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At the Agenda Aaj Tak summit, the playback singer took digs at the adoration that singers from Pakistan enjoy in our country. News18 reports, “Sometimes, I feel as if it would have been better if I were from Pakistan. At least I would get offers from India,” says Nigam.
He further criticized the remix culture in the Indian music industry, and said, “Nowadays, singers have to pay music companies for shows. If we don’t shell out the money, they will play songs sung by other singers and highlight them. Then, they will take money from them.” He even spoke about how Atif Aslam, his close friend or even Rahat Fateh Ali Khan are not asked to pay to sing at shows.
Furthermore, he spoke about the #MeToo wave that has hit the industry of late. Nigam said, “I haven’t had enough opportunity to speak on this subject. I myself am a witness to how power is misused. I said #MeToo ten years ago, when a journalist kept harassing me. He had told a director that if he [the director] worked with me, he [the journalist] would kill himself.” He lamented the lack of proof and added, “How can you ban him? How can you snatch his bread and butter? How can you torture his family?”