I got a chance to hear Abhijeet's absolutely deplorable comments about Atif Aslam on a television reality show. I've always been a fan of Abhijeet's voice but his attitude was something questionable. I guess he is more frustrated by the fact that the songs going out to Atif Aslam should have come his way. How else can you expect something like this-
"It's a shame that you guys (referring to the participants) get nothing and off-tune singers (obvious reference to Atif Aslam) who rely on good music and technology to better their voices have all the good luck. Singing such songs is a disgrace both to me as well as the show."
This, and a little more, was Abhijeet's response when a participant sang Atif's megahit song "O Jaane Jaan." My only regret is the way Abhijeet put it. There are more civilised ways of communicating your frustrations. Himesh did something similar when he said that R D Burman also had a nasal voice. Look where he is now!
If reality shows stoop to such low levels of publicity then the future doesn't look promising.
And Abhijeet is not alone. Sunidhi Chauhan considers Atif to be the most over rated singer and says, "he can't sing." She said it on IBN Live in an interview.
Both Sunidhi and Abhijeet forgot one basic thing - 'why are the people loving him if he can't sing?' For sure you can't enjoy something you don't like. Abhijeet may be a better singer than Atif but that's no reason to say that Atif can't sing! I like his voice and so do many of my friends. Period!