Bollywood playback singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya has come out in support of Indian Idol 12. He attended the singing reality show as a guest last week along with Udit Narayan, praising the talent and calling them “ultimate singers”. Abhijeet also said the recent Indian Idol controversy with Amit Kumar had been blown out of proportion.
Amit Kumar was on the reality show for a special episode on Kishore Kumar last month. While he appeared to be enjoying the episode in front of the camera, after it aired, he shared that he didn’t like the quality of the singing on the show. He also accused the showmakers of asking him to praise any talent.
Abhijeet shared in an interview that no one heard or saw Amit criticizing Indian Idol 12 and that the case was blown out of proportion. “There is no controversy. I spoke to Amit Kumar ji after the incident. First, he didn’t say the statement in front of the camera. It wasn’t video or audio. People trusted what the print media told them. It was blown out of proportion unnecessarily,” he told Peeping Moon.
While Amit Kumar may not have liked the talent in the show, Abhijeet was generous with his praise and said he loved the episode which was a dedication to Udit Narayan and him. He added that since these people show their talent, it can never be called a competition.
The playback singer called the contestants ‘Amitabh Bachchan’ of singing and said, ‘They took me back to the 90s. Every weekend they have to present something new. Each episode has a different theme, songs and they should mold to that. They sing different songs belonging to different genres. It’s very difficult. Yeh log apna talent dikha rahe hai aur aise mein competition ho hi nahi sakta. They are the ultimate singers. Aisa lagta hai ki ek saath 10 Amitabh Bachchan kade kar diye. Kya competition karoge monkey? Aap Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan or Salman Khan ke beech competition kar sakte ho lekin agar sab Bachchan sahab hai toh kya karoge? Ho hi nahi payega.”
Earlier, expelled contestant Anjali Gaikwad also said none of the contestants were offended by Amit Kumar’s comments. “We were not discouraged when Amit Kumar ji said he didn’t like the episode and our singing. It’s his opinion and he was our guest. We must respect him. We respect his opinion and have adopted his suggestions. We have taken note of his suggestions and are working on them. It was his opinion and everyone is allowed to express their opinion. We just tried to improve our singing,” Anjali told ETimes.
However, Indian Idol 12 host Aditya Narayan was seen defending the show and unearthing the legendary singer in his interviews and even in the episode. Judge Himesh Reshammiya, father Udit Narayan and guests Kumar Sanu and Anuradha Paudwal had supported Aditya.