Diplomats are usually perceived as stuffy folks with stiff upper lips and nuanced views on all matters. Not so the German ambassador to India, Michael Steiner, who has unleashed on the world a Bollywood-style video that sees him cavorting with his wife Eliese Steiner and former foreign minister Salman Khurshid.
The eight-minute video is a remake of the song “Kal Ho Naa Ho” from the 2003 film of the same name that has the envoy, his wife and Khurshid portraying the roles that were played by Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta and Saif Ali Khan.
Complete with cheesy sequences of the two sixty-something men wooing Eliese Steiner in set-ups straight out of a Bollywood movie, the video features the envoy gamely lip-syncing to the lyrics of the hit song.
In a sequence shot at India Gate, Steiner appears in a white outfit similar to the one worn by King Khan in the movie before switching to a stylish sherwani to dance with his saree-clad wife. And there’s even a cameo by activist Madhu Kishwar, who plays Steiner’s mother in a hospital sequence.
The video, directed by Sumit Osmand Shaw of Baanyan Tree Productions, describes itself as a case of “loving Bollywood too much”.