Pakistani vocalist Atif Aslam has landed in a fresh controversy and has been trolled on social media by his fellow countrymen for singing a popular Bollywood song at a Pakistan Independence Day function in New York.
Atif lent his solid voice to many Bollywood songs like ‘Tera Hone Laga Hoon’ from the 2009 film “Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani” at the function earlier this month. The performance prompted many of his fans back home to question his patriotism and also hit out at him.
Many criticised the singer for singing a Bollywood song at a Pakistan Independence Day function in New York.
— PTI Lover Karachi (@f4_funny) August 8, 2018
Have heard Atif Aslam refused to hold the Pakistan flag! If true it is shameful indeed! Why wld he do such a senseless act? For commercial purposes? Disgusting! And I really liked his work too. But this act has destroyed it all.#AtifAslam #shameful
— نمرہ احمد (@Nimrah788) August 8, 2018
From day one i don’t like atif aslam he is very proudy and he thinks that he is the best, no one is like him etc.
Now boycott not only #AtifAslam but also indian content.
I really feel bad to see indian content as our top trends.
This needs to be stop.
— syeda sania naqvi (@sanianaqvi_11) August 7, 2018
“I stand in support of Atif Aslam”- Vocalist Shafqat Amanat Ali
However, many like vocalist Shafqat Amanat Ali, who has also lent his voice to some Indian songs, defended Atif. “I stand in support of Atif Aslam for singing his songs at the parade. Music is not Indian or Pakistani. It’s just music. Singers are synonymous with their songs which are loved equally by fans from every country,” Amanat said.
I stand in support with @itsaadee for singing his songs at the parade. Music is not Indian or Pakistani. It is just music! Singers r synonymous with their songs which r loved equally by fans from every country. Should have briefed him if they wanted national songs #AtifAslam
— Shafqat Amanat Ali (@ShafqatAmanatA) August 7, 2018
Film critic Omair Alavi said people need to remember that Bollywood films and dramas are shown openly in Pakistan in cinemas and on television channels as art, film or music has no boundaries. “Don’t Pakistanis go to watch Indian films? Are not Indian dramas a regular on our channels,” he questioned.
Aslam himself replied to the negativity around him with a tweet, sardonically captioned “simply love my haters.”
— Atif Aslam (@itsaadee) August 9, 2018
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