Indian Idol 12 recently aired a Kishore Kumar special episode in which the contestants as well as the judges performed the evergreen numbers of the legendary singer.
Amit Kumar- son of the iconic singer was invited as the chief guest for the episode. Nevertheless, the special episode triggered several controversies and it seems the uproar will continue for some time.
Singer Amit's statement that he was paid for getting paid by the makers for praising the contestants on the show stirred lots of hue and cry. Amit is being trolled by netizens after making such a statement.
After weeks of silence, ace singer Sonu Nigam has finally spoken up, defending Amit as well as the reality show.
On Tuesday, Sonu shared a video on Instagram and Facebook and strongly criticized the media as well as the netizens for trolling legendary singer Kishore Kumar's son Amit Kumar who himself is a singer.
In his video Sonu said, "I have been coming across a controversy since several days, however I remained silent these days. But now it is going overhead and beyond tolerance. When Amit ji came on Indian Idol, it was you all who hyped the matter that the contestants didn't justify Kishore ji's songs and even the judges failed to do so. That's your opinion."
"Undeniably, no one can become Kishore Kumar even though they try their level best. Undoubtedly, every singer has his/her own skills of presenting different songs but everyone can't justify his (Kishore) songs," he added.
"Amit Kumar ji is a very good person. The first thing is he is our Ustad's son and he is a person who has seen this industry much more than us. He has worked with many and since several years. He is a simple and noble person and prefers to remain silent. But, everyone is trying to take undue advantage of his simplicity and silence. Especially, the media. Amit ji has never said that he was forced to praise the contestants. Even Indian Idol is not on the faulty side. There is nothing wrong in asking someone to encourage and boost up willpower of the contestants. So, considering this angle, Indian Idol is not wrong."
"Even Amit Kumar ji didn't do anything wrong, he had said, I had been asked to praise the contestants and so I did it. He meant that, I needed to praise them and not point out any flaws. he might have been asked that the contestants didn't sing well but why you praised them, to which he might have said that 'though I didn't feel good about it, as was asked, I praised to inspire and encourage them.' and he did that," Sonu explained.
He went on to add, "Neither it is Amit Kumar's mistake nor it is Indian Idol's mistake. Some vested interests are behind the raging controversy. They are the real culprits. As presented by the press, Manoj Muntashir sahab also pointed out that Amit Kumar lashed out on the issue, but he didn't."
"At this point of time, I don't want anybody to say anything about Amit Kumar ji. I urge everyone not to say anything about him as he is a very senior artist and deserves respect from everyone," he continued.
"There is nothing new about this controversy as the case has previously popped up targeting the contestants as well as the judges. You know social media is ruthless and why are we all getting into it. Instead of taking blessings from the renowned and senior artists, we are belittling them. I request everyone to leave Amit ji alone."
"Indian Idol is a great platform and the contestants have good talent and are second to none. I have been listening to every contestant. Sometime it happens they can't justify the songs or can't catch the chords. But there is no reason to get discouraged over this."
"I request everyone to stay quite. If a person is being polite and remaining silent that doesn't mean anyone should take undue advantage. He is Kishore Kumar's son, give some respect." he further stated.
After the much-hyped controversy regarding Indian Idol 12, Times of India quoted Amit as saying, “I did what I was told. I was told sabko praise karna hai. I was told jo jaisa bhi gaaye usko uplift karna hai because it's a tribute to Kishore da. I thought it will be a homage to my father. But once there, I just followed what I was asked to do. I had told them to give me portions of the script in advance, but nothing of that sort happened.”
Till date, the singing reality show has made it to the headlines several times. Sometimes it is about the "scripted drama" of some contestants, while sometime it is about the overrated emotional reaction of the judges as well as the contestants. Even the reality show also is in controversy as the winners of different seasons who became widely popular across the country are still struggling to create an identity as playback singers.