Popular Pakistani singer, Atif Aslam, who’s a big hit for his Bollywood tracks too has been trolled on social media and also criticized by the country’s mainstream media for singing a popular Bollywood song at a Pakistan Independence Day function in New York.
Atif, who has lent his voice to many Bollywood songs, sang one of his Indian tracks ‘Tera Hone Laga Hoon’from the 2009 film Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif. This left some Atif fans disappointed, stating that he should not have performed Indian songs at a Pakistani parade. The performance prompted many of his fans back home to question his patriotism and also hit out at him. They expressed their disgust over Atif online.
Here’s what a few of them had to say:
Atif responded to all the hate that was being spewed against him by saying that he – loved his haters. He responded to the uproar in a long post, saying that hopefully, things will change in a “Naya” (new) Pakistan.
“Simply love my haters. Bayshak Allah izat denay aur rakhnay wala hai. Sabz jhanda meri pehchan hai or mere fans jantay hain k mein iska ehtaram kerna 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 ko izat dena jaan jayen gae jino ne PAKISTAN ka naam poori duniya mein roshan kia hai .. #change” – Atif Aslam
However, many like vocalist Shafqat Amanat Ali, who has also lent his voice to some Indian songs, supported Atif. “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,” Amanat said.