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National Anthem Row: Controversies over Amitabh Bachchan, Shafaqat Amanat Ali


The ICC T20 World Cup was a witness to the India Pak match, where the classic rivals went at it again, this time for an 18-overs-a-side match, giving it their best shot.

Virat Kohli emerges as the man who made the difference. However, after the match there were many social media rumors that gave birth to major controversies surrounding the two men who sang their countries’ national anthems before the event, Amitabh Bachchan for India and Shafaqat Amanat Ali for Pakistan.

National Anthem Row Controversies over Amitabh Bachchan, Shafaqat Amanat Ali

Initially after the match ended, there were various rumors in social media that said that Amitabh Bachchan had taken a sum of Rs.

4 Crores from the Cricket Association of Bengal to perform at the event. People ridiculed him as a fake patriot and a sellout, and whatnot for a few good hours after Sourav Ganguly broke the news saying that not only did Amitabh Bachchan NOT take a single rupee for his national anthem performance; he also paid for his hotel, food, and tickets. He was repeatedly asked to do so, but he did not do it.

Ganguly further added that while it was raining in the Eden Gardens, Bachchan still wanted to go out for a rehearsal, hailing how professional the man has been.

Following Ganguly’s comments, the Social Media turned mellow for a while, until another controversy broke out. Delhi Resident Ulhas PR has now filed a complaint against Amitabh Bachchan in the Ashok Nagar police station, accusing Bachchan of delaying the national anthem by 30 seconds, calling it unconstitutional.

“Amitabh Bachchan sang the national anthem in 1 minute 10 seconds while the mandatory time is 52 seconds. One can take two or three seconds more or less while singing the national anthem but Amitabh crossed the mandated time limit,” he told IANS.

He is the same man who filed complaints against Aamir Khan over his intolerance remarks and calling the police ‘thulla’ in the movie PK.

Controversies emerged beyond the border too, as Pakistani singer Shafaqat Amanat Ali was accused of having ‘forgotten’ the national anthem as he sang the ‘Qaumi Tarana’ of the nation.

Ali denied forgetting the anthem and said that it was an audio glitch. “I was getting a delayed sound on my head-phones. It might seem like a small problem, but it’s a big issue from audio point of view. A few channels and newspapers made some wrong headlines as well,” Ali told the media here.