It happened when Coldplay came to India. Now it's happening again, as another international musician -- Justin Bieber, no less -- makes his way to mark his India tour.
With Coldplay, some fans were upset with the Bollywoodisation of the event. Several actors, from Parineeti Chopra to Ayushmann Khuranna headlined the event. Some, like Shraddha Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, and Sonakshi Sinha, also sang at the concert.
It's the same story with Bieber, where Sinha was approached by the organisers to perform. She isn't performing at the event, something she tweeted, after getting into a Twitter feud, but the news in itself was enough to piss a lot of singers off.
Singer Kailash Kher told Miss Kyra, "Whenever any singer from the West comes to India, we get an actor on board to match their level. We don't get singer for another singer, but actor... Event managers and producers of the entertainment industry are so scared. It doesn't give a good message internationally."
Singer Armaan Malik echoed Kher's sentiments which eventually led to him having a verbal spat with Sinha.
— ARMAAN MALIK (@ArmaanMalik22) April 24, 2017
A secure artist wud always encourage another artist to grow their skills and follow their dreams. Art in any form should not be suppressed. https://t.co/hJlm9U6Gk3— NOOR (@sonakshisinha) April 24, 2017
I Agree with u sonakshi.. but I voiced what I felt about how singers are shunned in our country & given lesser importance than actors!! https://t.co/Gnwshe01GP— ARMAAN MALIK (@ArmaanMalik22) April 24, 2017
Finally, Armaan said:
In a series of tweets, singer Sona Mohaputra also made her position clear.
Let's start with some commitment to 'craft' & 'technique' to start with? ART is a big word to throw around here in my 'artistic' opinion. https://t.co/OmHFvYX0QQ— #SonaLIVE (@sonamohapatra) April 24, 2017
Such a slap on the face of music, audiences, fans of music, performing artists, live music, musicians & also on India. Integrity be damned. https://t.co/mkF4G4LusO— #SonaLIVE (@sonamohapatra) April 24, 2017
showing no care for true musicians life time of commitment & cutting the line to pursue your entitled 'dream' be okay dear Sonakshi? C'mon. https://t.co/OmHFvYX0QQ— #SonaLIVE (@sonamohapatra) April 24, 2017
The singer was predictably trolled for taking a stand against a Bollywood star. But she gave it back:
Hahahaha. I'd refuse to 'open' for Justin Bieber even if I was paid truckloads. My music, artistry has no connection to his to start with. https://t.co/LjF1hoaQ0B— #SonaLIVE (@sonamohapatra) April 24, 2017
Paid troll army alert! 🤣 https://t.co/TMufl5xqZ4— #SonaLIVE (@sonamohapatra) April 24, 2017
In between all this, Sonakshi threw a curveball. She said she is 'not performing' at the Bieber concert, information she could've shared earlier, instead of getting into a verbal spat with other singers.
This made Mohapatra even angrier.
Dear Sonakshi,if you weren't 'performing' at the Bieber concert like you now proclaim, then u could have just said so & not talked about (1)— #SonaLIVE (@sonamohapatra) April 25, 2017
your 'art', your 'dreams' & your rights on the live performance stage. Also insulting a composer & live artist who you claimed literally (2)— #SonaLIVE (@sonamohapatra) April 25, 2017
ran after you to 'collaborate' with them. You actually laughed at them & talked down to them, instead of telling the truth? Gracious! 🙏🏽(3)— #SonaLIVE (@sonamohapatra) April 25, 2017
Dear lady, you were condescending to real musicians & singers all through & continue to be with this juvenile 'face saving' post now. SAD. https://t.co/esK5ZLnLob— #SonaLIVE (@sonamohapatra) April 25, 2017
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