Amitabh Bachchan will sing the National Anthem before the start of the India VS Pakistan World Twenty20 cricket match at the Eden Gardens March 19. Bachchan recently confirmed by retweeting a post in his official Twitter handle. Amitabh Bachchan and Pakistani singer Shafaqat Amanat Ali, will be singing the national anthems of India and Pakistan. They will give this performance at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on March 19 when the arch rivals will clash in the much-anticipated ICC World Twenty20 International match.
T 2175 – This generation shall be the most documented and immortalised of all ages !! ( including this missive ) !! pic.twitter.com/qSWhQqOJl1
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 15, 2016
“Amitabh Bachchan will sing India’s national anthem, while Shafqat Amanat Ali Khan will sing Pakistan’s national anthem,” confirmed an official from the Cricket Association of Bengal.
Much fireworks are expected at this encounter between the two nations, which will take place after a fairly long break. This will however not be the first time the Big B will be paying an ode to the song of the nation. Last year, he released a single, rendering the National Anthem in his inimitable voice, on Republic day. Bachchan also sang the National Anthem in a special music video for Republic Day in 2015. He also sang it at the opening ceremony of the Pro Kabaddi League tournament last year.
The actor, who has been filming Shoojit Sircar’s new project PINK in Delhi, will also be seen in the much-hyped TE3N which also features Nawazuddin Siddiqui in a key role. The Qaumi Tarana, Pakistan’s National Anthem, will be sung by Fuzon vocalist Shafqat Amanat Ali, who regularly sings for Bollywood films ever since delivering a superhit with Mitwa from the Shah Rukh Khan film Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna.
India and Pakistan clash on March 19 at the Eden Gardens after the match was shifted to Kolkata from Dharamshala due to security reasons. As always, the match between traditional rivals is the most awaited match of the tournament, with Pakistan hoping to avenge their recent Asia Cup team against the boys in blue.