Sonu Nigam goes bald after azaan controversy: Top 10 developments

Updated: 20 April, 2017 17:05 IST
  • How it all started
    Sonu Nigam lashed out at 'forced religiousness' in India after being woken up by the azaan (Islamic call to prayer) from a nearby mosque. "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," Sonu Nigam posted on Twitter on April 17
  • Outrage over Sonu Nigam's tweets
    As Sonu Nigam's views went viral, strong reactions poured in from all over India. Under pressure, Sonu Nigam offered to apologise if his controversial tweets were found to be 'anti-Muslim'
  • How Bollywood reacted
    The film industry was left divided over Sonu Nigam's tweets. While celebs like Vivek Agnihotri lent support to the singer, Pooja Bhatt and Mika Singh opposed his views
  • Sonu Nigam lashes out at trolls
    Sonu Nigam took to Twitter to respond after his tweets on azaan sparked outrage on social media. Sonu Nigam tweeted, "Dear everyone. Your stand exposes your own IQ. I stand by my statement that loudspeakers should not be allowed in Mosques & Temples. Period (sic)". Pic/Yogen Shah
  • Complaint filed against Sonu Nigam
    A written complaint was filed against Sonu Nigam in Marathwada's Aurangabad over his tweet criticising the use of loudspeakers for broadcasting sermons and calls to prayers, police said. Pic/PTI
  • Fatwa against Sonu Nigam?
    A fatwa was issued against Sonu Nigam by the Kolkata-based cleric, Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi, over his controversial tweets. The cleric, later, however, denied issuing the fatwa"I wish to state that there was no fatwa issued against Nigam...I reacted to his tweet on azaan. I would like to say that if you (Nigam) need to live in a democratic, secular country like India you have to live with every religion," SyedAl Quaderi, the vice-president of West Bengal Minority United Council. Pic/PTI
  • Sonu Nigam challenges cleric
    Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi had said, "If anyone can shave off his (Sonu Nigam's) hair, put a garland of old torn shoes around his neck and tour him around the country, I personally announce an award of Rs 10 lakh to that person." Sonu Nigam responded with the tweet, "Today at 2 pm, Aalim will come to my place, and shave my head (referring to celeb hairstylist Aalim Hakim). Keep your 10 lakh ready Maulavi (sic)." Pic/PTI
  • Sonu Nigam shaves his head
    In response to the cleric's statement, Sonu Nigam shaved off his head at a press conference held at his residence in Mumbai on April 19. Pic/Yogen Shah
  • What the cleric has to say
    Cleric Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi said Sonu Nigam will get Rs 10 lakh award announced by him only if he fulfils the rest of the conditions. "Today Sonu has shaved off his head. But he still needs to perform two other deeds to get the reward of Rs 10 lakh. I had mentioned a garland of old shoes and that he would have to roam around the entire nation," he said. Pic/Yogen Shah
  • Sonu Nigam's neighbour Shraddha Das has a different story
    'Great Grand Masti' (2016) and 'Dil Toh Baccha Hai Ji' (2010) actress Shraddha Das lives in the vicinity of Sonu Nigam's home at Versova. She took to Facebook to say that she has not faced any noise issues due to the azaan
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Bollywood singer Sonu Nigam accepted a cleric's challenge who announced Rs 10-lakh reward to anyone shaving his head for comments against azaan. Here are top 10 developments you should know

First Published: 20 April, 2017 15:29 IST