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I don’t think Sid’s soul will feel happy if his work is left unreleased: Arko Pravo Mukherjee

Singers Jaan Kumar Sanu, Amit Tandon and actor Shehnaaz Gill faced a lot of trolling after releasing tributes to late actor Sidharth Shukla. A section of Netizens blamed them for using the late actor’s name for fame.

Habit, a song featuring the Sidharth and Shehnaaz (his rumoured girlfriend) was also released post his death and faced criticism for the same reasons. Arko Pravo Mukherjee, who sung the track along with singer Shreya Ghoshal opened up on the controversy and said, “They (who posed opposition) view it as opportunism. If I use any news to create something on it, it seems opportunistic at a certain level, and I agree.”

The composer of hits such as Nazm Nazm and Tere Sang Yaara defended his single Habit. “Almost 50% of this song was done before Sid’s death, and some parts of the video were also shot. I don’t think Sid’s soul, wherever he is, will feel happy that his work is left unreleased. We all would like our work to be released. I don’t see anything wrong with that,” he said.

Saying that has seen instances in the past when people tried to use situations to their advantage Mukherjee said, “There have been events after which some artistes had tried to cash in on that. That I can understand, but in our case, the song was done much before, it was not after Sid’s passing,”

The singer also talked about his upcoming projects and said “During the lockdown, I got into deals with labels for a lot of singles, which were earlier kept for films… now the industry is changing so rapidly, so I decided to not hold those songs anymore. You will hear many interesting songs coming out as singles”.

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