Pakistani singer-songwriter and actor Atif Aslam remains everyone’s favourite across borders, despite the ongoing rift between the two countries.
But recently, on the occasion of Pakistan’s Independence Day, when the vocalist sang “Tera Hone Laga Hoon” from ‘Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani’ (2009), starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, he was trolled on social media extensively, and was also criticised by Pakistan’s mainstream media.
The singer already faced irk for singing an Indian song at a Pakistan Independence Day function in New York earlier this month, reports DNA India.
However, coming out in his defence, several vocalists, including vocalist Shafqat Amanat Ali, who himself has lent his voice to some Indian songs said, “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.”
Film critic Omair Alavi also spoke shielded Aslam and said that people need to remember that Indian films and dramas are shown openly in Pakistan in theatres 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,” Alavi questioned.
Aslam himself took to Twitter to fire back at his haters, “Simply love my haters Bayshak Allah izzat denay aur rakhnay wala hai Sabz jhanda meri pehchan Bayshak Allah izzat denay aur rakhnay wala hai Sabz jhanda meri pehchan hai or merey fans jantay hain k mein iska ehtaram achi tarah janta hun, Mje bohat khushi aur fakhar hai k meray fans fake propaganda Ka jawab dena achi tarah Jantay hain… I hope NAYE PAKISTAN main un sab logon kou izat dena jaan jayen gae jino ne PAKISTAN ka naam poori duniya mein roshan kia hai.”
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