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Sonu Nigam Shaves Head, 'Bande Mein Hai Dum,' Says Twitter

Sonu Nigam is being applauded on Twitter after shaving his head in defiance of a 'fatwa' issued over his tweets on the azaan

  | April 20, 2017 11:32 IST (New Delhi)
Sonu Nigam

Sonu Nigam photographed at his Mumbai residence

Highlights

  • 'Huge respect for this, Sonu Nigam,' tweeted Ranvir Shorey
  • "Jai Ho, Sonu Nigam," tweeted Anupam Kher
  • While actress Khushboo asked Sonu Nigam to "stay strong"
Singer Sonu Nigam is now bald, having shaved his head in defiance of a 'fatwa' issued by a Muslim cleric who offered Rs 10 lakh as a reward for tonsuring the singer and garlanding with shoes. Mr Nigam has been savaged on social media after complaining of the use of loudspeakers in the azaan or the morning call to prayer on Monday. On Wednesday afternoon, he addressed the press and, with cameras present, had hairstylist Aalim Hakim rid him of his hair. The 42-year-old singer had promised to do this in a tweet on the morning of Wednesday, saying "Keep your 10 lakhs ready maulvi." Keeping his word has earned Sonu Nigam Twitter's respect (barring the trolls and those who promptly turned the occasion into a joke).

Actor Ranvir Shorey tweeted: "Huge respect for this, Sonu Nigam" while veteran actor Anupam Kher wrote: ?Bande mein hai dum." Actress-producer Khushboo also tweeted saying: "Stay strong as you always have been. Nothing can take away your strength and grit." The prevailing sentiment on social media matches theirs. "Bravo, Sonu Nigam shaves his head. Now where is the Maulvi who issued Fatwa of 10 lakhs hiding? Looks like these fatwas are issued for publicity," read a tweet.

This is what Ranvir Shorey, Anupam Kher and Khushboo tweeted:
 
 
 

Here are some of the tweets supporting Sonu Nigam:
 
 
 
 

Not everyone applauded. A section of Twitter accused the singer of seeking attention:
 
 

Other gentlemen who've similarly lost their hair do approve, it appears:
 

Speaking to the press before his haircut, Sonu Nigam said, "Shaving hair is no challenge or negativity, it's a symbolic move - asking, what are you making this country? What are these fatwas?" He also clarified that "Azaan and aarti are important, loudspeakers are not."

On Monday, Sonu Nigam used terms and phrases like "gundagardi" and "forced religiousness" after he tweeted against the use of loudspeakers in mosques, temples and gurudwaras. "I consider myself secular, neither am I right wing or left wing and there are very few people like me, I am actually the minority community," Sonu said on Wednesday afternoon, asking that his tweets not be misinterpreted.

Read Sonu Nigam's tweets from Monday:
 
 
 
 

Sonu Nigam recently featured on music reality show Indian Idol 9 and also collaborated with Sachin Tendulkar for the cricketer's singing debut.

 
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