The most recent controversy that involves a Bollywood celebrity, is Sonu Nigam’s remark on the azaan. The singer, in a series of inarticulate tweets, had complained against that usage of loudspeakers for the azaan. Adnan Sami was asked to comment on the particular controversy and he was blissfully unaware. “I don’t know what Sonu has said. I was travelling. I have known him for years and he is a very sweet person. Definitely, there has been a misunderstanding,” he said.
It is interesting that without being aware of the controversy, Adnan was understood the intent of the tweet. As Sonu has repeated multiple times, after tweeting, it was about banning the practice of loudspeakers at all religious places and not just mosques. If only our religious police could understand this too. If you are unaware like Adnan, Sonu was disturbed by morning azaan taking place near his home. He took to Twitter to voice his discomfort and wrote in a series of tweets, “God bless everyone. I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India. And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? I don’t believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don’t follow the religion . Why then..? Honest? True? (sic)”
B-town seems to have only two stands on this controversy. Many are choosing to stay silent, while a few are bravely vocal. Saif Ali Khan said in a recent interview that the tweets by Sonu were a little aggressive, but he also agrees that religion should be a private affair. “I also understand the amplification of the sound during azaan comes from insecurity. Not just here but also in Israel apparently where three different religions co-exist. It’s been written about so I believe it’s the same. As a minority, you would like to make your presence felt and hopefully accepted. If someone says that it should be extinguished, it will make some people little uncomfortable. As a precursor to some sort of holocaust, it’s the first thing you think of. There’s a bit of fear there,” the Rangoon actor said.
Kangana Ranaut supported Sonu and said, “I like all the religious activities and I go to every religious places be it mosque, temple, gurudwara or in church. But this is my personal opinion. But It doesn’t mean that what he (Sonu Nigam) has said should not be considered. That’s his opinion and he should be respected for that. I think that’s the idea of bringing it to social media so that it can be discussed.”
Now, we have to see how long this controversy goes on for! Meanwhile Sonu has also tweeted a video of morning azaan taking place to quash reports that pointed out discrepancies in his statement. Like going bald was not enough already!