Singer Sonu Nigam recently posted a video talking about the atrocities in the Indian music industry. This was in relation to the uproar in Bollywood surrounding the untimely death by suicide of actor Sushant Singh Rajput.
Sushant Singh Rajput died, an actor died. Tomorrow, you can hear the same about a singer, or a composer, or a lyrics writer. Because the music scenario in our country… there are bigger ‘mafias’ here that in the film industry, unfortunately
He addresses these “music mafias” in his video and asks them to be kind and considerate towards the newcomers and says, “Don’t do this! This is not right…You will be questioned.” Sonu started play-back singing in Bollywood in the 90’s.
Speaking about how difficult it is for the newcomers, he says:
It’s very difficult for the new kids, very difficult… I speak to every one of them. They are troubled that the producer wants to work with them, the director wants to work, even the music composer wants to work with them but the music company will say: ‘This is not our artiste”. I was lucky that I joined (the industry) at a young age, I escaped the clutches. I got out of it. I don’t have any wish to sing for the last 15 years. It’s ok. I am happy in my own world. But I have seen the frustration in the eyes, in the voice, in the words of new singers, new composers, new lyrics writers… tears of blood, sometimes.
He ends the video by saying that he hopes more people don’t die by suicide.