It was a big night for all the hockey lovers at the Hockey World Cup 2018 was declared 'open' at the Kalinga stadium in Bhubaneshwar. Many Bollywood personalities including Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit and AR Rahman attended this opening night and dazzled the onlookers with their terrific acts. While the Chak De! India actor recreated his iconic dialogue from the film and reminisced his days as a reel life coach, Madhuri performed on Mother Earth in a ballet that celebrated the tribal culture of India as well as the mixture of the influence of West with the East. The legendary music composer pulled the curtains down at the ceremony and we must say, it was a night to remember. Hockey World Cup 2018 Schedule, Timetable in IST: Check Out Complete Fixtures , Venue of FIH 2018 Men's Hockey WC Matches in Odisha.
Check out the tweets from the starry night right below to get an idea of what a memorable affair it was.
— HeartBeatsForHockey (@HeartBts4Hockey) November 27, 2018
— Mandeep Yadav (@Anchormandeep) November 27, 2018
.@iamsrk embraces Manpreet Singh with a warm hug as he greets every captain at the Opening Ceremony of the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup Bhubaneswar 2018#HWCOpeningCeremony #HWC2018 pic.twitter.com/KOG5WL7B0o
— ♡♔Bauua CFC♔♡™ (@SRKCHENNAIFC) November 27, 2018
Chief Minister @Naveen_Odisha declares the Odisha Hockey Men's World Cup 2018 Bhubaneswar open. Spectacular fire works enthral spectators. #Odisha #Bhubaneswar #HWCOpeningCeremony #HWC2018 pic.twitter.com/A0KZI126nq
— Hemant Kumar Rout (@Hemant_TNIE) November 27, 2018
Recently the Hockey World Cup was embroiled in a controversy when the Kalinga Sen issued a statement against SRK. They threatened to throw ink at the star for hurting the sentiments of the Odia people and dishonouring their cultures by portraying the Kalinga war in Asoka in an incorrect way. However, the threat was withdrawn later.