Sonu Nigam Has Been Banned By Zee Network And His Fans Are Furious

29/04/2015 3:53 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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India's current number one Bollywood playback singer Sonu Nigam performs at during a two city national tour to fans at Durban's International Convention Centre on April, 05 2008.Nigam dubbed as the ' Golden Boy of Indipop' has close to 25 film songs that have been super hits from the hundreds and been number one on the charts internationally.He is an actor, composer, lyricist, singer, a television and celebrity judge for some of the reality shows on television all over the world.He sings in 7 different Indian languages such as Hindi,Tamil,Telugu,Kannada,Bengali,Marathi and Punjabi.He has toured several countries such as the States,United Kingdom,Germany,United Arab Emirates,Australia,Afghanistan,the Carabean and others.He is also set to release an album of 18 songs with the City of Birmingham Orchestra in London in May.He has won close to 30 national and international awards as an artist in the multi billion dollar Bollywood music industry,the largest in the world.AFP PHOTO/RAJESH JANTILAL (Photo credit should read RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Sonu Nigam isn't a name one often associates with controversies on Twitter. But on Wednesday afternoon, an all-out war between the 41-year-old singer and Zee Network launched a hashtag — #IStandWithSonuNigam — which trended at the number 1 position in India.

It all started on Monday, when Nigam posted this tweet.

The video linked to the tweet, published on April 23, contradicts a news report by Zee News, which shows Aam Aadmi Party leader Dr Kumar Vishwas speaking at the infamous rally where Gajender Singh, a poor farmer from Rajasthan, hung himself from a tree nearby.

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The video tweeted out by Nigam purported to show that Zee News had overdubbed a second voice asking 'Latak gaya?' ('Has he been hung/hung himself?') and deliberately misattributed it to Vishwas.

Nigam justified his political stance on the issue in a series of tweets later.

However, one day later, some ominous news surfaced. Noted film trade analyst Komal Nahta tweeted from his personal account that Zee Music company had, for all intents and purposes, black-listed the singer.

Nigam responded to the news with bemusement.

His fans on Twitter have taken this reaction very, very seriously and have offered their full support to the singer.

Music composer and fellow singer Vishal Dadlani also offered his support.

There has, however, been no official response from the Zee Group about the incident or about any decision to drop Nigam from its films.

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