Sonu Nigam azaan row: Pooja Bhatt takes a jibe at the singer, salutes the spirit of India

As Sonu Nigam trended on social media, everyone had a take on the issue including actor-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 18, 2017 10:15 am
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Singer Sonu Nigam got upset after being woken up early in the morning by Azaan and chose to express his anger over “forced religiousness” in India on his social media account. Little did the singer expect that his tweets will give the Twitterati a new topic for debate. As Sonu trended on social media, everyone had a take on the issue including actor-filmmaker Pooja Bhatt. She found the sound of it blissful and wrote on her Twitter handle, “I wake each morning to the sound of church bells & the Azaan in a quiet by-lane of Bandra. I light an aggarbatti & salute the spirit of India.”

Earlier, Sonu started a debate when he wrote, “God bless everyone. I’m not a Muslim and I have to be woken up by the Azaan in the morning. When will this forced religiousness end in India.” Taking his point further and comparing religion with ‘gundagardi’ he wrote, “And by the way, Mohammed did not have electricity when he made Islam. Why do I have to have this cacophony after Edison? I don’t believe in any temple or gurudwara using electricity To wake up people who don’t follow the religion. Why then..? Honest? True? Gundagardi hai bus.”

Also read | Sonu Nigam azaan row: Singer calls religion ‘gundagardi’ after being woken up by azaan, gets slammed on Twitter

Check out Pooja Bhatt’s tweet here: 

See what Sonu Nigam wrote:

Unlike Pooja, filmmaker Vivek Agnihotri supported the singer as he wrote, “I am willing to sponsor a campaign against illegal blaring of Azaan and other prayers on loudspeakers. Suggest a creative hashtag.” He went on to tag Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Fadnavis, to look into the matter. Vivek wrote, “Dear @DevFadnavis pl note and help us force police to act against illegal blaring of Azaan and other such activities.” Filmmaker Apurva Asrani also wanted loudspeakers to be done away with,”Don’t want to hear the Azaan at dawn, nor do I want to hear a Chikni Chameli tuned Ganesh Aarti at dusk. Ban ALL loudspeakering of religion.”

It looks like the ever opinionated netizens are not going to let go of the issue easily. Even after a day of his tweets, the singer is being trolled and is receiving the flak of Twitterati.

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    souto
    Apr 19, 2017 at 11:56 pm
    3 LoudSpeaker Jihad: Clever, psychiatric, psychological warfare by other means. Mppl-Mantra'z are forced, into bodies & brains, of non-Mppl / un-willing listeners. In day: 3 times. Targets ppl 24x7 / mostly@home: new-born, kids, house-wife, aged-dying. At dawn & dusk: 2 times. Targets also office-goers. Mppl-Mantra'z forced, into, non-Mppl'z permanent memory. Old-dying DONOT want to memorize Mppl-Mantra'z. They desire2recall THEIR GOD ONLY, AS THEY@DEATH. Bombarding them with Mppl-Mantra'z, forcefully makes them: lost mental-peace, abort their-dying-wishes; converts dying-ppl to Islam. Links 2 luvJihad: Females hit very bad: EASILY convert Islam, as mind is fully, forced-familiar from birth, with Mppl-Mantra'z by majjid-LS. Clever Mafia-Nexus of Mppl-property-dealers & Mppl-Loud-Speakers: 1. Forced EXODUS of hindu, Christian, sikh, &, to CRASH HOUSE PRICES, &, only Mppl buy near majjid-LS, in DIRT CHEAP, &, create M-ppl-only AREAS. SO, CRORES INDIANS, CONVERTED 2 ISLAM
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      M.F.Khan
      Apr 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm
      It's a matter of fact that devil doesn't like to hear the words of Azaan, so whenever he listens the sound of Azaan, it irritates him and he runs away till no sound of Azaan reaches him. Either you believe it or not, but it is true. For your confirmation you may enquire with any Islamic scholar, either in India or elsewhere in the world. It's not a criticism on someone else's comments, but general information for the general public. If someone doesn't believe, just chek it with a devil affected person. Take him to nearby mosque and observe what happens to him while starts the Azaan. Islam is a universal religion, Allah s.w.t. sent it as a blessing for all human beings, not only for Muslims. Unneccessarily people consider that it's a religion fir Muslims.
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        thiagu ramasamy
        Apr 22, 2017 at 2:43 pm
        Very sure other faiths have their own ways to deal with the devil. Probably, they prefer a peaceful sleep. More importantly, lets respect the decisions made by the courts.
