Coldplay Concert Chris Martin: Global Citizen Fest is a musical extravaganza

Coldplay Concert Chris Martin live update: After a horde of Bollywood A-listers, Chris Martin arrives with his band Coldplay, leaving the audience asking for more.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: November 20, 2016 8:28 am
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Coldplay is all set to perform on Saturday at MMRDA Grounds (Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority). Coldplay’s frontman Chris Martin will be performing a 90-minute gig with his band during the event. The singer is in the country as part of the Global Citizen India initiative 2016.

The Global Citizen Festival is an annual music festival that began in 2012. Chris Martin is the current creative director of the festival. Among Indian celebrities who will be present at the gala are 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.

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Why are people excited? It’s one of the biggest musical events featuring a rock band in India in many many years. Before the main event, pictures of Chris Martin with celebrities and while preparing for the concert are splattered all over social media. The craze for the Coldplay concert amongst Indian fans cannot be explained in words. Coldplay is a British Rock band and has given several memorable songs including Paradise, Viva La Vida and Fix You. The concert is taking place just before the eighth anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attacks and speaks volumes about the spirit of Mumbai — the show must go on.

Chris Martin partied with Bollywood celebrities including Shah Rukh Khan, Sridevi, Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Farhan Akhtar, Shraddha Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Sussanne Khan and many others before the main event. He also met Sachin Tendulkar at a school and interacted with kids.

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At the end, it was a concert worth the wait. Cheers were unstoppable as fans kept asking for more.

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Chris Martin thanks PM Modi for letting them do the concert. Promised to come back to India soon.
The band bowed to the crowd thrice before signing off for the night.

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Chris Martin twirls Indian Tricolor

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Later Chris went on to sing Channa Meraya.. the track from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

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AR Rahman makes Chris Martin sing vande mataram

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Coldplay ends on a high. Performed for more than an hour
” Thanks India for all the love and support ” says Chris Martin.

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Crowd heard cheering ‘Coldplay’ ‘Coldplay’ when Chris Martin pauses to catch his breath.

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Chris Martin spotted singing Hymn For The Weekend with tri colour flag kept inside his pocket.

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Coldplay sings the popular enchanting song ‘Fix You’

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Coldplay sings “Hymn for the Weekend” as the audience sways to its tunes.

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It is surely a high-octane event with no time to breathe!

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Chris Martin steals the show with back-to-back numbers.

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Coldplay leaves the audience asking for more.

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“Come up to meet you, tell you I’m sorry. You don’t know how lovely you are…”

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Coldplay began their stage outing in Hindi!

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“Namaste friends, yeh hamari khushkismati hai ki itne khoobsurat desh mein aaye hain”, Coldplay said.

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COLDPLAY arrives!

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“Coldplay taught me guitar”, said Sachin Tendulkar.

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Cricketing legend Sachin tendulkar also came on the stage. He said, “Coldplay loves India and it is only appropriate that we show our love to his band.”

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“Hello my young friends. I see you are having a good time. I’m stand between you and Coldplay. My schedule didn’t permit me to come. But I couldn’t miss out on the first time this is happening. Many of you have texted with me on my mobile app. I look for your suggestions. I look forward to be with young people. I can feel it. This is a welcome break”, said PM Modi.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi also comes and speaks to the crowd.

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The Vamps perform on the stage too. And they are pretty good!

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Ranveer also shook a leg on songs from Bajirao Mastani.

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Actor Ranveer Singh shows his Befikre side, as he dances to the film’s songs.

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AR Rahman performed a melodious instrumental piece.

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Actor Vidya Balan thanked her producer husband Sidharth Roy Kapur for introducing Coldplay in her life “Thanks to Siddharth, I have become a fan of Coldplay”, she said.

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Vivek Oberoi said, “I expected Chris Martin to be snobby but he was cool”.

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SRK further lauded Rahman’s work. His sheer presence on the stage left the audience berserk and crazy.

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While introducing music maestro AR Rahman, SRK said, “I wouldn’t be what I am if it were not for Rahman’s Chaiyya Chaiyya.”

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Superstar Shah Rukh Khan makes a scintillating entry on the stage.

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Sonam Kapoor was asked by the media about her rumoured international projects. She said, “I am trying for international projects but haven’t got anything worthwhile yet.”

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Sonakshi thanked her fans for supporting her latest fil Force 2, which released on Friday. “Happy that Force 2 is doing well despite demonetisation”, she said.

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Sonakshi Sinha had a media interaction. She took to some rapping on the camera too. She sang “Love Dose”.

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Vivek Oberoi comes on the stage and speaks on girl education.

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Sonam Kapoor interacts with the media. She says, “I am more excited about the initiative today. Happy that Coldplay is also lending support.”

