Actor Haroon Shahid has slammed Pakistani cricketer, Shoaib Akhtar, for allegedly disrespecting the makers of the PSL 6 anthem, ‘Groove Mera’ in a video released on social media.
Akhtar in his YouTube video had trolled the song saying that the makers should at least research the meaning of ‘Groove’. With a smirk on his face, Akhtar said even the singers do not know the meaning of the word groove. The cricketers said that the organizers should be ashamed of themselves for making a song like this for an event that will be broadcasted internationally.
A score of social media users agreed with Akhtar but a few disagreed and slammed the actor for mocking the singers.
Really disappointed by the anthem this year. Is this how you're taking PSL brand up? Going down every year. Kon banata hai yeh.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) February 10, 2021
Actors including Haroon Shahid and Adnan Siddiqui bashed Akhtar for trolling the PSL 6 anthem. “Ok I’m not demeaning Shoaib Akhtar but when he talks about aesthetics then let’s talk about the way he commentates in English. Unfortunately, not a sentence goes by with grammatical errors. How dare he insult those young musicians in that manner! Aiday tussi A R Rahman,” wrote Shahid while slamming the cricketer on Twitter.
Least we can do for our artists is respect them. It’s very easy to be keyboard warriors and shred someone’s hard work to pieces. How ungrateful to forget so conveniently all the melodious songs Naseebo Lal has given us. #groovemera doesn’t deserve to be trolled like this🙏🏽
— Adnan Siddiqui (@adnanactor) February 10, 2021
In a series of tweets on Thursday, Shahid explained that he would have defended Akhtar, in the same way, had someone disrespected him in this way. “Enough said on Shoaib Akhtar’s comments on the PSL 6 anthem. The fact is I’d stand behind if someone tried to disrespect him in the same manner. Peace! Let’s hope for a fantastic cricket competition once again. Pakistan Zindabad,” said Shahid in a tweet.
Pakistani celebrities have stepped forward in support of singer Naseebo Lal and Aima Baig amid backlash on social media for the PSL 6 anthem ‘Groove Mera’. Celebrities including Gohar Rasheed, Mehwish Hayat, Meesha Shafi have called out the haters trolling the singers and the makers of the song on social media.
The song features Aima Baig, Naseebo Lal, and rappers Young Stunners. PSL 6’s anthem, ‘Groove Mera’ has been trending atop on social media. The song has failed to woo the PSL fans who had anxiously waited for the sixth edition of the Pakistan Super League which is happening keeping into consideration the COVID-19 restrictions.
Enough said on Shoaib Akhtar's comments on the PSL 6 anthem. The fact is I'd stand behind if someone tried to disrespect him in the same manner. Peace! Let's hope for a fantastic cricket competition once again. Pakistan Zindabad ❤️
— Haroon Shahid (@Haroon_5hahid) February 11, 2021
Ok I'm not demeaning Shoaib Akhtar but when he talks about aesthetics then let's talk about the way he commentates in English. Unfortunately, not a sentence goes by with grammatical errors. How dare he insult those young musicians in that manner! Aiday tussi A R Rahman 🤷🏻♂️
— Haroon Shahid (@Haroon_5hahid) February 10, 2021
Meanwhile, undeterred by the criticism, Naseebo Lal has expressed excitement over singing the PSL 6 anthem. Adding that she wants to sing the national anthem too, one day.
In an interview with Express-News, the singer said, “I never thought it would become so popular and all this success is because of Allah. When the PCB called me, I couldn’t believe it. Because I have never been offered an anthem before,” she confessed.
She added that she was afraid that the song might fail. “I was so afraid people wouldn’t like it but they loved it and I am so grateful,” Lal said she was approached for the song for her pitch and vocals range. “The makers said, ‘Only you can sing in this pitch’ so I did. And God helped me do it.”