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        G
        Apr 19, 2017 at 4:03 am
        worshipping bshould be private and quite. By using loudspeakers, they are tresp ing my space. SONU NIGAM is 100 right. Puja Bhatt can tolrate noise is good but she should not make Sonu wrong.
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          eur
          Apr 18, 2017 at 11:10 pm
          1 Indian Court-Judges issued Orders, to Ban Loud-speakers. Most complied: temple, churches, etc. But M-ppl openly defy: our Judges-Courts. Qn: why Mppl used LS, in past ? To "announce times" to pray, "shud be" only to Mppl, reason: lack of wrist watches on poor Mppl. But now all have mobile, phones, tv...very easy to know time. Then, why still LS ?? Big Mystery !!! How they ABUSE !! : 1. via Mppl-LS, the Mppl-Mantra'z are, forced deliberately into, hindu, Christian, sikh peoples, newborns, babies, children's, old aged, into their brains, via "ultra-hi-sound" LS !
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            eur
            Apr 18, 2017 at 11:09 pm
            2 2. use of Mppl-LS, is a blackmail, dagger-in-back, way: it "steadily forces", the "EXODUS" of hindus, Christians, sikhs. 2b. See any Mppl-DENSE areas: before only hindu, Christian, sikh lived there. Quietly, Mppl-LS was installed. With 24-hours of Mppl's LS-mantra'z, "house prices CRASHED"! WHY??? NOBODY, INCLUDING YOU THE READERS, WILL BUY-LIVE THERE !! A Clever blackmail ! Only Mppl buy, crores-worth-houses, in dirt-cheap rates. 3. So, Mppl-LS cleverly, psychiatrically converts, AND, mentally NEUTRALIZE, "all listeners", over to Islam... all listeners, babies, new born, old, dying aged, ARE TARGETS of :: a "clever-psychriatric-war", on hindu, Christians, sikhs. 4. Mppl-LS, minarets: banned in all developed world; NOT in ignorant India.
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              euSupr
              Apr 18, 2017 at 11:03 pm
              1 Indian Court-Judges issued Orders, to Ban Loud-speakers. Most complied: temple, churches, etc. But M-ppl openly defy: our Judges-Courts. Qn: why Mppl used LS, in past ? To "announce times" to pray, "shud be" only to Mppl, reason: lack of wrist watches on poor Mppl. But now all have mobile, phones, tv...very easy to know time. Then, why still LS ?? Big Mystery !!! How they ABUSE !! : 1. via Mppl-LS, the Mppl-Mantra'z are, forced deliberately into, hindu, Christian, sikh peoples, newborns, babies, children's, old aged, into their brains, via "ultra-hi-sound" LS !
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                euSupr
                Apr 18, 2017 at 11:02 pm
                2 2. use of Mppl-LS, is a blackmail, dagger-in-back, way: it "steadily forces", the "EXODUS" of hindus, Christians, sikhs. 2b. See any Mppl-DENSE areas: before only hindu, Christian, sikh lived there. Quietly, Mppl-LS was installed. With 24-hours of Mppl's LS-mantra'z, "house prices CRASHED"! WHY??? NOBODY, INCLUDING YOU THE READERS, WILL BUY-LIVE THERE !! A Clever blackmail ! Only Mppl buy, crores-worth-houses, in dirt-cheap rates. 3. So, Mppl-LS cleverly, psychiatrically converts, AND, mentally NEUTRALIZE, "all listeners", over to Islam... all listeners, babies, new born, old, dying aged, ARE TARGETS of :: a "clever-psychriatric-war", on hindu, Christians, sikhs. 4. Mppl-LS, minarets: banned in all developed world; NOT in ignorant India.
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                  Sam
                  Apr 18, 2017 at 10:48 pm
                  So what she is saying is, "I like it, so why do you have a problem?"
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                    ABDUL WAHEED ARKATI
                    Apr 18, 2017 at 8:21 pm
                    Since last 3 yrs Muslims in the country are hounded on issues like love jihad, ghar wapsi, gau raksha, triple talaaq, nationalism, yoga, reservations, dargahs, kabrastan and so many trivial issues. Now Sonu Nigam has created new unwanted controversy. He has joined the band wagon of professionally failed artistes like Abhijeet, Ashok Pandit, Anupam Kher and several other people. It is just to grab publicity & become a hero of his community. Such rhetoric creates tension and Muslim citizens feel alienated. Radicals in Muslim community are having a great laugh. Goondagardi unknowingly is created by Sonu. This is not expected in the New India visualised by our P.M.
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                      Janakiraman Rajalakshmi
                      Apr 18, 2017 at 11:58 pm
                      Totally agree with you.
