Manoj Muntashir and Jubin Nautiyal react to Sonu Nigam’s claims of nepotism ruining music industry
Soon after Sushant Singh Rajput’s suicide, celebrated singer Sonu Nigam took to the social media and spoke about the ”dirty politics” in the music industry. He also warned everyone that don’t be surprised if some singer commits suicide too. Now reacting to Sonu’s claims of nepotism ruining the music industry are none other than lyricist Manoj Muntashir and singer Jubin Nautiyal.
Lyricist Manoj Muntashir explains why the systems and structures of the music and film industries are extremely different. “The music industry is not just about Bollywood, it’s beyond that. So nepotism or dynasticism exists in Bollywood and we have had several debates about that. But in the music industry, there’s nothing called nepotism or dynasticism. Take singers of ’90s then because if nepotism was prevalent, then only the kids of the popular singers from that generation would have ruled now, whether it’s Kumar Sanu, Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik. Then how did we have Rochak, Jubin, Sachet or even Tanishk Bagchi? They are all outsiders. If nepotism chalta, then they would not be here.”
He further states, “We, as a bunch of people are clear testimony to the fact that nepotism doesn’t exist in the music industry. In fact, we are doing a huge disservice to people and new talents by propagating fear because now, they will feel our industry is filled with tyrants and they will destroy you. Let’s get it clear: there’s no dictatorship, no tyranny, no anarchy, no fascism in the music industry. There’s no democracy either. Democratic values don’t count for great business after all.”
Whereas singer Jubin Nautiyal strongly questions the claims of prevalent favouritism and nepotism existing in the music industry and asserts, “We all have to understand one thing, there was a time when there was no Internet. But today, it’s more content-driven. Nobody knows but now, even a small song from anywhere can turn out to be a huge hit. Whatever sounds best to the ear, to the whole team of people who are producing the song, is what works eventually.”
“You can have favourites but sometimes, when a singer or a composer comes up with a great song, you acknowledge it. You can’t deny that, right? Nepotism can be one of the factors that affected the industry in the past, but today, what matters is good content, talented artists and good sound. That’s what every music label, director or producer is looking for,” he asserts.