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IPL 2016 Opening ceremony: Bollywood stars set the stage alight ahead of new season

Mumbai: A glitzy mix of Bollywood razzmatazz and high-octane performances, including that of West Indian cricketer Dwayne Bravo’s smash-hit rap ‘Champion dance’, marked a glittering opening ceremony which set the ball rolling for the ninth edition of the IPL on Friday night.

The two hour and 15 minute long event was less spectacular as compared to the previous editions but the cine stars still managed to put up an entertaining show, enthralling the gathering at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Stadium at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai.

Ranveer Singh performs during the opening ceremony of IPL. PTI

Bollywood actors Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Jacqueline Fernandez and Punjabi rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh kept the audience glued to their seats during the opening gala attended by the BCCI top brass, franchise team owners, players and support staff of all the eight participating teams.

The crowd at the indoor stadium enjoyed every bit of Bravo’s much-anticipated ‘champions dance’. In white blazer and black trousers, Bravo, a part of the West Indies World Twenty20 winning team, swayed to his ‘Champion dance’ as the fellow cricketers and crowd cheered him.

Bravo also danced to another number ‘Chalo Chalo’ and was joined on the stage by Bollywood playback singer Ankit Tewari who sang an Indian version of ‘Champion’ — ‘Hindustan Mein Bade Bade Champion.

Like earlier opening ceremonies, the cricket segment was short and limited to only the oath taking ceremony by the skippers of the eight teams. Indian team Director Ravi Shastri ushered the eight captains to sign the MCC Spirit of Cricket pledge for fair play.

Oscars 2016: Priyanka Chopra is the second most googled celebrity after Leonardo DiCaprio

While India made it to the top 10 markets for searches related to the 88th Academy Awards held in Los Angeles on Sunday, it was actor Priyanka Chopra who was the second most searched celebrity in India after Hollywood actor Leonardo Dicaprio, internet search giant Google said on Monday.

India although contributing about two percent of the global searches for the Oscars, still made it to the top 10 markets for Oscar searches, the company said in a statement.

As much as 50 percent of all Oscar searches worldwide originated from the US.

File photo Priyanka Chopra. AFP

Markets that made up to the next 30 percent of the search share included Britain, Canada, Australia and Spain.

“Compared to 2015, this year has seen an unprecedented 70 percent year-on-year growth in queries for the Oscars. January 2016 saw two times spike in searches in comparison to December 2015,” the company said in a statement.

The top searches for Oscars 2016 from India included best picture, best actor, best actress and best director, Google said.

The top searched nominees in the best picture category were “The Revenant”, “Mad Max: Fury Road”, “The Martian”, “Room”, “Bridge of Spies”, “Spotlight” and “The Big Short”.

For Indian fans, Leonardo DiCaprio emerged as the most popular nominee in the race for best actor, followed by Matt Damon (The Martian).

Incidentally, DiCaprio also emerged as the most searched best actor nominee across the US.

Among the best actress nominees, Cate Blanchett (Carol) was the most searched nominee followed by Jennifer Lawrence (Joy), Brie Larson (Room), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years).

In the US, the two best searched nominees in this category were Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Lawrence

“In 2016, searches around the Oscars are trending to be the top query worldwide in the art and entertainment category”, Google added.

The same trend was seen in India as well. All varieties of queries were typed by the users — around the awards, award dates and nominations, Google said.