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                      proud to
                      Apr 18, 2017 at 5:32 pm
                      In USA the zoning law does not allow loud noise early in the morning.The construction people can not make noise and disturb sleeping people in the early morning and if they start work early morning and you are disturbed by noise you can call the police and they will stop them immediately.This is not a question of Azaan but of disturbing sleeping po tion by loud speakers.AS per SC the ban is betwwen 11pm and 6am and people of all religion should follow.
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                        Swadeshi
                        Apr 18, 2017 at 3:11 pm
                        India has multiple religion / ethnicity...does that means everybody need to be forced to taste things which he / she might not like. So by that logic lets start playing Chalisa and Chandi path at every Muslim colony at 3:00 AM night so that they should appreciate the spirit of India.
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                          Pradeep Chaturvedi
                          Apr 18, 2017 at 1:43 pm
                          HINDOO girls always support muslim boys religion culture nothing surprising that Pooja Bhatt of mixed parentage and BLOOD came rushing and supported the muslims. From 971 A.D. Motherland had been ruled by Mughal barbarians till the arrival of Britishers in 1671 A.D. Genetic slavery
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                            sdff
                            Apr 18, 2017 at 2:18 pm
                            same puja bhatt will support aamir kahan for his ahtred ness for hindu beleives and she will support him on issuel like shivapuja using milk based scyntific and polution issue..these are type of psedo hypocratic bolly wood actress..she openly supported PK movie where it insults only hindu gods..they had no problem when aamir makes fun of pouring milk on shiva idol...at that time they were behind scyntific and polution issue and want freedom of exression..but now sonu nigam got no freedom of expression..
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                            Save Us
                            Apr 18, 2017 at 12:31 pm
                            The learned and wise netizens should also realise that it is the Supreme Court, not Sonu Nigam or any other Hindu who has called for a ban on playing of loudspeakers between 11 pm to 6 am in the morning. And this Azaan business starts in the morning at 5 am at full volume. Don't we have respect even for the supreme court before commenting whether what Sonu said is right or wrong.
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                              r
                              Apr 18, 2017 at 12:55 pm
                              It applies to Sonu Nigam's industry itself. Why DJs and loud music, especially during weddings? Some people enjoy while the others have a horrible time.
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                              Sayed Maqsood Ahmed
                              Apr 18, 2017 at 12:26 pm
                              dear sonu you may not be aware that hindu teachings say that a hindu should wake up before sun rise in order to maitain good health and remain fresh and workship sun, but you dont sleep early and get disturbed by the call of azaan, i cannot understand, it is good that at least by the call of azaan yu can get up early before sun rise also take the good example of our dear PM modi, who wakes up 4.00 am daily in the morning and does yoga and surya namaskar, dont sleep late till afternoon on
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                                Vishwanath Natarajan
                                Apr 18, 2017 at 12:57 pm
                                Clever words. This is the 21st century pal and a lot of people have to work till late. Most of us are not farmers that we can start early at 4 am and windup by 6pm. You are saying all this only to justify noise pollution created by followers of your religion , and I agree , yours is not the only religion that is guilty .. followers of my religion have caught on as well and together they are wreaking havoc at 140 dB . High time to put a full stop.
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                                  Aadis
                                  Apr 18, 2017 at 4:11 pm
                                  Dear Vishwanath, There is loud noise coming out of the temple also whenever there is festival. they start at 4am and continues for 3 to 4 hours. Will you go and stop that ?
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                                  Swadeshi
                                  Apr 18, 2017 at 4:11 pm
                                  Tell me one thing..do u like to eat anything which you dont like...I dont like the sound and tune of Azan... it gives me a feeling of desert which I dont enjoy. Tell me why should I need to hear it. Do you like to hear Chandi path in the morning..you might not enjoy it still you need to listen it.
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                                    Ziak
                                    Apr 19, 2017 at 12:01 am
                                    But hold on, who are you to say or tell people to get up early. It might be good for people but its not your business at all. If you think logically, people have a right to sleep till whenever they can. But early morning annoyance is far beyond me. Use some logic and its high time. Why should anyone be disturbed by loudspeakers early in the morning. I am a muslim and to a certain extent i understand or regard the loudspeaker noise taking in regard my religion. But sonu who is not even a muslim, i dont understand why should he be disturbed by the loudspeakers used by mosques.
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                                    Proudindian
                                    Apr 18, 2017 at 12:10 pm
                                    Some Bollywood people have nexus with Chhota Rajan and dawood underworld. ISI from Papistan may have threatened them to talk such issues to create Riots in India. BEWARE STAY UNITED STAY STRONG.......United We stand.
