Bollywood gives thumbs up to CWG opener

The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony was 'stunning', 'sensational' and 'spectacular' -- this is the verdict of the Indian film fraternity.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010 | 9:20:34 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony was 'stunning', 'sensational' and 'spectacular' -- this is the verdict of the Indian film fraternity.

Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Shekhar Kapur, Diya Mirza and Riteish Deshmukh and others have taken to social networking sites to cheer India for bringing alive a potpourri of Indian culture at the ceremony.

Some like Kunal Kohli, Rahul Bose and Riteish pointed out the huge applause Indians gave to welcome the Pakistan contingent. They feel it's a mark of maturity for both countries.

Here's what the celebrities have to say:

Amitabh: India won again! At the Commonwealth Games it struck up a fantastic opening event, defying all the criticism and pain of the last days. The show was spectacular and we need to be proud of all those that put in hours and years of hard work under most trying circumstances.

Shekhar Kapur: Huge swelling of national pride from everyone who saw the opening ceremony of CWG. Good to see Indians still get together despite all divisions.

Kunal Kohli: Wasn't it heartwarming that after our home team, the maximum claps were for Pakistan at the CWG opening! Unity and peace in the sub-continent will make us the strongest in the world. Let's not fall prey to politics, let's try and give peace a chance.

Abhishek Bachchan: Saw some glimpses of the CWG opening ceremony on TV. Looked sensational!

Arjun Rampal: CWG opening ceremony making us all feel proud and is a reminder to all that sports and sportsmen are beyond politics. Such wonderful energy!

Rahul Bose: The biggest cheer in the stadium was for Pakistan... goes to show the conflicted relationship we share.

Diya Mirza: A brilliant showcase of our culture, diversity, rich musical, dance and performing heritage! What a feeling for those who experienced it live! Every Indian should be proud! The CWG opening ceremony was just breathtaking.

Riteish Deshmukh: Congratulations CWG on a spectacular opening ceremony. SUPPERRR DUPPPPPERR SHOWWWW! Great to see a huge cheer by the crowd to welcome Pakistan... mark of a good host. Proud to be an Indian.

Vishal Dadlani: Wow! They pulled it off! Awesome! Congratulations India, for the CWG opening ceremony. Now keep the good vibe coming!

Rhea Kapoor: Spectacular opening! Loved the yoga sequence...actually loved it all. The Games begin!

Kunal Kapoor: The opening ceremony was superb!! Hopefully everything else will be as good... Fingers crossed.

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Posted on: 06 October 2010 at 9:44am
@spln...very true...they just see glamour fame and publicity wat ever they do...

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Posted on: 06 October 2010 at 12:04am
thnx a lot

CWG was awesome

loved it, totally awesome

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Posted on: 05 October 2010 at 9:07pm
And why does Bollywood need to comment on every damn issue??

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Posted on: 05 October 2010 at 6:19pm
i'm a pakistani...and i'm really bummed that i missed the ceromony! i live in north america, and i honestly had no clue when it was gonna air on tv! :( but i'm soo glad to know it was makes me feel sooo happy too...i can't explain how...but i'm extremely pleased to hear that the opening ceremony was brilliant! i hope i can find it online somehow!! and wth?!? i love how all of these actors attended the games for euro cup, but caught the delhi CWG on tv! fags!

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Posted on: 05 October 2010 at 5:45pm
Someone please tell me why we need to get Bollywood's Thumbs up??? I would have felt much better if the article was about "General Public gives a Thumbs up"..It doesn't matter.. I was also glad that they didn't use any Bollywood performers!!

Come one people - give us a break and learn to celebrate WITHOUT bollywood...

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Posted on: 05 October 2010 at 3:18pm
@Rahulbose's comment: What is he on? Biggest cheer for pakistan? lol maybe he was watching another CWG opening ceremony haha the crowd erupted when Indian athletes came on. In fact even bangladesh got good reception.

Anyways, brilliant job India! I felt so proud to be Indian when watching the opening ceremony. India has so much talent, so much culture, so much history, arguably more than any other country in this world.

Also, well done to all those Indian athletes that have been winning gold, silver and bronze medals and all those that participated. You guys are doing great! :)

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Posted on: 05 October 2010 at 3:06pm
@sheronia - ur comment really made me smile =)

@sjain - BINGO! exactly what thought! since they weren't asked to come participate and entertaine the audience (read: get paid obscene amounts of cash) they didn't think it was necessary to fly down for an evening and attend the show... so much for national spirit and blah!

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Posted on: 05 October 2010 at 2:29pm
yup saw it , it was amazing! :)

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Posted on: 05 October 2010 at 1:09pm
CWG's opening was mindblowing....i saw it live n i know it...whoa!!the crowd n the way this event went on was was great fun....
Thunms up to CWG..

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Posted on: 05 October 2010 at 8:38am
I am glad that B-wood wasn't asked to perform. Serves them right, lollzzz.

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