Chennai, Oct 3: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's breathtaking moves complemented AR Rahman's soulful music as the country's who's who from various fields got together for football to kick off the second season of Indian Super League (ISL) with a brief opening ceremony here today.
Even as the beautiful Aishwarya sparkled by dancing to her hit numbers such as Dola Re Dola, Dhoom Dhoom, the highlight of the evening was music maestro Rahman performing the national anthem at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.
The 45-minute programme was attended by, among others, Sachin Tendulkar, Rajnikanth, Mukesh and Nita Ambani, besides the Bachchan family.
The initial part of the programme saw a performance by Bansi Kaul's troop. Young bollywood actor Alia Bhatt gyrated to some of her hits from movies like Student of the Year, besides performing to the ISL theme song 'Let's Football'.
The franchises owners of opening day fixture between Atletico de Kolkata and Chennaiyin FC were called on to the stage and introduced by host Arjun Kapoor, following which Aishwarya entered the scene. Amitabh Bachchan couldn't stop clapping as her daughter-in-law performed.
"Together with your support we will make ISL a success," said Nita Ambani, the inspiration behind the initiative and founder chairperson of Football Sports Development.
Heartthrob Rajnikanth hugging cricket legend and Kerala Blasters' co-owner Tendulkar and cine star Aishwarya were some of the worthy moments of the show.
The noise level reached a crescendo as two of India's greatest icons -- Rajnikanth and Bachchan -- took centre stage in front of 15,000-20,000 people and shared a word or two.