Cine stars gave it a miss but the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games had its Bollywood moment with AR Rahman's Chaiya Chaiya enthralling the audience during the 'Great Indian journey' segment of the event on Sunday night.
The journey, a programme organised by the Indian Railways, started with a makeshift train chugging across the stadium with dancers and people from all walk of life thronging the roof, singing and celebrating the true spirit of the Games.
As the Dil se song played at the background, audience burst into a loud cheer. With the real stars missing, giant cutouts of Bollywood superstars such as Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and Shahrukh Khan were put up for display at the train.
'Dholi Taro', a song from 'Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam', could also be heard at the background. In the pre-show, Bollywood music composer Anand Raj Anand and singer Shibani Kashyap enthralled the audience with their renditions. Anand sang his Commonwealth song 'come out and play', while Kashyap performed some of her hit Bollywood numbers. The evening culminated with Rahman singing his Oscar winning song from 'Slumdog Millionaire', 'Jai Ho'.