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Vidya ends her speech by introducing Sarpanch Chandu Patil, the brain behind the Rajgadh movement.

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Vidya added, “The government has been working hard. But the government alone can’t do it. We all need to cooperate. So today, let’s celebrate those people who are working and are participating at the grassroot level, to bring the change.”

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Vidya goes on “Most of us are not aware of what grassroot issues are. So a mindset is important. If films work only on the basis of entertainment, then this nation will progress when we have water hygiene and sanitation.”

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Vidya Balan says, “Most people thought Global Citizen is all about Coldplay. But it is not just that. I am happy to welcome the work of all global citizens. You all know how difficult it is to get water or to go to the loo for many people. 44 percent people don’t have access to water.”

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Vidya Balan comes on stage and puts light on some serious issues with regard to the Global Citizen initiative.

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Both Farhan Akhtar and Amitabh Bachchan sang “Atrangi Yaari” from their film Wazir.

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Amitabh Bachchan returned to the stage in a changed costume.

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While Farhan sang, his Rock On 2 co-star Shraddha Kapoor couldn’t contain her excitement. She seems the most thrilled one in the audience.

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Farhan Akhtar chose his songs from Rock On including “Sindbad The Sailor”. He later even sang “Hawan Karenge”.

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Farhan Akhtar with whom Chris Martin partied, also came to croon some songs.

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Sonam Kapoor arrives in a dark red attire. She spoke about women empowerment.

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Karan Johar comes on the stage too. He says, “Global Citizen is a cause that will inspire the youth of this country.” He ends his speech with “Jai Hind”.

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Amitabh Bachchan comes on the stage and recites a poem in his baritone.

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CEO and founder of the Global Citizen initiative, Hugh Evans said, “PM Modi has led from the front, inspired the youth. PM Modi will do a live broadcast tonight for the Global Citizen.”

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Actor-singer Monali Thakur says, “The only caller tune I have ever had on my mobile is a song of Coldplay. Excited to meet them today.”

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“Our nation has come together to work for a noble cause” – Monali Thakur

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Demi Lovato does some singing too.

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Alia Bhatt introduces American singer Demi Lovato on stage.

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Alia is a stunner in a golden attire.

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Alia Bhatt arrives on stage next. The pretty Bollywood actor has one of the best stage presence.

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The Vamp spoke about working with Farah Khan. “It was great fun meeting Farah Khan. She taught us some cool dance moves”, they said. Farah has teamed up with the band to direct their music video.

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The Vamps also show some dance moves taught to them by Bollywood choreographer Farah Khan.

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Actor Shraddha Kapoor comes on stage to a roaring audience reception. The actor has already impressed her fans with some fabulous singing in films like Ek Villain, Baaghi and the recent release Rock On 2.

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British pop rock band The Vamps were also seen as part of the audience. The said they were happy to experience the Indian culture, and are big fans of music composer duo Vishal-Shekhar.

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After singing the rabble rousing high energetic “Jhoom Barbar Jhoom”, Shankar now switches to “Kal Ho Naa Ho” title track, one of the trio’s best compositions.

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As the concert gains momentum, music composer trio Shankar Ehsaan Loy arrive on stage to a thunderous response. The music maestros begin their performance with the song “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom”.

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Ananya Birla comes on stage, next. The 22-year-old Birla daughter shows off her moves with utmost confidence.

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Sonakshi Sinha seems to be in the best mood to rule the stage. She is enjoying her performance to the core, by singing and dancing, all together.

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Sonakshi looks every inch a rockstar from her clothes to her attitude. She sings the rap version of “Har Kisi Ko”.

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Sonakshi Sinha arrives on stage and sings “Har Kisi Ko” from her film Boss. Sonakshi’s latest film Force 2 released on Friday.

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Monali Thakur’s melodious voice left the audience swooning. Monali comes on stage after Arijit and sings her award winning song “Sawaar Loon” from Ranveer Singh and Sonakshi Sinha-starrer Lootera.

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Up next, singer Arijit Singh began the musical journey of the Global Citizen Fest by crooning his latest blockbuster track “Ae Dil hai Mushkil”. The singer has been leading the charts with his superhit songs for a long time now. He was in news earlier this year, due to his spat with Salman Khan and eventually getting dropped from singing Sultan’s “Jag Ghumeya”. The track was ultimately sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

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Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra kickstart the Global Citizen India 2016. The two who acted together in the YRF film Ishaqzaade, took the centre stage and spoke about global issues. They highlighted the need to make the world a better place and advantages of being a proactive global citizen. They asked the people to not just talk, but bring it to action too. Arjun has been busy wrapping up his upcoming film Half Girlfriend. On the other side, Parineeti is handsful with Meri Pyaari Bindu. She was a part of the Dream team tour few months back.