This Article is From Apr 19, 2017

Priyanka Chopra Has Been Dragged Into Controversy Over Sonu Nigam's Tweets

Priyanka Chopra Has Been Dragged Into Controversy Over Sonu Nigam's Tweets

Priyanka in New York. Sonu Nigam photographed in Mumbai. (Image courtesy: AFP and sonunigamofficial)


  • An old clip of Priyanka speaking in Bhopal has been going viral
  • Priyanka said listening to the 'azaan' was her favourite part of the day
  • Sonu Nigam's tweets on the 'azaan' have become controversial
New Delhi: While actress Priyanka Chopra is minding her business packing to fly to Mumbai from New York, an old video of her speaking to reporters in Bhopal is going viral. The clip, possibly dating from when the 34-year-old actress filmed Jai Gangaajal in Bhopal, is being invoked in the debate over singer Sonu Nigam's tweets describing being woken by the morning azaan as 'gundagardi.' Priyanka also speaks about the azaan in the video and reveals that her favourite part of the day in Bhopal was listening to the evening call to prayer from several nearby mosques while watching the sunset. The short clip is being circulated on social media and WhatsApp as a contrast to Mr Nigam's posts, which have received both criticism and support. Here's the video of Priyanka Chopra speaking about the azaan:

Priyanka Chopra is the second celebrity to be dragged willy nilly into the controversy after actor Sonu Sood was trolled on Twitter in Sonu Nigam's stead.

Sonu Nigam posted a series of annoyed tweets on Monday morning complaining about being woken by the azaan and railed against 'forced religiousness' and 'gundagardi.' On Tuesday, he tweeted again, making it clear that it was the noise and loudspeaker he was against and not Islam. He denied his tweets were anti-Muslim, as many critics labelled them.

The singer has now gone bald, in response to a fatwa issued against him by a Muslim cleric offering Rs 10 lakhs to anyone who would shave Mr Nigam's hair. After tweeting "Keep your 10 lakhs ready, maulvi," Mr Nigam had his head shaved himself at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

Bollywood has mostly steered away from commenting on Mr Nigam's posts. Actress Richa Chadha tweeted to say he would be misunderstood. Composer Wajid Khan took vocal exception to Sonu Nigam's tweets.

These are Mr Nigam's original posts:

Sonu Nigam has a number of albums to his name and has sung playback for films such as Dil Se, Saathiya and Kal Ho Naa Ho. He recently collaborated with Sachin Tendulkar on the cricket great's musical debut.