On Saturday evening, 19th November, at the MMRDA (Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority) grounds, Mumbai, the Brit Rock prodigy Chris Martin wins over a nation of cacophony with an enigmatic performance providing the audience a much-needed distraction from the ongoing clamour of the currency crisis.
The long anticipated Coldplay concert faced controversy since it was first announced, be it over the entertainment tax waiver or the rental concession of the MMRDA grounds or even the issue of serving alcohol on the grounds. The celebrated brit-rock singer Chris Martin is in the country as part of the Global Citizen India initiative 2016.
In spite of all the charitable claims of Global Citizen festival, of working in the fields of education, sanitation, and minimisation of poverty, stimulating popularity for the event was the alluring ‘once in a lifetime’ experience of a Coldplay concert in India, that ravished the open hearted who were lucky enough to get the high-priced tickets.
Coldplay is the most popular contemporary British rock band in all over the world with their unparalleled tracks; Yellow, Fix You, Paradise and Viva La Vida. The craze of the Coldplay in India is quite comparable to India’s Bollywood mania. In such a scenario the concert was the talk of the town among millions of Coldplay fans in India since it was first announced. And it would be an understatement to only say that Coldplay kept its promise. It rocked the entertainment capital of India with its 90-minute high-voltage performance standing alongside all the A-listers of Bollywood. All the movers and the shakers of Indian entertainment industry shook their heads to the tunes of Coldplay. Amitabh Bachchan, A.R. Rahman, Shah Rukh Khan, Freida Pinto, Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha, Parineeti Chopra, Monali Thakur and Arijit Singh, joined the festival and made it an ‘adventure of a lifetime’.
Before the concert even started, social media was flooded with all the backstage pictures of the band with super-celebs of Bollywood. But the most surprising element in the concert was the Prime Minister himself, addressing the nation saying, “I know that I stand between you and Cold Play and so, will make this brief,” Joking about the current currency crisis PM added, “You’ve been smart in asking me to only address gathering and not sing, or else I’m sure you’d be asking money back, that too in Rs 100 notes”. Though it is assuring for a nation to have a Prime Minister with a sense of humour, what is more astonishing is his sense of music. Referring to the problem of cash crunch PM quoted Bob Dylan, saying, “Come mothers and fathers, throughout the land, and don’t criticise, what you can’t understand. Your sons and your daughters, are beyond your command. Your old road is rapidly agin’. Please get out of the new one if you can’t lend your hand, for the times they are a-changin” the PM said.”
The legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar said that, “Coldplay taught me guitar”. He also said that Coldplay love India and it is only fair that we as a country pour all our love and amazement to his band this evening, welcoming Coldplay.
Coldplay entered the stage addressing the nation saying, “Namaste friends, yeh hamari khushkismati hai ki itne khoobsurat desh mein aaye hain!”
Coldplay began the bang in Hindi and that echoed throughout the night. And there goes the initial surprise of patriotism, all the beautiful words especially coming out from the mouth of a blue-blooded British singer, and when that is Chris Martin, it rings a 200-year-old colonial bell. This patriotism reaches to an optimum high when A.R. Rahman makes Chris Martin sing the ever popular ‘Vande Mataram‘. Chris Martin kills us in the show with kindness and buries our ‘desi’ love with a smile with singing the famous Bollywood number ‘Channa Mereya’ next, waving the Indian tricolour.
Chris Martin ends the show in high-octane thanking the Prime Minister for letting them performing in the show and promised the audience a more enthusiastic comeback to India. “Thanks India for all the love and support ” says Chris Martin.