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Global Citizen Festival 2016 : Thousands Of Indians Followed The Wrong Chris Martin On Twitter And It's Hilarious

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First published: November 22, 2016, 12:23 PM IST | Updated: November 22, 2016
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Global Citizen Festival 2016 : Thousands Of Indians Followed The Wrong Chris Martin On Twitter And It's Hilarious
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On November 19, British rock band Coldplay performed its first concert in India as part of the Global Citizen Festival India 2016, a movement brought to the country by the Global Citizen, a social action platform, and The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF), an organisation focused on cultivating ethical, altruistic leadership to improve the state of the planet through collective action.

The Global Citizen India, which was hosted by the Maharashtra government, aims at fighting extreme poverty in the country and ending it by 2030.

As many as 80,000 young 'global citizens' in Mumbai witnessed the British band Coldplay's frontman Chris Martin singing Vande Mataram with India's music maestro AR Rahman at the Global Citizen Festival India, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi also encouraged youngsters to fight poverty.

Bollywood stars including Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Freida Pinto, Katrina Kaif, Ranveer Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Shraddha Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha and many more joined the event to promote the cause.

And although all the superstars were present on one stage, it was Chris Martin who stole the show with his version of Channa Mereya from Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and his stunning performance. Thousands of his fans too to Twitter to thank, praise him for the amazing gig but there was one glitch.

While social media users thanked Chris Martin for coming to India and performing brilliantly, it was British comedian Chris Martin whose number of followers on the microblogging site increased overnight.

And once he noticed that all his 'new followers' were mostly from India, he tried to apprise the netizens by sending out a clarification. He tweeted, "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 (sic)."

Martin even changed his profile picture, where he can be seen holding a placard which reads, 'not in Coldplay'.

But that didn't work either. The numbers kept increasing from 500 to 1,000 and more.

None of his clarifications worked, and in the end, he gave up and was happy with the thought that he now has a fan following in India. In fact, he even tried to get himself a few deals, asking his new Indian fans to get him tickets for the next cricket test match.

Minutes later, Martin tweeted, "I'm going to book out a theatre in Mumbai. It will have no songs. Just jokes about owls and Dogs. Who's coming?" to test if he would he get a full house if he performed in India.

Now that was smart, wasn't it?

Well, in Coldplay or not, the Global Citizen festival India sure seems to have of advantage to the comedian whose fan following has gone up within a few days.

With inputs from IANS.

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