When you are in a comparatively influential position with a fanbase heterogeneous in nature, every action of yours is keenly looked at and criticized as it has the potential to impact a larger audience. Something identical happened with Pakistan’s singing sensation, Atif Aslam.
Like his every concert where fans are screaming on top of their voices, showering him love and singing along every lyric of his record-breaking songs – this didn’t really go too well for Atif.
During his recent concert as a part of NYC Pakistan Day Parade, Atif sang a song he originally performed as part of his work in India. He sang his iconic ‘Tera Honay Laga Hoon’, which infuriated the audience who perceived it to be inappropriate for an event having great significance for Pakistan. It was also reported by the media sources that people disgruntled and unhappy audience started to leave the concert.
While the Pakistanis were offended over it, it was also rumoured and reported by credible news sources that Atif clearly refused to hold Pakistani flag – perceiving to be a ‘threat’ to his career. People have also asked the government to take notice of this seemingly disrespectful behaviour.
However, the Twitter community is divided over it. While a segment is disappointed in Atif for what he did, some people who were physically present at the concert claim that media is only tarnishing his image. No one left the concert and the crowd, including Pakistanis, Indians and Bengalis really enjoyed the entire performance. They also said that the song was originally sung by Atif and belonged to him – hence calling his song Pakistani or Indian in itself is a vile approach. Here is what the social media community has to say:
So this girl was present their at Atif Aslam's NYC concert and this is what she has to say. All the media channels spreading fake news against Atif, and all the farigh nd hateful awaam questioning Atif's patriotism👉 just go to hell. #AtifAslam #PrideOfPakistan pic.twitter.com/EN3Us5sV95
— عبدالله (@itsabdullah77) August 7, 2018
— Atif Aslam (@magicofatif) August 8, 2018
— Pakistani (@Pakistani09) August 7, 2018
#AtifAslam faced humiliation after singing Indian song in an independence event.
— Zaara Sana (@ZaaraSana) August 7, 2018
As per #sources #AtifAslam sung an #indian song on #JashnEAzadi celebrations #concert at #NY #America. There are also #rumors that he #hesitate holding & waving flag of #Pakistan. If so its very #stupid of him & very bad but let him #clear untill not #guilty Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/fFeijjx3QI
— umar ishaque butt (@capisces) August 7, 2018
I stand in support with @itsaadee for singing his songs at the parade. Music is not Indian or Pakistani. It is just music! Singers r synonymous with their songs which r loved equally by fans from every country. Should have briefed him if they wanted national songs #AtifAslam
— Shafqat Amanat Ali (@ShafqatAmanatA) August 7, 2018
#Atifaslam is the most patriotic guy from pakistan…..Shame on media for trolling this fake news and the people who think that music has boundaries are simply useless…I am proud to be #Aadeez
and i will love him until my last breath💖💖💖
— Âman Karki (@itsaman27) August 7, 2018
— S O H A I B (@Deepthinker250) August 8, 2018
From day one i don't like atif aslam he is very proudy and he thinks that he is the best, no one is like him etc.
Now boycott not only #AtifAslam but also indian content.
I really feel bad to see indian content as our top trends.
This needs to be stop.
— syeda sania naqvi (@sanianaqvi_11) August 7, 2018
#AtifAslam is 'made' in India. That's why he sung Bollywood song. If only Pakistan had resources to make him what he is today, he might have sung 'dil dil Pakistan'.
— Sheikh Zia Aftab (@sheikhzia) August 8, 2018
Except Jal Pari Atif k Sub Albums or Songs India Main Release hoye.
Banda Pakistani hai or Proud Pakistani hai.
SO STOP MAKING FAKE CONTROVERSY.
Ye jo local Reporter Controversy bana rahy hai just request plz stop this.
— Atif Aslam (@magicofatif) August 7, 2018
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