Mumbai: Being trolled and branded anti-Muslim for his Azaan tweet, Bollywood singer gave it back to the Maulvi who had put Rs 10 lakh reward on Sonu's hair. Poor Maulvi will be poorer by Rs 10 lakh and Sonu richer by Rs 10 lakh!
Sonu had responded to Maulvi with: "Today at 2pm, Aalim will come to my place and shave my head. Keep your 10 lakhs ready Maulvi." He kept his word. On Wednesday, Sonu stunned the nation by shaving off his head, in a bid to give a 'bald' statement to the Kolkata-based Maulvi.
He appeared before the media with a clean-shaven pate, wearing spectacles and smiling away happily even as various Muslim groups and organizations protested and contemplated moving the courts against him. “Azaan is important, not loudspeaker. Arti is important, not loudspeaker,” the Bollywood singer said. It is first time that he has spoken on the issue since the controversy broke out.
Before getting bald, Sonu had this to say to the Maulvi," I’ll shave my head in a while. It’s not a challenge. It’s a request. What are you doing in this country? I am a believer but I don’t think my religion is the best but yours isn’t. I don’t believe in that. You have to fight fanaticism, you can’t be quite.”
Sonu also clarified on his tweet. “Everyone has right to his opinion and I only spoke about loudspeakers. I spoke about a social issue, not any religion. I said it for temples, gurudwaras and mosques, why is it so hard to comprehend?” Sonu told the media.
"When loudspeakers are installed in religious places, it is sort of a declaration that 'this is my religion'. Same goes for people dancing on roads drunk during religious processions. I am against that. I am very secular, I am not right or left wing. I stand in between. Most are right and left wing people but people in the middle are less. I've never had to make a speech like this. I just raised a social topic, not a religious topic," he added.
On Monday, a controversy erupted when Nigam lashed out as "forced religiousness" in India after being woken up the 'azaan' (Muslim calls for prayer) from a mosque near his home.