Adnan Sami created waves for his songs ‘Lift Kara De’ (2000) and ‘Tera Chehra’ (2002). His voice was unmistakably heard all throughout, and Sami, who is Pakistani, says that it is unfortunate that Pakistan doesn’t value its artistes.
As according to Pinkvilla, Sami said, “When Indians have embraced Pakistani artistes, why can’t they (Pakistan) come out in support when injustice has been meted out to the people? Pakistan doesn’t value its artistes. I will get trolled for what I have said, but that is the reality. It is unfortunate. Pakistan never valued Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan saab until English songwriter Peter Gabriel started collaborating with him. After that, the country suddenly realized that they have amazing talent. This is the story of a lot of artistes there. The way the Pak government treated me is only testimony to the ill treatment meted out to artistes. There was outrage against me. People were amazed that I applied for citizenship in India. I don’t give a damn about getting trolled. I have earned immense respect and love in India.”
Sami’s Indian citizenship request was approved in 2016.