The Bollywood debate against nepotism and lobbying has shifted to the music industry when Sonu Nigam blamed some recording labels for not giving proper opportunities to young artists. Although Sonu did not name anyone in his first video, T-series owner Bhushan Kumar tried to bring the Deewana singer in bad limelight. Furious with it, Sonu released another video where he openly blackmailed Bhushan Kumar of releasing a video against him where a model had accused him of sexually harassing her.
This stirred a fire in the industry and in response to Sonu's video, Bhushan's wife Divya Khosla Kumar released her video countering various questions coming up. This has also led to Sona Mohapatra remember her own experience when she accused Anu Malik through the MeToo Movement but Sonu Nigam chose to side with him. She wrote, "Did anyone care that #SonuNigam publicly defended a multiple accused @IndiaMeToo predator Anu Malik & now claims to being in the possession yet suppressing a video with incriminating evidence of another case? Do we really want the industry to get better? #LetsTalk #India
She further wrote, "The Indian music industry has always been a subset, an extension of the film industry hence places too much emphasis on film music mirrors the systemic problems of the film industry too. This has created a chronic lack of variety, quality cultural influence in the recent past. This has led to a myopic, short term view of the overall future of growing the industry because that can only happen by nurturing genuine talent of many hues investing in the stars of tomorrow. Veterans like Sonu could help by being helpful to other upcoming talent too."
"The gatekeepers,tastemakers of the industry would only benefit by adopting more inclusive practices that welcome diversity. The gender disparity itself is telling, there are no more than 8 odd songs in female voices for every 100 released in the mainstream. This, from the industry that spawned titans like Lata Mangeshkar Asha Bhosle is sad?"
Did anyone care that #SonuNigam publicly defended a multiple accused @IndiaMeToo predator Anu Malik now claims to being in the possession yet suppressing a video with incriminating evidence of another case? Do we really want the industry to get better? #LetsTalk#India.