Singer Sonu Nigam recently courted controversy when he said “it would have been better if I were from Pakistan” while talking about singers in India having to pay music companies for their shows but singers from abroad, including Pakistan, being exempted from the rule.
His statement didn’t go down well with Indian audience, who took to social media platforms to troll the singer.
Nigam on Tuesday took to Facebook to clarify his statement, stating that the media has completely missed the point he was making to make headlines catchy and sensational.
“My point about being better off being born in Pakistan was about the music companies in India asking Indian singers to pay 40-50% of their concerts remunerations to them, and only then they’ll work with those artistes.. but they don’t ask the same from the singers from abroad, namely Pakistan..! This was the important point I made… and these guys…! Changed it to “‘I would have been better off born in Pakistan I’d have work come my way.. ” What do I say. PATHETIC,” Nigam clarified in a Facebook post.
Interestingly, this is not the first time Nigam has found himself at the centre of a controversy. In recent past, he had hit headlines for criticising the use loudspeakers at places of religious importance.
“I’m not a Muslim, and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India?” Nigam had tweeted on April 17, creating an uproar among netizens. Later, a fatwa was also issued against the actor.