Today, Season 4 of the Indian Premiere League gets underway in Chennai. The star of the opening ceremony will be Shah Rukh Khan. The act by the actor and co-owner of the Kolkata Knight Riders is a closely guarded secret. Declining to comment on the details of King Khan’s performance, a friend of his conceded, "It’s going to be the grand finale of the opening ceremony."
Three gorgeous singers, Manasi Scott, Sona Mohapatra and Akriti Kakkar, dressed in Neeta Lulla’s designs, will also be performing a cover version of a song which was still being finalised at the time of going to press.
Manasi, who did a show for the Deccan Chargers last year, says, "It’s the kind of show one’s seen at SuperBowl. Ours will be a peppy, upbeat number that will take forward the celebrations of India’s World Cup victory."
Sona admits that she was taken aback when she was approached by Wizcraft for IPL after her act at FICCI Frames last month. "I usually perform live with my band and I’m seen as an alternative artiste, not glamorous enough for the mainstream," says the singer, adding it’s a welcome change to work with various artistes without any preconditions and fuss over make-up, hair and outfit.
"Earlier, I’d wear glasses and dress down till Manasi prodded me to get glam. So after briefing my band on bass and rhythm, here I am now briefing my make-up artist and hair-stylist."