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Sona Mohapatra slams Sonu Nigam’s comments; you’ve had your moment dear, she says

Singer Sona Mohapatra has slammed Sonu Nigam for his comments in defence of sexual harassment accused, Anu Malik, and his recent statements against Pakistani singers.

bollywood Updated: Dec 19, 2018 17:31 IST
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Singer Sonu Nigam performs at a concert in Kolkata.
Singer Sonu Nigam performs at a concert in Kolkata.(IANS)
         

Sona Mohapatra has slammed her fellow Bollywood singer, Sonu Nigam, over recent comments he made about Pakistani performers and in defence of composer Anu Malik, who was accused of sexual harassment recently.

In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Sona reacted to Sonu’s defence of Anu. “So much sympathy for a millionaire losing work? So much empathy for his privileged family being ‘tortured’?How about the scores of girls & women he tortured? Multiple testimonies not proof enough?” she wrote. Sonu had in an appearance on Ajenda Aaj Tak, “If you say, ‘Anu Malik met me this morning’, that’s fine. You accused him without any proof; let’s accept that too. Had he wanted to say anything, he could have said a lot. But he did not. If I say that you misbehaved with me, you will ask me for proof. But there’s no proof, right? Despite that, people are respecting the accusers, who are tarnishing Anu Malik’s name. But how can you ban him? How can you snatch his bread and butter? How can you torture his family?”

Sona continued that a ‘hundred’ women could attest to Anu’s ‘deplorable behaviour’ and wondered if Sonu wants every girl to carry recording devices on their person.

 

In response to his comments about Pakistani singers - Sonu had said that singers from across the border are taking away jobs that should go to local talent - Sona wrote, “Are Arijeet Singh, Badshah,Vishal Dadlani from Pakistan though?”

 

She continued, “You’ve had your moment under the sun dear. India anoints a new ‘Male Super Star’ every 3/4/5 years without fail. Don’t blame the Pakistani artists. Also do not mix up Art & Music with Politics & Idealogy.”

Sonu on Wednesday clarified his earlier comments in a Facebook post. "My point about being better off being born in Pakistan was about the music companies in India asking Indian singers to pay 40-50 per cent of their concerts remunerations to them, and only then they'll work with those artistes.. but they don't ask the same from the singers from abroad, namely Pakistan," he wrote.

Sona had previously accused singer Kailash Kher of sexual harassment.

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First Published: Dec 19, 2018 17:28 IST