Blog: The Strange Irony Behind the Now Deleted Coldplay-Shah Rukh Khan Dance at the Ambani Wedding
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Blog: The Strange Irony Behind the Now Deleted Coldplay-Shah Rukh Khan Dance at the Ambani Wedding

Coldplay singer Chris Martin performed at the Ambani prewedding bash which also featured Shah Rukh Khan. The video has been strangely deleted from the internet and we wonder if it's because of the lyrics

I must admit I’m a little confused.

I saw the viral video of Shah Rukh Khan dancing at the pre-wedding bash at St. Moritz where everyone who was anyone in India was present. Chris Martin crooned onstage as Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan appeared in the video and began dancing along with others in the group. The video has been removed from most social media platforms (wonder why) but it's etched in my memory.

Chris Martin hugged Shah Rukh Khan who later began waving his hands in the air as Martin sang the song Viva La Vida. Chris Martin singing Viva La Vida at an Ambani wedding bash seems to be a sly joke. Or maybe I’m overimagining it. Here's why.

Let’s look at the lyrics, shall we?

I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning, I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

Is this a commentary on the class divide, Chris Martin? Is it, Chris? I’m asking you because your album, also named Viva La Vida, is all about a king losing his kingdom. It is also said to refer to Frida Kahlo’s painting of the same name. The painting and the song itself, reflect irony and the ups and downs of life. To play that at a wedding bash of one of the world's richest men was a darn wicked move, Coldplay and I’m not sure if I’m impressed or amused.

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes
Listen as the crowd would sing
Now the old king is dead! Long live the king!


A comment on the king makers, the status quo? I am still wondering if anyone who had paid attention to the lyrics of the song knew what he was singing. Did anyone approve the set list for the bash? The power dynamics when you’ve got Mukesh Ambani asking you to sing on his son’s pre-wedding bash, must be quite the tale.

Coldplay left a sweet note on their Instagram praising none other than Shah Rukh Khan. Not for the Ambanis, mind you. But Shah Rukh Khan. 

The rest of the lyrics are no picnic either and definitely not a track that should be played at a pre-wedding bash. Unless it's - as aforementioned - a sly joke. 

One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand
I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
Once you go there was never, never a honest word
And that was when I ruled the world
It was a wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn't believe what I'd become
Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh, who would ever want to be king?
I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Calvary choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world
I hear Jerusalem bells are ringing
Roman Calvary choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
I know Saint Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

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