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                                      Barjinder Randhawa
                                      Apr 18, 2017 at 11:52 am
                                      "मैंने एक बात पर गौर किया जिसका कैरियर समाप्त हो गया या समाप्त होने वाला है वो मुस्लिम विरोधी बात करके अपने प्रशंसक बढ़ा रहा है। जैसे- वीरेन्द्र वाग, अभिजीत कुमार, अब सोनू निगम।" -Rohit Yadav
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                                        Feroze Ali
                                        Apr 18, 2017 at 12:13 pm
                                        well said
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                                          Raj
                                          Apr 18, 2017 at 1:09 pm
                                          Maine bhi ek baat gaur kari h...Jo log khali baithe hote hain..Unhe hi ye sab zyda dikhta h. Pta nhi kyu..🤔
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                                            farzi kumar
                                            Apr 18, 2017 at 3:19 pm
                                            Aur jinka career kabhi shuru hi nahi hua wo musalmano ki jyada chat te hai jaise pooja bhatt, shirish kunder,
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                                              Swadeshi
                                              Apr 18, 2017 at 4:12 pm
                                              Please add Puja bhat / mahesh Bhat / Sabana azmi and others also
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                                              r
                                              Apr 18, 2017 at 11:49 am
                                              Ban all the singers like Sonu. Songs play in my neighbourhood and I'm unable to sleep.
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                                                ABDUL WAHEED ARKATI
                                                Apr 18, 2017 at 11:39 am
                                                Sonu Nigam has crossed the limits by making uncomplimentary remark of Azaan being "gundagardi". Before making such statement against a particular religion, he should have realised how tensions would be created in the already not so conflicting atmosphere prevailing in the country. The best he could have done is approach the Masjid committee & requested them to not to make Azaan in loud decibel. They would then try to sort out the problem. He is a po r singer and he is accustomed to loud cacophony of drums and musical instruments. Azaan is sublime without any music & hardly takes 2 - 3 minutes to be recited. As regards of his view on loudspeakers not being used in Prophet Muhammad's time he should understand that 1400 yrs ago the cities were small & minars were used for Azaan. In the present times cities have grown big & there is lot of noise of vehicles, TV, market etc. Azaan cannot be heard in this situation. Muslim Alims since 50 years have given permission for loudspeakers.
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                                                  Janakiraman Rajalakshmi
                                                  Apr 18, 2017 at 12:14 pm
                                                  Totally agree with you. Hindus are proving they are the ones bloodthirsty by fighting over imaginary issues. For hindus also Scriptures prescribe unceasing dwelling on God not thinking in sporadic spurts only during certain days. Today everything has gone so awry hindus should feel grateful to Azaan Prayer & wake up during pre dawn & at least prostrate before God in their Puja rooms. Pre dawn , Twilight & various such times are particularly au ious & are meant for Prayers to God. This sonu nigam needs to be punished by God Himself. He is someone who has been bene ing in no small way by listening to Mohammad Rafi & imitating him every possible way. Md.Rafi is so spiritual owing to Allah's Grace. And look at the way hindu ingrates are behaving. All owing to hindutva modi's unjust pamperings & instigations. I want bjp to go altogether.
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                                                    Janakiraman Rajalakshmi
                                                    Apr 18, 2017 at 12:17 pm
                                                    I don't know why certain letters go missing. au ious ; bene ing.
