Sonu Nigam sparked controversy last year when he gave two cents on banning loudspeakers in mosques. His rant on Azaan and mosques landed the singer in hot waters after Twitterati slammed his views, while many other celebs came forward to oppose his stance on the matter.
Now, Bollywood’s ace lyricists Javed Akhtar shocked fans with a tweets that openly supports Nigam on his thoughts regarding Azaan.
The lyricist shared on Twitter , “This is to put on record that I totally agree with all those including Sonu Nigam who want that loudspeakers should not be used by the mosques and for that matter by any place of worship in residential areas.”
Last year, the azaan row went on for weeks and even resulted in Nigam shaving his head after a Muslim cleric announced a reward of INR1 million for anyone who will tonsure the singer.
At the time, several Bollywood bigwigs added their voice to the controversy, but this new year, the conversation around the issue seems to have been reprised with Akhtar’s tweet.
Talking to Times Now, Nigam thanked Akhtar on his support.
“Taking a stand with me at this point is perhaps the best time, since I have some issues with my security. Most didn’t take stand for me for their own reasons,” said the Sun Zara singer.
“They can take a stand for Padmaavat, but they couldn’t take a stand for me when I was facing death threats,” added Nigam.
Previously, the singer’s Azaan row went on for months. The singer blew up a controversy when he lashed out at “forced religiousness” in India after being woken up by the Azaan from a mosque near his home.
He was trolled by Muslim community members and organisations with protests and some planning to move to court against him.
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