Sona vs Sona: It gets heated

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Monika Rawal Kukreja

Fol­low­ing a heated ex­change of words on Twitter, ac­tor Son­akshi Sinha (right) has blocked mu­si­cian Sona Mo­ha­p­a­tra (above). The lat­ter shared that screen­shot and tweeted: “Ha­ha­haha! Not that I’d ever fol­lowed this bun­dle of ta­lent, grace and in­tel­li­gence.”

The ori­gin of the row is in the mu­sic fra­ter­nity’s crit­i­cism of Son­akshi be­ing picked as an open­ing act for pop star Justin Bieber’s Mumbai con­cert in May. Sona was among those who said that an ac­tor wasn’t the right choice for a slot that should go to a singer. Sona tells us, “[The trig­ger] was voic­ing my opin­ion that she is un­wor­thy of the plat­form be­ing given to her on a plat­ter by a mar­ket­ing machine. I spoke out and she, in turn, chose to re­spond in this man­ner.”

More­over, Sona adds, “I’ve watched her from the au­di­ence at a mu­sic award show, host­ing [it] last year, stum­bling over ba­sic lines that she was read­ing from a teleprompter, not hav­ing learnt them.”

While sev­eral singers, most no­tably Kailash Kher, have spoken out against ac­tors be­ing picked over singers for big-ticket mu­sic shows, Sona’s com­ments were quite sharp. She tweeted on April 24 that Son­akshi was “cut­ting the line to pur­sue [an] en­ti­tled dream”.

Son­akshi has cut a sin­gle with com­poser Honey Singh, so is it wrong if she wishes to sing in fu­ture, too? “She’s free like any­one else to pur­sue any dream,” replies Sona. “But please don’t as­sume your dream is more valid than any­one else’s be­cause you’re in an in­dus­try that works like an en­larged fam­ily and mostly backs only in­sid­ers.”

Even af­ter Son­akshi stated that she’s not per­form­ing at the said con­cert, Sona tweeted: “You were con­de­scend­ing to real mu­si­cians & singers all through.” When con­tacted for a com­ment, Son­akshi texted us: “I block all trolls.” ■ monika.rawal@htlive.com

PHOTO: SHIVAM SAXENA/HT

PHOTO: SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP

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