Star studded IPL final at Wanderers

Published: Thursday, May 21, 2009, 13:55 [IST]
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Star studded closing ceremony for IPL

Johannesburg : An unprecedented gathering of top stars from the world of film, politics and corporate world are going to attend the grand finals of IPL 2 at Wanderers on Sunday.

Even-though IPL organising committee is not ready to divulge the names, it is known that top Bollywood stars and captains of Indian trade and industry as well as Indian politicians are expected to hog the limelight.

IPL organisers even withdrew the accreditation of some journalists for the semi-final and final to allow space for the VIP guests from the film world.

IPL team owners Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Shilpa Shetty have been present at IPL matches to cheer their teams. Now a host of other celebrities do not want to miss out on the extravaganza.

Bollywood stars Kareena Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Rani Mukherjee and Bipasha Basu will join the troupe of world-renowned choreographer Shiamak Davar alongside the pyrotechnics and laser show for what promises to be a spectacular closing ceremony.

Many other movie stars from South India  including Nayanthara and Vijay are also expected to attend the function.

They include Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone, Ramya and Upendra (Bangalore Royal Challengers); Juhi Chawla, Arjun Rampal, Sajid Khan, and Farah Khan (Kolkata Knight Riders); singer Daler Mehndi (Kings XI Punjab); Vijay and Nayantara (Chennai Super Kings); Ila Arun (Rajasthan Royals); Hansika Motwani (Deccan Chargers); and Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan and Anil Kapoor (Mumbai Indians).

From the business world , liquor Baron Vijay Mallya of the UB Group, who also has interests in South Africa and is listed by Forbes as the seventh-richest man in the world, will certainly be here to cheer his Bangalore Royal Chargers if they make it to the final.

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Mukesh Ambani, whose family is the fourth-richest in the world, will be hoping to see his team Mumbai Indians, which he bought for $111.6 million, in the final.

Although organisers were unwilling to divulge names for security reasons, some of India's foremost politicians are also expected to attend the gala finale of the five-week spectacle that has taken South Africa by storm.


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