Indian singer Sona Mohapatra clarifies why she posted such an outrage post on twitter after she was blocked by actor Sonakshi Sinha from Twitter. Sonakshi was approached to be the part of concert purpose world tour concert in Mumbai, India. To this, many musicians from Indian music industry criticized Sinha, to perform with the pop star Justine Bieber in his concert. The key objection was that the Dabangg lady is not a singer but an actor who is not suitable for the concert in May.
Initially, singer Kailash Kher also criticized the choice of Sonakshi, following him many other singers expressed the same opinion. Afterward, Sonakshi herself confirmed that she was not going to perform at the opening concert of Justin Bieber, to which Mohapatra said, “Dear lady, you were condescending to real musicians & singers all through & continue to be with this juvenile ‘face saving’ post now. SAD.” Singer Armaan Malik got involved in this criticism as well for the choice of Sinha as opening performer at Bieber’s concert.
While talking about, Sonakshi step to block Sona Mohapatra on twitter she said, “[What triggered it] was voicing my opinion that [Sonakshi] is unworthy of the platform (the concert) being given to her on a platter by a marketing machine. It wasn’t on the basis of merit that she was chosen for the slot. Being a musician and performer myself, I spoke out and she, in turn, chose to respond in this manner.”
Mohapatra also shared the live award show experience hosted by Sinha, she further said, “I’ve watched [Sonakshi] from the live audience at a music awards show last year, stumbling over basic lines that she was reading from a teleprompter, not having learned them. A complete contrast to her supremely talented co-host Ayushmann Khurrana, who was delivering his lines with aplomb, speaking, improvising, singing and being charming! When you can’t say [your] lines being an ‘actor’, which should be a basic skill for your job, why try posing as a pop star? TV shows cover up with smart editing and retakes, so we are all conned. Aspire for higher standards in your field? Did you watch her ‘performance’ during the Coldplay concert? Many did and shared their experiences on their timelines. You should check that out to understand my [stance] better.”
Sona Mohapatra slams “cutting the line to pursue your entitled dream”. She also added, “She is free to anyone else to pursue any dream. Please do it honestly and don’t assume your dream is more valid than any other person’s because you are in an industry that works like an enlarged family and mostly backs only insiders and the ones who suck up to you. Win your place under the arc lights on merit. As I said earlier, one or two songs recorded don’t give you an automatic pass to cut the line of worthier artists and acts that deserve the limited platforms and opportunities that a world stage offers,”
Sona tweeted: “Such a slap on the face of music, audiences, fans of music, performing artists, live music, musicians & also in India. Integrity is damned.” Standing by her words, Sona explains, “In the larger scheme of things, a Justin Bieber concert isn’t that significant, but I do believe it sends out the wrong signals. We should have our best talents represent us in every field.”
Why Sona calls Sonakshi’s statement a “juvenile face-saving post”? Sona clarifies “She spent a full day talking condescendingly and patronizingly to the young Amaal (Mallik, singer-composer) and Armaan Malik and let her troll army say nastier things to them. Then having faced a backlash from music fans who caught her bluff, [she] decided to backtrack. The clarification came too late and also ended with more condescending trite lines and emoticons. Why shouldn’t we call it ungracious and juvenile? It was. It is.”
Sona said if Sonakshi wasn’t performing at the opening concert of Bieber, she should say ‘No’ right away. “I have nothing personal against her. I just wish people [would] stop trivializing music as an art form.” Further, “It takes years of perseverance and integrity to become a singer and live performer. Every art form is a universe in itself, and today we aspire to be a jack of all trades and run away from mastery.”
She also tweeted, “I’d refuse to ‘open’ for Justin Bieber even if I was paid truckloads”, Sona elucidates, “I’m not personally fond of his music, so I don’t see why I should conform to popular taste just to fit in with the herd. Also, my music and artistry have a very different soundscape and for me context is everything. Force-fitting myself anywhere for ambition’s sake only is harakiri, to say the least! I have no ill will or malice against him and hope his fans have the night of their lives when he performs in Mumbai.”
Sona suggested two names for Bieber concert, “I gave two names: Armaan Malik and Sanam (the band). They represent the new pop music of India and have worked their way to musical success with hard work. I respect that.” On the other hand, When Sonakshi Sinha asked why she blocked Sona, she responded: “I block all trolls.”
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