Sonam Kapoor is unfazed by Coldplay controversy
The Indian actress is grateful for her appearance in 'Hymn for the Weekend,' which is being accused for stereotyping Indian culture
By now, you would have read at least few dozen tweets against Coldplay's new music video for Hymn for the Weekend. The video is under fire for apparent cultural appropriation and the exoticising of Indian culture. Beyoncé, who stars in the video and wears traditional Desi clothing, was also not exempt to criticism.
However, you won't hear Indian actress Sonam Kapoor saying the same thing. Sonam, who is the daughter of famous Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor, makes a brief appearance in Hymn for the Weekend. She is only in a few seconds' worth of footage, but she couldn't be more thrilled to have been featured in it.
"First of all, I am in a Chris Martin video and I am a huge fan of Coldplay," she told Gulf News. "And if somebody told me at 16 that I was going to be in a video, I would go: 'shut up.'"
When she was told by her agent that she'll only get three shots in the video, she said "But I was like 'It's Coldplay, dude. I get VIP access to them forever.'"
Some criticised the Indian-themed video for having more Beyoncé than Sonam, the one Indian star in the video. Others added that using the Holi Festival and the slums as a backdrop to the music video stereotypes Indian culture, which in reality is much more diverse.
i dont even know what to say about this coldplay video except can white rock bands please stop filming holi videos in india, thank you.— ahmed ali akbar (@radbrowndads) January 29, 2016
it's crazy how literally all the india music videos hit all the same beats. holi paint, bollywood, poverty, spirituality. come onnnnnnnnn— ahmed ali akbar (@radbrowndads) January 29, 2016
That Coldplay video treats India so stereotypically I was surprised Russell Brand didn't have a cameo.— Dave Besseling (@davebesseling) January 30, 2016
On the other hand, there are also people who think that the entire situation was blown out of proportion and that the video's depiction of India isn't wrong. It's narrow, but it's not wrong. Some also defended the concept, calling it cultural appreciation.
In totality, India is not just what #Coldplay has shown in their video. But one can't deny that what is shown is also a part of us.— ruchi kokcha (@ruchikokcha) January 30, 2016
Only one thing's for sure: if it was Coldplay's intention to get people talking (a lot) about their music video, it worked.