Bollywood playback singer Sonu Nigam is back in the headlines after making an appearance on Indian talk show, 'Aap Ki Adalat'.
Few days back, Sonu made a strong comment on morning azaans. His tweet said, "I am not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness stop in India"?
Nigam made several other tweets and held press conferences to make his stand clear. The Rajat Sharma show featuring him was posted on YouTube on May 6.
While Rajat Sharma fired several questions on him for his controversial statement, Sonu remained firm on his stand.
What did he say? Find out.
Sonu Nigam was featured in 'Aap Ki Adalat' hosted by Rajat Sharma where he was questioned for his tweets and allegations that he made on the morning azaans.
He said that since his childhood, loudspeakers have bothered him. He told viewers that when he was in his middle school, the aarti from temples bothered him, later, during his board examinations, the voices from the Gurudwara troubled him. And now, these azaans don't let him sleep.
When Rajat asked, "Who are you to tell the Muslims what they should do with their azaan?" Sonu said he has no authority, but the court has. He further said that millions of people express their views on Twitter and other social media platforms and so did he.
Nigam said he didn't do any of these things to impress political leaders as he was accused of. He said he feels annoyed and thinks that such 'Gundagardi' in the name of religion should be stopped.
He said what he meant was that loudspeakers should not be allowed in mosques and temples. He justified his statement by saying that there are strict orders for concerts and events as they can't be conducted after 10 pm. He said same should be applied at these religious places.
Responding to a question on secularism, Sonu Nigam said he has learned music from reputed 'Ustads' and even his driver, his hairdresser and many of his friends are Muslims. He said he respects all religions.
When the host told Sonu Nigam about the comment made by Mika Singh saying that Sonu should rather change his house, Sonu responded, "Mika? Who?"
He said that he likes to practice singing in the posture in which Namaz is read.
When a Maulvi said that if Sonu shaves his hair, he would give him Rs 10 lakh, Sonu invited press and tweeted that his hairdresser Aalim would come to his home and that Maulvi should be ready with the amount.
When Rajat Sharma asked him about Anupam Kher's comment in which he praised Sonu, Nigam said, "Maybe Anupam likes me because I have also lost my hair."
Awasthi said the court appreciates Sonu Nigam's courage to raise a question that he thinks should be asked. "Sonu Nigam has used his reach and position in a good way to point out the flaws that he observes in the society; which he should continue for the welfare of the people and system," Awasthi remarked.