Composer-singer Amaal Malik has come out to defend his brother Armaan Malik, who was embroiled in a spat with actress Sonakshi Sinha on Twitter after reports of her performing at American pop sensation Justin Bieber’s India concert made headlines.
In a long Facebook post, Amaal criticised Sonakshi for unnecessarily “targeting” his brother saying the whole debate started when singer Kailash Kher expressed his views on actors turning singers.
“Armaan Malik only retweeted him (Kailash) saying it’s a sad state and musicians should be given the platform, and he did not tag or personally attack Sonakshi.
“What my mind fails to comprehend is why she is targeting Armaan alone, because obviously it’s easier to call him insecure than calling a senior Hindustani classical singer that,” Amaal wrote.
The ‘Sanam re’ composer added he respected Sonakshi as an artiste but has lost “all of it” now. He also revealed the actress was supposed to sing a track for him in her recently released film “Noor”.
“… There’s nothing wrong in asking for one (a better artiste), we aren’t talking about ourselves. I’m sure we are a country with amazing musical prowess and I repeat, they must get a chance to showcase it on a stage like that,” he said.
Amaal also took pot-shots at Sonakshi’s brother Luv Sinha, who accused him for “stealing tunes”, by calling him “an uncouth idiot trying to get some desperate fame on a social platform”.
Responding to a report that Sonakshi will be performing at Justin Beiber’s concert in Mumbai, Armaan had tweeted, “Agree with @Kailashkher sir! Actors are actors & singers are singers. Leave the stage & mic to us, that’s our playground not yours.”
— ARMAAN MALIK (@ArmaanMalik22) April 24, 2017
To which, Sonakshi had responded targetting Armaan that this was perhaps the reason why the musician had once wanted her to sing for him.
She had said, “And this is definitely not the same tune you were singing when you wanted me to sing for you.”
She had then posted a long message clarifying that there was no truth in the reports of her performance at Justin Beiber’s gig in Mumbai.
She had written, “Firstly, I am not performing at the Bieber concert. It was speculated because I was approached and carried forward by publications and portals even after I stated in various interviews that it’s not happening.
“Secondly, I am an actor who loves music, who loves to perform and who loves to sing. And if anyone has a problem with that, in the wise words of baba Bieber himself… They can go ‘love’ themselves. Over and out.”
(With PTI inputs)