Better for his career, that is
Indian singer Sonu Nigam thinks it might have been better if he was from Pakistan. Better for his career, that is.
At the Agenda Aaj Tak summit, he took a jab at the popularity of Pakistani singers in India. “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.
He compared the treatment of Pakistani and Indian singers in Bollywood and said the latter are forced to pay to perform at shows. “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,” he claimed.
But the same isn’t true for Pakistani singers, said Nigam. “Why single out Indian singers? They don’t do the same with Pakistani singers. 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.
He blamed this on a rise in the number of remixes. “Earlier, composers, lyricists and singers created a song. Now, music companies have taken over that job,” he said.