NEW DELHI: British rock band Coldplay's latest music video has triggered a debate in India over its portrayal of the country with critics accusing its producers of showing stereotypical images of India with Hindu holy men, peacocks and colorful festivals.
Coldplay's song, featuring Beyonce in a guest appearance, was played during the Super Bowl half-time show this weekend.
The four-minute video of "Hymn for the Weekend" shows Coldplay being chased and pelted with color as residents celebrate Holi, the Indian festival of color.
Many Indians say it stereotypes India as the land of holy men and pagan festival rituals.
They say the video ignores changes in India following the economic boom that has changed the face of Indian cities and towns.