Nationalist Congress Party spokesperson Nawab Malik has accused Coldplay frontman Chris Martin of disrespecting the national flag during the band’s performance on Saturday in Mumbai. The former minister has demanded an apology from the singer for “hurting the sentiments of Indians”.
Malik said, “There is a video grab from Coldplay’s concert in Mumbai, where the band’s lead singer is seen insulting the Indian flag.” The singer was seen performing with the Indian flag half tucked in to the back pocket of his pants. The concert had Bollywood A-listers, Industrialists and several politicians from BJP in attendance.
The band, lead by its frontman Chris Martin, ended the Global Citizen Festival India concert on a high note last evening by singing ‘Vande Mataram’ with music maestro A R Rahman and also waved the national flag.
The band performed several memorable songs, including ‘Paradise’, ‘Viva La Vida’, ‘Yellow’, ‘Fix You’, for over an hour at the MMRDA grounds.
Several Bollywood celebrities and some international artists also shared the stage.
Among the celebrities present at the gala were Amitabh Bachchan, Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha, Parineeti Chopra, Monali Thakur, Arijit Singh, Arjun Rampal, Suzanne Khan as well as Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was earlier supposed to attend the event, could not make it. He, however, joined via a video link that was beamed live.
The festival, launched in 2012, partners with Global Poverty Project, a movement aiming to end extreme poverty by 2030.
The event had ran into controversy after NCP criticised the BJP-led state government for providing concessions for the festival, and said that it had been planned by the ruling party to woo voters for next year’s BMC polls.