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                                                      vasoo kamulkar
                                                      Apr 18, 2017 at 9:11 pm
                                                      It is hard not to remember dear old Sant Kabeer at this moment: “Kankar patthar jori ke, masjid layi banai Ta chadhi mulla baang de; kya behra hua khudai? And “Mala to kar main phirai, jeebh phirai mukamaahi; Manua to dasudisi phirai; yeh to sumiran naahi!” Out of the thousands of names of Shree Ram--Wishnu-sahasranaam-- Janakiraman’s parents had to choose for their newly-born; only the -oriented one- Jaanakee-Raman- enjoyer of Jaanakee. It would have suited perhaps to Shree Krishna, not to ‘EK-Patnee-Wratin’ Shree Ram. (Ram in Sanskrit is a verb meaning ‘to play’). The “Mastak-Bhraman” ought to have been the most-be ing name for this namby-pamby! (Part -1)
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                                                        vasoo kamulkar
                                                        Apr 18, 2017 at 9:15 pm
                                                        There is no record of Hindoos ever going abroad to stan or elsewhere, bombing innocent people. His charge therefore, of the Hindoos being bloodthirsty, freeters away into the thin air. The Hindoos are rather ‘jnan-thirsty. Have a look at their gifts of zero, Vedic Mathematics, weapon of non-violence, the philosophy and Buddhism, etcetera to the world. Is perhaps Janaki-Raman a stani with a pseudonym; otherwise how can any reader come to terms with Janakiraman’s poisonous scrawl against the Hindoos? He is no way qualified to churn-out sermons on ‘bhaktee’ to the Hindoos. They are well-conversant with the ‘Nawa-widhaa’ Bhaktee nine different ways of praising Janakee-raman, the seventh incarnation of Lord Shree Wishnoo. Ahmed Patel, the confidante of the Itaalwee leader of the Indira Congress, Edwige Antonia Albina Maino -aka- Sonia hi, has commented that the azan for namaz is not a nuisance; the loudspeaker is! ( Part- 2 )
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                                                          vasoo kamulkar
                                                          Apr 18, 2017 at 9:17 pm
                                                          Well, azan might not be a nuisance in an Islamic country but in a multi-religious secular country, which boasts about eighty percent of its po tion as Hindoo; azan does create, apart from being the contributory agent for the noise-pollution; an unsavoury impact upon the unsuspecting minds of the non-believers. (Part 3 concluded)
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                                                          Krishna Karmakar
                                                          Apr 18, 2017 at 12:31 pm
                                                          It was a crooked Cm who was Muslim and who allowed loudspeakers to be used for azaan in 1975 during the Emergency. so it was not there 50 years back. The Masjid committee are the goondas . In Behrambaug, Jogeshwari when the Parsis requested the masjid Committee to not use the loudspeaker as elderly people were being unduly disturbed, the very next day, three more loudspeakers were attached to the long Pole which had only one speaker. If this is not goondagardi , do define rational behavior anew. Even the Police are helpless and the noise pollution continues unabated. Shameful!
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                                                            DHOBI KA
                                                            Apr 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm
                                                            who is muslim alims to give permission? if u know that cities have become bigger then u shd know that technology also has gone ahead and everyone has mobile alarm clock etc to tell the timing and if u want to hear it record it. trash justification
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                                                              thiagu ramasamy
                                                              Apr 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm
                                                              Bro, the main difference being 5am, when most people are asleep. More importantly, he is not expecting to enforce new laws, but just follow the existing ones by the courts.
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                                                              Varinder Singh Jaswal
                                                              Apr 18, 2017 at 11:38 am
                                                              We support Sonu fully. In the name of religion you can't carry on with sound pollution. This do apply to Mandirs as well as gurudwaras. One should think of sick, elderly people and students who prepare for exams etc. Such nuisance isn't allowed in the west. Hope there comes a law against sound pollution or at least be prohibited from 10 PM to 8 AM.
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                                                                r
                                                                Apr 18, 2017 at 11:51 am
                                                                True. Not only religious places but it applies to the industry of singers and music industry itself. Songs play on DJs in my locality and my life is disturbed.
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                                                                  r
                                                                  Apr 18, 2017 at 11:53 am
                                                                  True. Not only religious places but it applies to singers and music industry itself. Songs play on DJs in my locality and my life is disturbed.
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                                                                    saif ali
                                                                    Apr 18, 2017 at 3:46 pm
                                                                    kis baat ki support kar rahe ho varindar loud spekar ki ye polution hai to phir song movies ya bhi to polution hai inhe kyu nahi band karate ho ye gate hai kya bina loudspekar ke inki awaz kaha se nikalti hai...jawab do ye polution nahi hai. sab ka gana bhi band karao to mane tumhe ki tumhe student ki life ki fikar hai.....so stuped man
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                                                                    Jawahar.S
                                                                    Apr 18, 2017 at 11:30 am
                                                                    Pride goes before a fall !!! Something awaiting you!!! Beware !!! Your bread is voice and it is OHM. It is Saraswathy!!! Your voice spreads far away through this Edison's electricity and loud speaker. Imagine what you would have done in the absence of such devices. Pretty shame you are an Indian. We pity!!! I pray God for your ignorance @43 !!!
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                                                                      zameer
                                                                      Apr 18, 2017 at 11:29 am
                                                                      Banned Bollywood, it's waste of time and money for the poor people. Why gundagardi in the name of entertainment.
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                                                                        DHOBI KA
                                                                        Apr 18, 2017 at 1:14 pm
                                                                        Fully agree with u. Ban bollywood. nations money is unnecessarily going khans who do not have love for the country. At this menace will go.some money is going to stanis
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