After singer Sonu Nigam, singer Adnan Sami also lashed out at the Indian music industry. He called it a mafia controlling the art and music in the industry. The singer opened up about the exploitation of talent in the film and music industry.
Adnan Sami’s opinion about Indian music industry
In an elaborate post on Instagram, Sami wrote “The Indian film and music industry seriously needs a ‘Herculean’ shakeup. Especially in the context of music, new singers, veteran singers, music composers, and music producers – who are being exploited to the hilt! Fall into the dictator you’re out. Why is creativity controlled by those you have no clue about creativity and are trying to play god?”
Adnan Sami also questioned the trend of rehashing old films and songs in Bollywood. Lately, Bollywood has been following the trend of reproducing old films and movies instead of producing new content.
“We have 1.3 billion people in India by the grace of God. Are remakes and remixes all we have to offer? For God’s sake, stop this and allow the truly talented new and veteran artists to breathe and give you creative peace musically and cinematically!” Adnan Sami wrote about Indian music industry.
He called the mafias of film and movie industry authoritarian and arrogant. He added, “Have you, the movie and music mafia who have arrogantly entitled yourselves as the ‘self-professed & self-appointed gods‘ not learned anything from history?”
“Haven’t you learned that you can never control art and the ecosystem of creativity of any field? Enough! Move over, change is here and it’s knocking on your door! Ready or not, it‘s coming in! Brace yourselves!”
“As Abraham Lincoln said – ‘You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time,’” he concluded.
Sonu Nigam thrashes mafias
Indian music industry was struck by appalling claims by Indian singers who slammed the music companies for exploiting the budding artists and singers in the industry through unfair and unjust contracts.
The death of Sushant Singh Rajput stirred debate around nepotism and the exploitation of new actors in the industry. Sonu Nigam carried this debate forward and said that similar circumstances prevail in India’s music industry too. In a shocking video, he said soon people will hear about suicide cases in the music industry too.
“Today, Sushant Singh Rajput has died. An actor has died. Tomorrow you might just hear of a singer, a composer, or a lyricist doing the same because there is a bigger mafia in the music industry than the film industry. I understand that you have to do business, people want to rule the business,” he said.
He said he was lucky to not avoid the mess but the newcomers have to face the unpleasant circumstances.
“I was lucky; I came into this Indian music industry rather early and therefore could get out early and avoid the mess. But for the scores of newcomers, it can be very difficult. I keep talking to them, they all confide in me – they are worried – a producer, director and music composer wants to work with you but music company will say ‘this guy isn’t our artist’,” he said.
He mentioned how power rests in just two companies. “I can understand you wish to control matters, you decide what will play on the radio. Don’t do such things, a curse is a very bad thing. This is not a healthy scenario, that all power rests with two companies; who should sing, who should not,” he said.
Sonu Nigam seeks support for emerging singers
“I have left this world but I have seen the frustration in the eyes of new singers, composers, lyric writers… I have seen them cry miserably, if they die, you too might be questioned. Be a little kinder to the new commoners, please be a little easy on them. ”
Also, he talked about how Salman Khan stopped Arijit Singh from singing a song in his movie. Arijit Singh even had a spat with Salman Khan as he did not allow Arijit Singh to a song in the reported movie, Tiger Zinda Hai.
Following Sonu Nigam and Adnan Sami, other singers are also opening up about their experiences of exploitation in the Indian music industry.