Hockey World Cup 2018 Opening Ceremony, Highlights: Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, AR Rahman add colour
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Hockey World Cup 2018 Opening Ceremony, Highlights: Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, AR Rahman add colour

Hockey World Cup 2018 Opening Ceremony, As it happened: Bollywood stars Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit, and AR Rahman enthralled the massive crowd at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneshwar

By HT Correspondent | Nov 27, 2018 21:50 IST

The Hockey World Cup kick-started with a grand opening ceremony at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar. Shah Rukh Khan narrated his iconic sattar minute dialogue from Chak De! India and Madhuri Dixit carried out a magical performance. India’s music sensation AR Rahman sung hit songs such as Dil Se, Humma Humma, Maa Tujhe Salaam among others. India are up against South Africa in their first match on Wednesday.

20:45 hrs IST

Rahman Sings Maa Tujhe Salaam & Jai Ho

AR Rahman is bringing out his best songs one by one at the opening ceremony. After Dil Se and Humma Humma, Rahman moves to Maa Tujhe Salaam before the Oscar-winning song Jai Ho.

20:27 hrs IST

AR Rahman performs on stage

India’s music sensation AR Rahman fires up the stage by singing Dil Se and playing the piano.

Few minutes later, he stands up and sings the hit song humma humma song.

20:14 hrs IST

Madhuri Dixit’s magical performance comes to an end

Madhuri Dixit has got the Hockey World Cup off to a great start with a magical performance at the opening ceremony.

19:59 hrs IST

PM Modi welcomes all teams

Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes and send his best wishes to all the teams participating in the Hockey World Cup.

19:49 hrs IST

Virat Kohli Hails AR Rahman

19:47 hrs IST

Sports minister Rathore wishes the Indian team

Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore wishes the Indian team all the best for the Hockey World Cup.

19:36 hrs IST

Madhuri Dixit performs on stage

Madhuri Dixit makes a very colourful entry on to the stage at the Kalinga Stadium. The bollywood legend dances as artists form mesmerising formations.

19:19 hrs IST

Shah Rukh Khan narrates the famous Chak De dialogue

Remember the sattar minute dialogue? Well, Shah Rukh Khan couldn’t find a better way to give a pep talk to the players ahead of the big World Cup.

19:07 hrs IST

Shah Rukh Khan makes his entry

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan enters the stage in a fancy car and thanks the chief minister for giving him the opportunity to meet the crowd at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneshwar.

19:03 hrs IST

Gaurav Kapur invites all captains

Host Gaurav Kapur invites all captains to the stage as the crowd gives them a big cheer.

19:00 hrs IST

Odisha CM declares the World Cup open

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik declares the Hockey World Cup open!

18:48 hrs IST

Narinder Batra speaks at the opening ceremony

The president of FIH, Narinder Batra gives his good wishes to all the teams in the Hockey World Cup.

18:37 hrs IST

Biggest drone show in India

The biggest drone show is currently taking place at the opening ceremony. A beautiful light show is being carried out!

18:33 hrs IST

The batch of 1975

India have won only one Hockey World Cup in 1975.

18:29 hrs IST

Opening ceremony underway

The opening ceremony of the Hockey World Cup is underway. Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit are set to perform.