Son­akshi singing with Justin is a ‘wrong mes­sage’: Kailash

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Singer-com­poser Kailash Kher (right) says that the choice of ac­tor Son­akshi Sinha (in­set) for a per­for­mance at pop star Justin Bieber’s first In­dia concert gave out a very wrong mes­sage in­ter­na­tion­ally. An ac­claimed In­dian singer should’ve been cho­sen for this, he feels.

“I read some­where that Cana­dian singer Justin Bieber is com­ing to In­dia, and Son­akshi will per­form at the gig. The news was cute, but quite a lie... They (peo­ple abroad) will think that Son­akshi must be a big singer in In­dia. And then she’ll get concert of­fers from Canada, and then prob­a­bly Son­akshi will laugh them off, say­ing, ‘I am not a singer, but an ac­tor,’” says Kher. Son­akshi does have some mu­si­cal as­so­ci­a­tion, how­ever — she made her de­but as a singer in 2015 with the sin­gle Ishqholic, and has also judged the TV singing con­test In­dian Idol Ju­nior.

Kher says, “When­ever any singer from the West comes to In­dia, we get an ac­tor on board to match their level. We don’t get a singer for an­other singer, but an ac­tor. Event man­agers and pro­duc­ers of the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try are so scared.” He adds, “The or­gan­is­ers don’t con­sider the crowd’s sen­si­bil­i­ties (while de­cid­ing on the acts in a live gig), and only go for a pop­u­lar face. Of­ten ac­tors just come and say, ‘It is nice to be here.’”

Son­akshi is one of the planned open­ing acts at the highly an­tic­i­pated gig, to be held at the DY Patil Sta­dium in Mum­bai on May 10.

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