Sonu Nigam’s Azaan controversy refuses to end. He recently posted the video of an Azaan on Twitter, days after shaving his head in public over the issue.
Bollywood hero Saif Ali Khan was asked about the Azaan controversy in an interview to Indian Express. He said, “Don’t know who you are offending. At one level I agree, the lesser sound the better, there should be certain decibel levels allowed across religious practices. I also understand the amplification of the sound during azaan comes from insecurity. Not just here but also in Israel apparently where three different religions co-exist.”
Saif Ali Khan went on to add, “It’s been written about so I believe it’s the same. As a minority, you would like to make your presence felt and hopefully accepted. If someone says that it should be extinguished, it will make some people little uncomfortable. As a precursor to some sort of holocaust, it’s the first thing you think of. There’s a bit of fear there. It’s fine to express your views on the decibel levels. I think that tweet was a bit aggressive though, initially. And I do think religion should be a private affair and we should be a secular country.”
Asked about the Azaan controversy, Javed Akhtar was quoted as saying in a PTI report, “I think be it a masjid, mandir, church or gurudwara, whatever is the place, do your prayers, but it shouldn’t disturb anyone else.”
Javed Akhtar was speaking on the sidelines of Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Awards 2017. He received the best poet, lyricist and scriptwriter in Bollywood award.
Kangana Ranaut told PTI on the Azaan controversy, “I can’t speak for anyone but I really love azaan… even when we were shooting in Lucknow I loved the sound of it. I’m speaking for myself. Be it any religious activity, be it any gurudwaras, temples or mosques I love them. I visit all these places. We even go for Christmas mass.”