Wish I was from Pakistan, at least would get work in India: Sonu Nigam

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Dec 18, 2018, 05.13 PM(IST)

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Taking a jibe at those who hire Pakistani singers for playback in Bollywood films, singer Sonu Nigam stated that he wished he too, hailed from the other side of the border.

Taking a jibe at those who hire Pakistani singers for playback in Bollywood films, singer Sonu Nigam stated that he wished he too, hailed from the other side of the border.

Having spent over two decades in the industry, the singer has, time and again, called out issues with the status of singers and quality of music. And now, he has made another statement in that direction.

"Sometimes, I feel as if it would have been better if I were from Pakistan. At least I would get offers from India," he said while speaking to a news channel.

He went on to add "Nowadays, singers have to pay music companies for shows. If we don’t shell out the money, they will play songs sung by other singers and highlight them. Then, they will take money from them,"

However, this treatment is only meted out to the Indian singers, Sonu revealed, ''They don’t do the same with Pakistani singers. But then why single only Indian singers out? Atif Aslam is a very close friend of mine. He is never asked to pay to sing at shows, neither is Rahat Fateh Ali Khan," he said.

Sonu blamed this on the increasing number of remixes nowadays. "Earlier, composers, lyricists and singers created a song. Now, music companies have taken over that job," he said.