New Delhi: In a curt reply to singer Sonu Nigam who recently posted a series of barbs against Bhushan Kumar, head of T-series Bollywood, his wife, director, and actor Divya Khosla Kumar has posted a video saying that the singer begged him for protection from gangster Abu Salem over two decades ago, reported NDTV.
Sonu Nigam, in a video, last week had alleged that only two people had a monopoly in the music industry and also targeted Bhushan Kumar, the son of T-Series founder Gulshan Kumar who was shot dead in 1997.
Divya Khosla Kumar on Wednesday posted an Instagram video with a point-by-point reply to Sonu Nigam’s allegations.
Sonu Nigam is thankless:
“When tragedy struck T-Series family after the death of Gulshan Kumar, Sonu Nigam thought the company will sink and so he signed up with an obscure music company. He was thankless, he did not think twice about standing with T-Series in a tough time, didn’t think about supporting Gulshan Kumar ji‘s son Bhushan ji, who was only 18 then,” Divya Khosla Kumar said in the video.
Save me from Abu Salem!
“Rather he started working with another music company, after which the inexperienced Bhushan ji then used to go to him for small help. Sonu Nigam is now using that phase as a leverage today to hit out at T-Series. Sonu Nigam claims Bhushan ji asked him ‘mujhe Abu Salem se bacha lo‘ (save me from Abu Salem). I want to ask something now, Sonu Nigam ji, why would Bhushan ji come to you to save himself from Abu Salem? I want an investigation. Was there a link between Abu Salem and Sonu Nigam? Yes, definitely there was. That’s why Bhushan ji went to him for help. Sonu Nigam himself said in his video that Bhushan ji had come to him for help,” Divya Khosla Kumar said.
Divya Khosla Kumar reacted sharply to the charge. “For the last few days Sonu Nigam has been running a campaign against T-Series and Bhushan Kumar ji. T-Series has helped thousands of creative professionals who are outsiders, not linked to industry, music directors, singers, actors, directors. I have myself given a chance to newcomers. Four of them – Neha Kakkar, Rakul Preet Singh, Himansh Kohli and composer Arko have grown and found success,” the T-Series’ owner’s wife said.
“Sonu Nigam says the industry doesn’t give a right direction to talent. But you’re a legend, I want to ask, you are a big star, how many people have you given a chance till today? You’re a big legend and many people must be coming to you for help, like ‘Sonu ji mere bete ko madad kar dijiye, hume milwa dijiye T-Series mein‘… But you have not even come once saying ‘isko chance dedo, yeh bada talent hai‘, you have never introduced any new talent to the industry, you have never spoken about giving a chance to people,” Divya Khosla Kumar said.
“Let me tell you, Sonu Nigam used to sing at Delhi’s Ram Lila for five rupees. Gulshan Kumar ji spotted him and saw talent, gave him flight ticket, brought him to Bombay, and said, ‘beta I will make you a star’. Now you tell me, Sonu Nigam ji, this was said to you or not? Will you deny it now? Gulshan ji did films with you, took you to great heights, but what did you do?”