Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and AR Rahman dazzled at the Kalinga Stadium during the opening ceremony of the Hockey World Cup 2018. The World Cup taking place in Bhubaneswar was declared open with a grand opening ceremony, which saw Bollywood stars with fascinating performances. Shah Rukh Khan recreated the Chak de India moment with his iconic dialogues while Madhuri Dixit celebrated the tribal culture of India as well as the mixture of the influence of the West with the East.
Many of the celebrities went on to social media to support the participating teams.
The ceremony came to a perfect end with a performance by AR Rahman.
We would like to thank all involved in organising the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 & the celebrations at Cuttack. We thank @Naveen_Odisha and his government for supporting us in organising this grand event. #IndiaKaGame #HWC2018 pic.twitter.com/PJGoZUmPkU— Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 29, 2018
While Shah Rukh Khan's performance left everyone with nostalgic as had a special message for all the teams, as he quoted famous dialogue from CHAK DE INDIA.
A fantastic start for the Indian Hockey team!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 29, 2018
Congratulations to our team for an impressive win against South Africa in their opening match at the World Cup in Odisha.
Best wishes for the upcoming games. @TheHockeyIndia #HWC2018
The World Cup was declared open by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik during the ceremony along with all the 16 captains of the teams. Larger than life fusion dance performances were choreographed by ace dancer Shiamak Davar. He was joined by 1100 artists.
Happy to join Hockey Men’s World Cup Celebrations 2018 in the Millennium City of Cuttack on 28th November 2018. Come let's cheer for the World's best n make it memorable!! #HWC2018 #Odisha2018 @FIH_Hockey @TheHockeyIndia pic.twitter.com/l0a6UyKGlK— Salman Khan (@BeingSalmanKhan) November 27, 2018
The grand ceremony showcased first-of-its-kind theatrical production - The Earth Song featuring Madhuri Dixit as the lead character, her performance beautifully depicted the theme of the ceremony.
Thank u Odisha for all the excitement, love & the grand beginning to the World Cup Hockey. @naveen_odisha it was lovely to meet u sir. To all the players have a great tournament....& yes..Chak De India! pic.twitter.com/bQ2BajiG7O— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) November 27, 2018
The opening ceremony was almost three hours long which beautifully conveyed a powerful message of \"oneness of humanity\".