Atif Aslam is a name to reckon with in the music industry. He has been singing in Bollywood for over a decade and has made a significant name for himself globally. So when he was invited to sing at the Independence Day Parade in New York, he decided to sing some of his popular tracks, one of which happened to be Tera Hone Laga Hoon from Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahaani (2009).
However, he was trolled massively by his fans in Pakistan for singing an Indian song. They expressed their disgust over Atif online. Here's what a few of them had to say:
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.#AtifAslam #shameful— نمرہ احمد (@Nimrah788) August 8, 2018
#مشعل_راہ_گانے— syeda sania naqvi (@sanianaqvi_11) August 7, 2018
From day one i don't like atif aslam he is very proudy and he thinks that he is the best, no one is like him etc.
Now boycott not only #AtifAslam but also indian content.
I really feel bad to see indian content as our top trends.
This needs to be stop.
As always, there were some fans who came out in his support as well.
So this girl was present their at Atif Aslam's NYC concert and this is what she has to say. All the media channels spreading fake news against Atif, and all the farigh nd hateful awaam questioning Atif's patriotism👉 just go to hell. #AtifAslam #PrideOfPakistan pic.twitter.com/EN3Us5sV95— عبدالله (@itsabdullah77) August 7, 2018
#AtifAslam Idk what kind of maniacs are criticising Atif for singing an Indian song at an Independence Parade.. I mean in the end he’s the one who sung those song.. art is art and music is music... its not pakistani or indian.. Think Big Pakistanis #AtifAslam https://t.co/BHo2F6Scjq— Ferzeen Ahmad (فرذین احمد) 🇵🇰 (@AhmadFerzeen) August 8, 2018
#Atifaslam is the most patriotic guy from pakistan.....Shame on media for trolling this fake news and the people who think that music has boundaries are simply useless...I am proud to be #Aadeez— Âman Karki (@itsaman27) August 7, 2018
and i will love him until my last breath💖💖💖
It is okay if @itsaadee sings any of his songs in any of his event. Who are we to judge his patriotism? He has sung many songs for Army and Airforce, no one remembers that but yeah of course one song and he becomes anti-Pak. Applause for this mindset 👏🏻#AtifAslam #ProudPakistan— Nayab* (@nayabwanttosay) August 8, 2018
Idk what kind of maniacs are criticising Atif for singing an Indian song at an Independence Parade.. I mean in the end he’s the one who sung those song.. art is art and music is music... its not pakistani or indian.. Think Big Pakistanis #AtifAslam— Laiba Ejaz (@laibaejaz1) August 8, 2018
Negative judgement of patriotism, faith & then portraying it wrong is the most easiest form of propaganda.& sick minds are busy doing it😂😂😁— Hina Wahid (@Hi9aWahid) August 8, 2018
much respect for our superstar @itsaadee
I stand on side of Atif Aslam.#AtifAslam
The whole controversy about asking Pakistani artistes to go back to their country started before the release of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016), when some political parties in India demanded that Fawad Khan's character be omitted from the film. This was in the wake of the unfortunate attacks in Uri.
I stand in support with @itsaadee for singing his songs at the parade. Music is not Indian or Pakistani. It is just music! Singers r synonymous with their songs which r loved equally by fans from every country. Should have briefed him if they wanted national songs #AtifAslam— Shafqat Amanat Ali (@ShafqatAmanatA) August 7, 2018
Since then, filmmakers and musicians have refrained from taking Pakistani actors or singers in their films. The disgust over Atif singing a Bollywood song is also born out of the similar cross-border hatred between the two nations.
Atif took to social media to revert to the trolls a little while later. He even thanked Shafqat Amanat Ali for extending his support to Atif.
Atif wrote, "Let's wear this today #nevergiveup Simply love my haters 😘 Bayshak Allah izat denay aur rakhnay wala hai. Sabz jhanda meri pehchan hai or mere fans jantay hain k mein iska ehtaram kerna 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 ko izat dena jaan jayen gae jino ne PAKISTAN ka naam poori duniya mein roshan kia hai .. #change. Hats off to #aadeez #fans kia baat hai ap sab ki - huge amount of respect for Shafqat Amanat Ali ✌@armeenakhanofficial #atifaslam Pakistan Zindabad (sic)."
Image Source:- Instagram/@atifaslam