The Global Citizen India Festival 2016, the first ever such concert in India, was held on November 20 at the MMRDA Grounds at the Bandra Kurla Complex in Mumbai, with a crowd of about 90,000 people! The India Chapter of Global Citizen was successful, fronted by British band Coldplay and Chris Martin, Jay Z, Demi Lovato and India’s A R Rahman. The concert saw several Bollywood superstars in attendance, including Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Arjun Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Ranveer Singh, Sonam Kapoor (who was seen in the Coldplay song Hymn for the Weekend in a cameo), Shraddha Kapoor and many more! India’s Hollywood export Freida Pinto was also there. Later at night, Bollywood Badshah Shah Rukh Khan hosted a bash for Coldplay and Chris Martin at his iconic residence in Bandra, Mannat.
And in attendance were some surprising names! Salman Khan, with whom Shah Rukh Khan has finally patched up for good after a love-hate relationship over the years, was spotted at Mannat and partied until 4 am with the guests, say reports. There was again speculation over the friendship of Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan, as he had not made an appearance on Bigg Boss 10 to promote his film Dear Zindagi. The film’s lead star Alia Bhatt was there on Bigg Boss 10 for the Weekend Ka Vaar episode, but Shah Rukh Khan had already made it clear that since it is Alia’s film, he won’t be seen promoting it much. In fact, he has even given interviews for Dear Zindagi to a select few people only. That is so unlike SRK! Coming back to the Coldplay party, it was good to see Shah Rukh Khan invite Salman Khan for the Coldplay party at night on November 20.
Mannat was buzzing with activity and excitement just like when Tim Cook, Chief Executive Officer of Apple, had come visiting Shah Rukh Khan in May 2016! Well, actually he was in India on business, but then meeting the biggest star Shah Rukh Khan is always on the agenda, isn’t it? So, at the party SRK threw for Chris Martin, we spotted leggy lass Deepika Padukone chatting away with the Coldplay frontman, with Freida Pinto sitting by the side. Also spotted entering Mannat were Farhan Akhtar, Sikandar Kher, Shraddha Kapoor and a lot more stars! But the person we were most interested in was someone who stays just round the corner from SRK’s – Salman Khan! Take a look at this special video that shows all the Bollywood celebs at Shah Rukh Khan’s bash for Chris Martin and Coldplay!
By the way, Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan was also in the list of stars to attend the Global Citizen India Festival, but could not do so, as he attended the wedding of wrestler Geeta Phogat. Aamir is playing Geeta’s father Mahavir Phogat in the biopic Dangal that releases on December 23, so it made sense for him to be at the wedding. But B’town partied with Chris Martin a day before the concert and also on November 20. Also see pictures from Chris Martin’s November 19 meet-ups in Bollywood here!
We are now just waiting for Chris Martin to come back to India and sing us a Hymn for the Weekend again!