OTTAWA/NEW DELHI: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wardrobe of traditional Indian clothing has been ridiculed by locals, with some accusing him and his family of playing 'fancy dress' during their visit to India.
The tour has been overshadowed by suggestions of a lukewarm reception by the government and a series of photo ops featuring the Trudeau family in coordinated Indian attire that have raised eyebrows in both countries.
The controversy came as the Trudeau family’s ornate traditional Indian attire raised eyebrows, with the prime minister at one point donning formal wear typically worn by bridegrooms.
His choice of clothing has raised eyebrows among Indians on social media, who described the Prime Minister’s attire as “fake and annoying”.
It comes after Mr Trudeau attended a Bollywood gala on Tuesday where he wore gold-embroidered Indian formalwear to meet prominent members of India’s film industry, including revered actor Shah Rukh Khan.
The Bollywood star wore a conservative suit to the meeting, as did most other Indians in attendance.
“FYI we Indians don’t dress like this every day sir, not even in Bollywood,” tweeted Indian politician Omar Abdullah.
Is it just me or is this choreographed cuteness all just a bit much now? Also FYI we Indians don’t dress like this every day sir, not even in Bollywood. pic.twitter.com/xqAqfPnRoZ— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) February 21, 2018
His tweet garnered massive response, as many other Indians agreed with him.
somehow there's always at least one foreigner at Indian weddings taking pictures with all the guests pic.twitter.com/RHN3OI1N2x— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) February 21, 2018
I'm sure Justin Trudeau has now donned traditional Indian dress more times than I have.— Ankit R. (@CereChro) February 22, 2018
Even if Trudeau was an Indian groom at his wedding reception he’d look ridiculously overdressed. https://t.co/1tQWMOEEKt— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) February 21, 2018
Is it just me who's finding Justin Trudeau's fancy dress display fake and annoying?— bhaavna arora (@BhaavnaArora) February 21, 2018
Me too !!! It’s hilarious how hard the poor guy is trying to fit in .— Sunitha Nahar (@SunithaNahar) February 21, 2018
Absolutely correct.. it's horrendous.. looks like cheap 100 rupee rentals of some 3rd grade drama company...— CITIZEN OF INDIA (@19AUG1942) February 22, 2018
There it says it all
Earlier this week, Trudeau rejected suggestions that he had been snubbed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Modi tweeted a welcome to Trudeau late on Thursday, on the eve of a bilateral meeting between the two, six days after the Canadian leader arrived in the country, adding: “I hope PM @JustinTrudeau and his family had a very enjoyable stay so far.”
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