Singer Sonu Nigam expressed his dissent with the manner in which Indian singers are dealt with in the country while speaking at a summit and said that he often feels that it would have been better had he belonged to Pakistan.
"Sometimes, I feel as if it would have been better if I were from Pakistan. At least I would get offers from India," Sonu said at the Agenda Aaj Tak summit. While addressing the audience, Sonu claimed that singers in India often end up paying music companies to perform at shows but Pakistani singers, on the other hand, do not face the same issue.
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"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. Why single out Indian singers? They don’t do the same with Pakistani singers. Atif Aslam is a very close friend of mine. He is never asked to pay to sing at shows, neither is Rahat Fateh Ali Khan," Sonu claimed.
Atif Aslam has provided vocals to several songs in Hindi films such as Tu Jaane Na (Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahaani), Tere Sang Yaara (Rustom) and Dil Diyan Gallan (Tiger Zinda Hai). So has Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who is celebrated for his songs such as Teri Meri (Bodyguard), Ajj Din Chadheya (Love Aaj Kal) and Jiya Dhadak Dhadak (Kalyug).
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Sonu Nigam is an accomplished singer and is best known for songs such as Deewana Dil (Pardes) and Kal Ho Naa Ho.