Bollywood actor Randeep Hooda has come out in support of singer Sonu Nigam in the Azaan controversy. “If you are so against fanaticism.. the solution does not lie in propagating it in another form .. in my opinion it lies in dousing the fire”, said Randeep Hooda on Twitter this morning. “What @sonunigam meant was against #loudspeakers not against a religion .. anyone doing is against #CivicSense and should be curtailed ..,” he added as a reply to a fan who reposted a tweet by a female who said she could hear an aarti in a room at Taj Udaipur. “Behanjaan can hear aarti from 2.1 km that through sound isolated glass of a star hotel…. she forgot this not 670 A. d.. #lie_Exposed,” said the Twitter user, to whom Randeep Hooda gave the apt reply.
Sonu Nigam had tweeted early morning a few days ago how listening to the Azaan near his home in Mumbai disturbed him. The actor created a buzz among secular Indians who did not like what he said. But there are many celebrities who came out in his support, or at least against the support of the usage of loudspeakers for religious propaganda. Bollywood director Vivek Agnihotri as well as actress Richa Chadha and politician Subramanian Swamy all tweeted in support of Sonu Nigam. Soon after, a fatwa was announced by a so-called maulvi, Syed Sha Atef Ali Al Quaderi, in Kolkata. The person who managed to shave Sonu Nigam’s head, would be rewarded with Rs 10 lakh, the maulvi claimed. (Now we hear that he is not a maulvi himself.)
Sonu Nigam laughed at this and challenged anybody to do it. “Today at 2pm Aalim will come to my place, and shave my head. Keep your 10 lakhs ready Maulavi,” he said on April 19. He called a press conference at his house and shaved his head on live television. He didn’t go completely bald but had a buzz cut. Seeing him do that, more celebrities who may or may not be aligned with the current government have come out in Sonu’s support. Anupam Kher, who supports the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) just like Vivek Agnihotri, said, “Bande mein hai dum. Jai Ho Sonu Nigam.:)”, after Sonu shaved his head.
Vivek Agnihotri this time wrote a long note on Facebook. He had earlier requested Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to look into the matter.
Sonu Nigam had tweeted on April 17, “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”, adding, “And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison?” Sonu Nigam later said that his objection was not just against loudspeakers used at mosques but also at temples and gurudwaras. “I don’t believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don’t follow the religion . Why then..? Honest? True?” He ended his Twitter messages that day, saying using the loudspeaker at religious places amounted to bullying. “Gundagardi hai bus…,” he said.
Meanwhile, most of the public is not interested in Sonu Nigam’s call for a ban on loudspeakers. People are busy making fun of Sonu’s bald look.
Singer Mika Singh, who had had a fallout with Sonu Nigam on Twitter recently, told him to simply change his house if he is so bothered with the Azaan. Makes sense?