MUMBAI: While reports are suggesting that American singing sensation Jennifer Lopez will be arriving to India to perform at the opening ceremony for the IPL Sixth Edition in Kolkata, we have learnt that it is not to be, after all!
After hefty negotiations, an insider tells us that Lopez has finally turned down the offer.
Reveals our source, “She (Jennifer) was supposed to come to India with a 45 member team to perform at the IPL 6 on April 2, 2013 but now she has turned down the offer.”
On further probing, the source revealed the exact cause of Jennifer Lopez’ decision – “It seems the monies offered to her did not excite her enough. The only people so far confirmed to perform at the opening ceremony are the ‘Jab Tak Hain Jaan’ duo – SRK and Katrina Kaif.”
But, we are sure team IPL will come up with enough entertainment, if the Fifth Edition of IPL last year is anything to go by. Last year’s event was held in Chennai, with extravagant performances from the likes of Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Prabhu Deva and Kareena Kapoor.
IPL Chairman, Rajeev Shukla assures that this year will be no less. He said, “The Opening Ceremony of the Pepsi IPL 2013 will be one of the most spectacular events ever witnessed, in keeping with what will follow in the tournament itself, over the following seven weeks.”
There is surely excitement from the fact that the King of Bollywood – Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt Ltd has been signed on as the promoter for the IPL T20 opening ceremony.
“We are delighted to have tied up with Red Chillies Entertainment Pvt Ltd, which has a proven track record of organising and executing events on a grand scale,” said Shukla.
On April 2, 2013, IPL 6 will be launched at the Salt Lake Stadium, Kolkata.
Juhi Chawla, who is to co-host the event with SRK, had earlier said, “As of last night, its Jennifer Lopez…apart from her, we have our superstars…one to ghar ka jo hai, unko to dance karayenge hi (Shah Rukh Khan being from our home will have to dance), Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif will also be there.”
While, the International factor last year had been American pop sensation Katy Perry – Now, in light of the fact that Jennifer Lopez will not attend, we wonder who is going to glam up the IPL opening day?