The second season of PSL kicked off in Dubai last night in all its glory.
From some of our popular singers taking the stage to an impressive display of fireworks, no stone was left unturned to ensure that the opening ceremony was a night to remember.
But while some of the night's line-up had us going 'ooh' and 'aah', some failed to impress. Here's a list of what we loved and didn't at last night's show:
1) The grand fireworks display
This makes it to the top of the list, for obvious reasons, the stylised display and colours lit up the sky in the PSL colours.
In our opinion, the fireworks were possibly the best part of the opening ceremony (sorry Ali, Shaggy and Shahzad!).
Even Bilal Ashraf thought so:
As did the crowd:
In fact, we wanted more -- they ended too soon!
2) The 'flying drummers'
You have to admit, suspended from atop, drumming away wearing 'lit' clothes while the crowd underneath cheers in excitement is quite a feat, not to mention thrilling.
Watching the famed 'Flying Drummers' on telly was exhilarating, we can only wonder how the performance must've been in person.
3) The cultural dance
Though we're all rooting for teams of our respective cities, the cultural dances/songs of each province were a uniting point during the ceremony.
Songs in the four provincial languages were played, as dancers in traditional wear took center stage. The ground was lit with an assortment of lights while men and women danced in unison.
4) Ali Zafar singing the PSL anthem
For his last performance of the night, Ali Zafar changed into his jacket (highly reminiscent of the one he wore on Coke Studio last season) and belted out tunes to the PSL anthem he composed.
During the performance, dancers took over the surrounding stage area clad in white tees and denim and immediately busted out moves, everyone beautifully synchronised.
Here's an up-close video of the dancers on stage:
What didn't work
1) Shaggy's outfit
Layers are en vogue but we couldn't make sense of what Shaggy wore for his performance.
The jacket, the white shirt/kameez/still-figuring-out-what-it-is, the purple knee high boots, the accessories. Our best guess? He wasn't sure whether it'd rain or he'd freeze to death so he decided to wear it all.
2) Ali Zafar promoting his upcoming film at the PSL
We know Ali's Pakistani film debut is around the corner but must one wear a bomber jacket with the film's title screaming on the back to promote their film?
In our humble opinion, it looks tacky and promotional (and not in a good way).
3) Fahad Mustafa screaming 'Dubai'
We get it. The PSL is taking place in Dubai but you needn't advertise 'Dubai' on the microphone after each second. After the first few times, it became tedious and desperate.
4) Length of the opening ceremony
The hour and a half long ceremony started strong and ended on a good parting note, however, the line-up in the middle wasn't as entertaining.
Like we mentioned earlier, the fireworks were the best part of the night and we wish they had run longer than the time allotted to them. Instead of having Shaggy and Shahzad Roy perform, the ceremony could've focused on Ali Zafar performing the PSL anthem, with dancers going all out on the ground ending with the fireworks to call it a night to remember.
Overall, the ceremony was a lavish affair, however a few tweaks here and there could've made it even better.