Shah Rukh Khan on stage is nothing new. He’s been charming audiences for years, be it in India, across Europe, even the United States. So, when he took the stage at the IPL Opening Ceremony at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday night, we knew he would be his charming self.
The show started off with SRK performing to the superhit ‘Chak De India’, but this version was remixed in a very different way. He then moved on to the hits, ‘Love Mera Hit Hit’ and ‘Marjaani’ from Billu in true crowd pleasing King Khan style.
Next SRK surprised the crowd by grabbing a water bottle, holding it as a microphone, and mouthing a greeting in Tamil (his voice had been recorded earlier), which brought cheers from the crowd. He told the crowd that Chennai’s energy is the highest, their Rajni is the best, and their whistles are the loudest. From the King to the Super Kings.
He then surprised the crowd again, inviting Shriya Saran on stage to dance with him to some Tamil songs. Chennai’s crowd lived up to his earlier words, bursting with energy and applause.
The performance ended with a night sky lit with fireworks, kicking off the 2011 IPL season. Best of luck to SRK’s team, the Kolkata Knight Riders, and all the other IPL franchises. Here’s to another great season!