Atif Aslam trolled for singing Indian song at Pakistan Independence Day parade
Pakistani vocalist Atif Aslam has been trolled on social media and also criticised by the country's mainstream media, for singing an Indian song at a Pakistan Independence Day function in New York earlier this month.
Atif Aslam, who has been a singing sensation in Bollywood, and lent his voice for some amazing tracks like 'Tera Hone Laga Hoon' from the 2009 film "Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani", starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif is now facing the wrath of people digitally. Atif's act has prompted many of his fans back home to question his patriotism and also hit out at him.
A Twitter user who uses the handle @sakhwa wrote, "Zero respect for Atif Aslam!"
Another user with @Pakistani09 handle tweeted calling for a boycott of the singer. "Boycott Atif Aslam @itsaadee Ap Ne Dil Tor diya #boycottAtifAslam #AtifAslam." However, many like vocalist
Shafqat Amanat Ali, who has also lent his voice to some Indian songs, defended 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.
Film critic, Omair Alavi said people need to remember that Bollywood films and dramas are shown openly in Pakistan in cinemas 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?," he questioned.
In his defense, the actor shared his feelings on Instagram. Take a look:
Let's wear this today #nevergiveup Simply love my haters ðÂÂÂÂÂÂ 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 Hats off to #aadeez #fans kia baat hai ap sab ki - huge amount of respect for Shafqat Amanat Ali âÂÂÂÂ@armeenakhanofficial #atifaslam Pakistan Zindabad
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