Katrina goes desi for Lucknow stage

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif had Lucknow swaying to her moves on Saturday when she performed at the opening ceremony of the inaugural Hockey India League (HIL) in the city.

The superstar, who has emerged as Bollywood’s most popular female stage artiste lately, chose to make an ethnic statement for her performance. She sizzled in a red lehnga and matching embroidered choli, accessorised with silver jewellery.

The venue was Dhyan Chand Stadium. Nargis Fakhri and Shiamak Davar’s dance troupe were the other performers at the show preceding the opening match between Delhi Waveriders and Uttar Pradesh Wizards.

Akhilesh Yadav and Katrina Kaif in Lucknow

Incidentally, Saturday was a double whammy for Katrina fans. After performing in Lucknow in the morning, she flew back to Mumbai where she was scheduled to perform with Salman Khan at the opening ceremony of Celebrity Cricket League season 3 later in the night.

At the Lucknow event, Katrina chose to avoid her more popular item dances such as ‘Chikni Chameli’ and ‘Sheila ki Jawaani’, and opted to perform on two other hits. She presented ‘Mashallah’ from Ek Tha Tiger and ‘Ishq Shava’ from Jab Tak Hai Jaan, her back-to-back blockbusters in 2012.

In all, Katrina performed for around 10 minutes. Although authorities refused to confirm, sources said Kat – who is known to charge anything between Rs.3.5-5 crore for a halfhour performance, would have made a cool Rs.1-1.5 crore for her Lucknow performance.

Nargis Fakhri

Nargis, who took to stage for about five minutes, grooved to her tracks from her debut film, Rockstar. Shiamak Davar’s troupe presented a colourful fusion of varied dance styles. Lately, Katrina seems to have emerged as the first-choice performers for event organisers.

Last year, much controversy was generated when she allegedly replaced original choice Kareena Kapoor to perform at a high-profile wedding, despite demanding a hefty pay cheque.

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