Meet Chris Martin, a 30-year-old stand-up comedian who hails from Britain and also happens to share his name with the lead singer of Coldplay. And thanks to the band’s performance on Sunday at the Global Citizen Festival in Mumbai, this Chris gained over 1,000 Indian followers on Twitter.
Chris, who probably isn’t a stranger to the mistake, clarified the matter, tweeting, “To the 500 Indian followers I gained in the last day, I’m not in Coldplay. I’m sure Chris was great in Mumbai, but I can’t pass on the message.” After crossing the 1,000 mark, he added, “Now got a 1000 more followers, but compared to Indian population that’s only 0.00000000000000000000000000000000000.1% of you.”
In an attempt to stop such misunderstandings in the future, he changed his bio on his account, writing, “NOT IN COLDPLAY. Currently HUGE in India.” And just in case someone missed that, he also changed profile photo, which now features the comedian holding a sign with the words – Not in Coldplay.
He didn’t just stop there. Chris then tried to use his new-found fame to get tickets for a cricket match. “Let’s take advantage: can any of my new Indian followers hook me up with tickets to the next cricket test match please?” he wrote, and then even reached out to Sachin Tendulkar with, “Hi @sachin_rt as we’re now great mates and I’ve got loads of new Indian fans. You got any tickets for the next test going?” He even decided to promote his act with his Indian ‘fans’, as he wrote, “Might as well cash in on this New Indian followers, if I do a comedy show in India, will any of you come?”
Coldplay’s first ever concert in India wasn’t without its own share of controversy as Chris Martin irked some by pulling out the Indian flag from his pocket during the concert. However, the concert went down well with the audience, despite tickets priced at over Rs 1,000, as they sang along with the band’s hits and even Martin’s duet with AR Rahman, when the pair sang the latter’s rendition of Vande Mataram.