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:
Bande mein hai dum. Jai Ho Sonu Nigam.:) https://t.co/Fcl4wAf8Ht? Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) April 19, 2017
@sonunigam stay strong as you always have been..nothing can take away ur strength n grit..love u my little brother? khushbusundar (@khushsundar) April 19, 2017
Here are some of the tweets supporting Sonu Nigam:
@sonunigam Have always been a fan of your talent..now also your Character- Shiro (@Sofarsoogud) April 19, 2017
Proud of you Bro.
Not everyone applauded. A section of Twitter accused the singer of seeking attention:
Sonu Nigam got himself a summer haircut and lots of attention.- Pooja (@IamP00ja) April 19, 2017
Other gentlemen who've similarly lost their hair do approve, it appears:
Well done Sonu Nigam, we are proud of you ! pic.twitter.com/lN0fy2yh7L- Virender Sahwag (@virendersahwag) April 19, 2017
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:
God bless everyone. I'm not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India- Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 16, 2017
And by the way Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam.. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison?- Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
I don't believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don't follow the religion . Why then..? Honest? True?- Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
Gundagardi hai bus...- Sonu Nigam (@sonunigam) April 17, 2017
Sonu Nigam recently featured on music reality show Indian Idol 9 and also collaborated with Sachin Tendulkar for the cricketer's singing debut.