The FIH Men’s hockey world cup has kicked off with a glittering opening ceremony. The ceremony witnessed a number of stars including Shahrukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and A.R. Rehman.

While addressing a press conference, Captain Manpreet Singh was seen in a playful mood and was not at all nervous about the 14thedition of the World as he was taking the calls of the journalists even during the press conference.

The event took off at Bhubneshwar’s Kalinga stadium with the winners of 1975 World Cup on the stage.

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 The lighting at the decorations are not something, one could ignore as it is definitely a sight to behold.

Gaurav Kapur, the host of breakfast with the champions season 5 is the host of the evening.

Drones were lit up in the Sky to the tunes of A.R. Rehman’s ‘Jai Hind India’.

Gaurav Kapur, welcomed CM Naveen Patnaik on the stage to give a welcome speech.

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He said, “All of us are looking forward to this 18-day hockey festival. I thank all of you for coming here”.

Then the captains of all the 16 teams were then called on stage with Manpreet Singh, captain of the Indian Hockey team getting the loudest cheer.

An AV presentation showcased the Heartbeats for Hockey campaign.

Making it one of the most starry nights, Shahrukh Khan. Calling the WC players as the “most fiercest artists in the world”, SRK described his love for hockey as he had represented his school back in the day.

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An AV was aired describing the beauty of the state.

Madhuri Dixit turns mother Earth for the event and performs an act choreographed by Nupur Mahajan with around 1100 performers on the stage.

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PM Modi also tweeted to wish all the participating teams.

To finish the event, A.R. Rehman creates a magic with by performing his iconic tunes: Vande Matram and Jai Ho.


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