Levitating sadhus, henna tattoos, bathing ghats, men breathing fire, and a bioscope - well yes, that's the new Coldplay video titled Hymn For The Weekend, a perfect example of the West's perception of exotic India which continues well into the 21st century.
In the midst of all this, pop singer Beyonce, who has a tie-up with Coldplay for this number, punctuates Martin's Indian sojourn, as she croons along dressed as a Bollywood actress called Rani.
Sonam Kapoor vanished from the #Coldplay video faster than whisky at a Punjabi wedding— TheFrustratedIndian (@FrustIndian) January 30, 2016
The video is interspersed with stereotypical imagery often associated with India such as children dressed as Lord Shiva and Lord Hanuman, and gaudily dressed puppeteers. Shot in Mumbai, the video also features Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor appearing as a desi belle in a blink-and-miss cameo.
The social media has been abuzz with a lot of clamour about the 'cultural appropriation' and how the West loves to portray India in a certain way. Meanwhile, the curiosity and hype for the video, uploaded on January 29, has already translated into more than a staggering 14 million YouTube views.