The controversial Sanjay Leela Bhansali film is not so controversial in the United States.
It seems US audiences are wholeheartedly welcoming Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s new epic drama Padmaavat, as the film has already set the record as the biggest Bollywood opener in North America.
On Saturday, cheerleaders performed a popular song from the movie, Ghoomar, an indication of the popularity of the film.
Cheerleaders of NBA’s Charlotte Hornets performed the song during an NBA game against the Miami Heat.
The 90-second performance during the halftime by the cheerleaders stunned the crowd. With the dancers dressed in lilac “ghagra cholis,” the dance was well choreographed.
NBA India uploaded the video of the performance on its Facebook and Twitter pages on Tuesday. The Facebook post has already garnered 1.1 million views.
“Revisit the mesmerizing moment when the sights and sounds of Ghoomar from Padmaavat took over the NBA!” the caption for the Facebook post read.
NBA is now frequently organizing Bollywood song performances during the halftime shows. It was part of their “Bollywood Heritage nights” celebration which intends to promote the game in India. The celebration earlier witnessed mesmerizing performances by Indian bhangra dance groups, including the California-based Bhangra Empire and a group of students who danced to the Saahore song from the film Baahubali.
Watch the video here:
— NBAIndia (@NBAIndia) January 30, 2018
Incidentally, two Indian states, Rajastan and Gujarat states, have instructed schools not play the song following threats to students for performing Ghommar on stage.
Samajvadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav’s daughter-in-law Aparna Yadav also faced backlash after a video of her dancing to the song in a family function went viral. But in the United States the situation is different.