Renowned Singer Sonu Nigam has kept us mesmerized with his songs that are not only soothing to the ears but also intoxicating at the same time. There is no match to the singer’s brilliant voice and there is definitely no doubt in that. One of the most versatile singers in the industry, Sonu Nigam has been regarded as ‘Modern Rafi’ by his fans and well we agree to them. Being a singer who can sing in various dialects, the award-winning singer has become of the highest paid singers in the industry.
But with the increase in his chartbuster songs, his controversies also increased that made Sonu Nigam talk of the town. Time and again Sonu became infamous for his controversies but for all the wrong reasons. From criticizing the self-proclaimed god-woman Radhe Maa to the Azaan row, we give some of the most controversial events of the birthday boy Sonu Nigam that changed not only his but also our perspectives towards the Indian society.
Have a read at some of the popular Sonu Nigam controversies that changed the way we looked at the singer:
1. Mid-air entertainment fiasco
During his flight from Jodhpur to Mumbai, the singer surprised his fellow passengers by doing an impromptu performance during the flight. He sang two of his most popular songs and the video of his mid-air gig went viral all over the social media. However, this event resulted in controversy for Sonu Nigam since his used the flight’s announcement system causing a nuisance for the in-flight team. Apparently, the airline released a statement suspending the cabin crew on-duty during that flight for letting the singer use the system. Well, it seems like that the singer has to pay a hefty price for his impromptu performance for his fans on the flight because according to media reports, they were the one who asked him to sing in the first place.
Watch the video of Sonu Nigam singing in the flight here:
2. Clash with Karan Johar for ‘irresponsible remarks’ against Mohd Rafi
In spite of the fact that Sonu Nigam and Karan Johar have been friends for years, the singer didn’t think twice before taking a dig at Karan Johar for use of inappropriate remarks against the veteran singer Mohammad Rafi in his film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’. This incident caused such a huge outcry by the Rafi fanatics that Karan Johar had to issue a press release to mask his mistake after Sonu slammed Karan Johar by saying “If you can listen to the same joke about your parents then we are wrong. If your blood boils that how can someone say something like this about my parents, then hum sahi hain beta”. Incidentally, the singer was trying to protect the respect of another singer whom he thinks of an as ideal!
3. Intolerance debate
In 2015, when actor Aamir Khan invited controversy for himself after he expressed his fears about living in India, Sonu Nigam supported the actor as he took a share of his hatred. Well, Aamir Khan opened up about wife Kiran Rao’s suggestion of moving out of India, he faced massive criticism from the Indian citizens. While Aamir Khan was receiving the flak, Sonu Nigam put his opinion forward saying that everyone has the right to an opinion. Evidently, this statement created yet another unexpected controversy for the singer after he faced a lot of backlash from the netizens for supporting Aamir. Indeed, it is wrong to put your opinion forward in a country like India which is considered as the largest democracy in the world. Sonu Nigam became the favorite child of controversies for just putting his point-of-view.
4. Radhe Maa controversy
The self-made god-woman Radhe Maa has been in the news for quite many allegations including dowry harassment and even the way she wore her dresses. Well amidst the allegations, the self-styled god-woman received support from singer Sonu Nigam that took the social media by storm. Moreover, he invited the wrath of the Twitterati for comparing Radhe Maa to Goddess Kali. Later, multiple police complaints were filed against the singer for allegedly ‘hurting religious sentiments of a section of the people’. Afterwards, he took it to his Twitter account to justify his support for the self-proclaimed Radhe Maa.
5. Azaan Row
This is probably one of the most debatable Sonu Nigam controversies. The singer courted a dispute when he posted a 2-minute video in which azaan can be heard with the caption “God bless everyone. 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?” While the singer was trying to address the problem of noise pollution and wanted a ban on loudspeakers, he got framed in a religious debate for seemingly disrespecting the Muslim community. Also, he compared the Azaan which is the Muslims’ call for prayer to ‘cacophony’ after which a fatwa was issued against the singer. Apparently, a Maulvi announced a prize of Rs. 10 lakh to whosoever shaves the singer’s head and puts a garland of shoes around his neck. In retaliation, Sonu Nigam got his head shaved and asked the cleric to pay the money. This Azaan row went on for quite a long time that sparked huge problems for the singer.
Nevertheless, the singer finally quit Twitter after facing a lot of backlashes. Sonu Nigam has proved that even after being a celebrity he is a human being first who has an opinion on issues that are of national interests. He might have received uninvited attention for putting his ideologies in front of the masses on various issues, he is still our favorite singer. From romantic songs to sad songs, he is one singer who surely will keep us entertained for the life with his soulful songs that touched our hearts to the core!
Happy Birthday Sonu Nigam! We love you no matter what!