.
While the organisers tried to keep the line-up a closely guarded secret, HT City learnt that Hrithik will be dancing to songs from his upcoming film Kites, and will also do a choreographed number with Bipasha Basu. “Hrithik’s performance will be really special and will include some of his past hits,” says a source from Cineyug, one of the event management companies organising the event.
Rahman, apart from performing the Oscar-winning hit Jai Ho, will also be seen performing with British pop group Sugababes.Talking about the international stars, besides Sugababes, that are expected at the Grand Finale, an organiser revealed, “Our first choice was the American rapper PitBull, but he refused. The next choice was Black Eyed Peas, who also said no. We also approached Usher, but he asked for too much money.”
The IPL Awards Night will be hosted by SRK and Johar, while Shilpa Shetty, Katrina Kaif and Priyanka Chopra will perform. “The IPL Awards is the crowning jewel to recognise the best of this season,” said IPL chairman Lalit Modi.
Players on stage?
If Lalit Modi, has his way, a host of cricketers will also perform at the IPL Awards Night. A source from Cineyug, the event managers, said, “A proper choreographed performance by a team is impossible as the cricketers are busy with matches. However, cricketers Sreesanth, Brett Lee and Chris Gayle are likely to perform live. While Sreesanth will dance to a filmi number, Lee will sing and play the guitar.”