Sonu Nigam gets mixed reactions from Bollywood celebrities after his rant against Azaan

Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam surprised everyone when he went on a religious rant yesterday morning. The actor slammed the Muslim practice of calling for prayers – Azaan after her was woken up by the use of loudspeakers. He called this act as forced religiousness and gundagardi (an act of felony). Twitterati slammed the star for his insensitive remarks and many asked him to apologise too. However, the singer did not respond to any of these tweets. And while a majority of people across India did not agree with his views, Bollywood was divided. Sonu Nigam’s rant has got mixed reaction from B-town celebrities.

HT Cafe got in touch with quite a few celebrities yesterday and while a few supported the ace musician, some did not. Talking about the incident, veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt revealed to the daily, “This is an ‘engineered’ affair. I refuse to be part of this silly conflict.” Anupam Kher was also surprised by Nigam’s remarks. However, it was fellow singer, Shaan who came out in support of the star, when he said, “I support what he has tweeted, not because he’s a friend but because he’s right. The law of the land is equal (for) all. Be it Azaan or Hanuman Chalisa chant or any other religious practice, one must see that noise pollution must be curtailed.”

Sona Mohapatra took a neutral stand, when she said, “Any religion or anybody seeking spiritual salvation doesn’t need a plea — be it Muslims singing the azan or Hindus with their bhajans.” However, Baba Sehgal was not impressed by Sonu’s remarks, as he mentioned, “I think that’s [Sonu’s] perspective, but definitely, it’s not a very positive tweet.”

Kailash Kher also added, “Sonu has highlighted an important aspect of our life. Inhoney yeh bahut gehri baat boli hain (He has spoken deep thoughts). We can’t impose religion on anyone. Humanity is the biggest religion.”

Anyway, what do you guys have to say about Sonu Nigam‘s remarks against Azaan? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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