Salman Khan was apparently the reason behind the singer's ouster from Sultan.
The Salman Khan - Arijit Singh spat is an old and known tale by now. It all came to light when Arijit Singh had publicly apologised to Salman Khan on Facebook and 'begged' him to not remove his song from Sultan. He removed the post later, but not before everyone had picked up the story.
The said song was the popular Jag Ghoomeya which was later sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, with a version sung by Salman Khan as well. During that time, many people supported Arijit, while others castigated him for going down so low as to apologise for this. Salman Khan, however, never spoke about this matters, apart from a few slight digs.
The matter was touched again during a recent interview of Arijit Singh by BT, where he was asked about the controversy. He said, "I am a big fan of all actors and especially Salman Khan. Now if something has happened, and I have apologised too, then what more can I do to salvage this? I have said sorry , but it does not mean that uss baat ko tum kheechte hi chale jao. I did not sing the song in his film and it does not make a difference to him or me. I understand that he is angry and it is natural. I tried a lot to make Salman Khan understand that I can never disrespect him. But that does not mean I will continue apologising all the time. I have said sorry once and now the chapter is closed."
He, though, still defends what he had written in the post. "Whatever I said in that post on social media was something that was heartfelt and I meant every single word of it. There was no doubt in that. But that does not mean I will now be more cautious in what I do or say . I am a simple man who comes from a village and villagers like us speak our mind. Now, in the process, if unknowingly my words came across as disrespectful or insulting, then I am deeply sorry. I don't want to hurt anyone," he said.
He, however had no issue with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan singing his song, as he respects the Pakistani legend very much. On this, he said with a twinge of regret, "It is important that the best voice is chosen for the number. I am a Rahat Fateh Ali Khan fan and I am not just saying this for the sake of it. But somewhere, I do feel that they should have let me sing at least one version of the song."
However, he already has backup plans made, if in future some other star drops him out of a film. He continued, "I am still working and the controversy has not affected my work. God forbid, if I don't get to sing songs tomorrow, I will become a music producer."
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