Pakistani singer-songwriter and actor Atif Aslam remains everyone’s favourite across borders, despite the ongoing tiff between the two countries.
But recently, on the occasion of Pakistan’s Independence Day, when the vocalist crooned one of his songs from Bollywood Tera Hone Laga Hoon from the 2009 film Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif, he was trolled on social media extensively, and was also crticised by Pakistan’s mainstream media.
The singer was faced irk for singing an Indian song at a Pakistan Independence Day function in New York earlier this month.
This prompted many of his fans back home to question his patriotism and also hit out at him.
As per #sources #AtifAslam sung an #indian song on #JashnEAzadi celebrations #concert at #NY #America. There are also #rumors that he #hesitate holding & waving flag of #Pakistan. If so its very #stupid of him & very bad but let him #clear untill not #guilty Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/fFeijjx3QI
— umar ishaque butt (@capisces) August 7, 2018
Have heard Atif Aslam refused to hold the Pakistan flag! If true it is shameful indeed! Why wld he do such a senseless act? For commercial purposes? Disgusting! And I really liked his work too. But this act has destroyed it all.
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) August 8, 2018
However, coming out in his defence, several vocalists, including vocalist Shafqat Amanat Ali, who himself has lent his voice to some Indian songs said, “I stand in support of Atif Aslam for singing his songs at the parade. Music is not Indian or Pakistani. It’s just music. Singers are synonymous with their songs which are loved equally by fans from every country.”
Film critic Omair Alavi also spoke shielded Atif and said that people need to remember that Indian films and dramas are shown openly in Pakistan in theatres and on television channels as art, film or music has no boundaries.
“Don’t Pakistanis go to watch Indian films? Are not Indian dramas a regular on our channels,” Omair questioned.
Atif Aslam himself took to Twitter to fire back at his haters, “Simply love my haters Bayshak Allah izzat denay aur rakhnay wala hai Sabz jhanda meri pehchan Bayshak Allah izzat denay aur rakhnay wala hai Sabz jhanda meri pehchan hai or merey fans jantay hain k mein iska ehtaram achi tarah janta hun, Mje bohat khushi aur fakhar hai k meray fans fake propaganda Ka jawab dena achi tarah Jantay hain… I hope NAYE PAKISTAN main un sab logon kou izat dena jaan jayen gae jino ne PAKISTAN ka naam poori duniya mein roshan kia hai.”
— Atif Aslam (@itsaadee) August 9, 2018
Indeed, music flows beyond territories, and artists shouldn’t be trolled and asked to limit their creativity, their piece of art, in any way.