The death of Sushant Singh Rajput has opened a can of worms and the ugly face of Bollywood industry driven by nepotism and the Godfather culture stands exposed, as a result. While the likes of Karan Johar, Salman Khan, Ekta Kapoor, Yash Raj Films are being rightly called out, it has also given singers like Sonu Nigam the courage to come out and talk about the rot inside the Indian music industry which is dominated by few music barons.
Another Bollywood singer who in his heydays lent his voice to hit songs like “Badi Mushkil Hai”, “Mere Khyaloon Ki Malika” and worked with stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Suniel Shetty, Hrithik Roshan Ajay Devgan and music directors like R.D. Burman, Bappi Lahiri, Laxmikant Pyarelal, Anu Malik, Jatin Lalit has also disappeared into oblivion, courtesy the rot of Music Industry, as explained by Sonu Nigam in his vlog.
Abhijeet Bhattacharya, the ace singer who in his prime was the voice of Shah Rukh Khan became the target of music mafias because he chose to stand up to another Khan of the Bollywood to get his due credit.
Former Sa Re Ga Ma Pa judge Abhijeet delivered many hits for SRK that includes Baadshah O Baadshah, Chalte Chalte, Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaaun, Tauba Tumhare Ye Ishaare, Tumhe Jo Maine Dekha and Zara Sa Jhoom Lu Main among others. The last film the two had collaborated on was for Om Shanti Om, which was way back in 2009.
Since then on multiple occasions, Abhijeet has revealed that his downfall was associated with his stance of standing up to Shah Rukh Khan and not singing any songs for him.
Abhijeet mentioned that he was not respected by Shah Rukh Khan and that he was not given the due credit for the songs he sang for the Badshah of Bollywood.
“It was a very small reason I stopped singing for Shah Rukh Khan. In Main Hoon Na, they showed everyone from a spot boy to everyone else, but the singers. My family saw the film and felt betrayed. The same thing happened with Om Shanti Om. Stars sang Dhoom Taana, And here I am… Shah Rukh Khan’s voice! I conveyed my disappointment to Farah Khan and Shah Rukh Khan” Abhijeet Bhattacharya had said in an interview.
Abhijeet Bhattacharya also iterated that when Shah Rukh could make up with Farah Khan, whose husband tweeted rubbish about Khan, then there should have been no problem with a simple man like him.
“I made superstars with my voice. Till the time I sang for Shah Rukh Khan, he was a rock star. When I stopped singing for him – and I stopped singing for him – he came down to Lungi Dance.” Abhijeet had said in an another interview.
Sonu Nigam calling out the Music Mafia’s
Sonu Nigam had mentioned in his vlog about the menace of mafia culture in Bollywood. The vlog titled disturbingly, “You might soon hear about suicides in the music industry” by Sonu Nigam came in the backdrop of Sushant Singh Rajput committing suicide.
“Sushant Singh Rajput died, an actor died. Tomorrow, you can hear the same about a singer, or a composer, or a lyrics writer. Because of the music scenario in our country… there are bigger ‘mafias’ here that in the film industry, unfortunately.” the singer had said in the vlog.
In a consequent vlog, Sonu Nigam started taking names of the mafia’s that had been dominating the Indian music space. Nigam took the name of T-series baron Bhushan Kumar and lashed out at him.
“Now, I need to take Bhushan Kumar’s name. You’ve instigated the wrong person. You forgot that time when you came to my home and pleaded me to do one album for you, pleaded me to introduce you to Subrata Roy, Smita Thackeray, Bal Thackeray… Pleaded me to save you from Abu Salem. Do you remember all this?” Nigam said in his monologue.
When Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s account was blocked by Twitter in 2016, Sonu Nigam had also left the platform in solidarity with his fellow singer.
Surely, Bhattacharya has gone overboard at times with his comments that have been outright insensitive like when he supported Salman Khan for his drink and drive case.
But it should not be used as an excuse to hide the glaring problems of the music industry which pushed a talented singer to the fringes. Using his twitter rants to absolve the biggies of the music industry and the likes of SRK will be an erroneous fault on everybody’s part.
It’s the sad reality of Bollywood that if you do not toe the politically correct line of Bollywood, then it does not matter if you have a great voice or a prodigious acting prowess—you will be ultimately side-lined.