After asking for a ban on the use of loudspeakers at religious places, Sonu Nigam has again made a controversial statement. News18 reports that at the Agenda Aaj Tak summit, the playback singer took a dig at the adoration that Pakistani singers enjoy in India. "Sometimes, I feel as if it would have been better if I were from Pakistan. At least I would get offers from India," he said.
He even went on to criticise the culture of remixes and its implications for singers in the Indian music industry, while comparing the working conditions of Pakistani singers and Indian singers. "Nowadays, singers have to pay music companies for shows. If we don’t shell out the money, they will play songs sung by other singers and highlight them. Then, they will take money from them," he quipped.
He went on to talk about how Atif Aslam, his close friend or Rahat Fateh Ali Khan are not asked to pay to sing at shows.
He also went on to comment on #MeToo and defend Anu Malik saying, “I haven’t had enough opportunity to speak on this subject. I myself am a witness to how power is misused. I said #MeToo ten years ago, when a journalist kept harassing me. He had told a director that if he [the director] worked with me, he [the journalist] would kill himself.” He lamented the lack of proof and added, “How can you ban him? How can you snatch his bread and butter? How can you torture his family?”
"Who has given us the right to be the judiciary of someone else's life?”, he reportedly questioned.
With inputs from India Today.