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SRK, AR Rahman to lit up Hockey World Cup inaugural spectacle

As the countdown to Hockey World Cup 2018 nears, the euphoria is gradually reaching its full crescendo. A publicity blitz- ‘Heartbeats for Hockey’ has a whole nation enamoured of the sport.

And, with Bollywood’s unchallenged ‘Baadshah’ Shahrukh Khan and music maestro A R Rahman all set to lit up the inaugural ceremony, the hearts of movie buffs and sports enthusiasts are throbbing more rapidly.

According to R Vineel Krishna, director, sports & youth affairs, the opening ceremony on November 27 will showcase both Khan and Rahman in full splendour. The Hockey World Cup song titled ‘Jai Hind Hind, Jai India’ has pulsating rhythm composed by Rahman and is penned by legendary songwriter Gulzar.

The music video will showcase the New India and have visual elements from the contemporary and urbane to the grass root India even, as it’s the core of hockey and Team India.

The electric video together with the Hockey World Cup song are sure to inspire every Indian to get behind Hockey, as the Odisha Hockey Men’s World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018 kick starts on 28 November.

The song and video are slated to release at the end of the month when Team India returns from the Asian Champions Trophy in Muscat.

Khan has accepted the invite of chief minister Naveen Patnaik to grace the momentous event. The ace actor took to Twitter, throwing his weight behind the Hockey World Cup campaign. “Mera Dil Hockey ke liye bahut tez dhadakta hai”, tweeted the Bollywood king who played hockey in his youth.

Cheering the Men in Blue to get the cup back home, SRK in his tweet also termed hockey, “the pride of India” and urged everyone to get behind the Team India and support to the game.

With SRK and AR Rahman combining forces to inspire one and all, it is certain that the sport will attract a larger fan base, as India takes on rest of the world at Bhubaneswar in November.

World Cup is scheduled to set stage from 28 November to 16 December at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar.

The Hockey World Cup, to run between November 28 and December 16 at Bhubaneswar’s Kalinga Stadium, will witness participation of 16 nations. The stadium has been spruced up and upgraded to global standards for the mega event.

The department of sports & youth affairs is all agog for the ensuing spectacle. Anant Narayan Jena, mayor at Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has unveiled an eight-foot high replica trophy for the World Cup. Six more trophy replicas have been showcased at centres across the city. People have opportunities to take snapshots of the trophy and pose selfies with it.

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