Shashi Tharoor has often been in the news for confounding people online with his comprehensive, yet bizarre vocabulary. However, this time around, the MP made headlines when he broke into song. A video shows him singing an old Hindi song, ‘Ek Ajnabee Haseena Se’.
After the cultural programme by Doordarshan Srinagar for the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, I was persuaded to sing for the Members. Unrehearsed and amateur but do enjoy! pic.twitter.com/QDT4dwC6or
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) September 6, 2021
Tweeting about the same, he admitted that the performance was unrehearsed and amateur. While Twitter was moved by his emotional rendition of the song, it appears lyricist Javed Akhtar was not. Akhtar’s tweet took a dig at Tharoor’s singing skills as well as his accent. Take a look-
Wow ! We have almost a similar song in Hindi too !!!
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) September 6, 2021
Desis online were not impressed by Akhtar’s dismissive comment. Here’s what they had to say about it-
But you got to give him his confidence, sporting spirit, and the sheer joie de vivre he has.. marvellous!
— Indranil Mukherjee, Author (@indranil9) September 6, 2021
Javed sir, he must be credited for singing a hindi song being a mallu.
We can't even think of malyalam songs forget about singing.
— Avinash singh 🇮🇳 (@Avinash77288773) September 6, 2021
Typical North Indian condescension! Javed Akhtar, I challenge you to sing one song from any South Indian language intelligibly
— CK Jaidev (@ckjaidev) September 6, 2021
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Not every joke, every witty retort needs to be a personal remark against you, your family, language, religion, etc. Maybe learn to take a joke and stop looking for a fight everywhere? And yes, @ShashiTharoor is a good sport, have to give him that!
— Bharat Ramakrishnan (@bharatpr87) September 6, 2021
However, some believed Tharoor’s accent was a bit anglicized.
alglicized hindi song version
— Asma (@asmatasleem11) September 6, 2021
Hahaha, that's correct!@ShashiTharoor sang in the " Duguna Lagaan dena padega" language.
— Krishnachandra Sharma (@krishnx) September 6, 2021
I also thought he was singing some English song
— @sanya (@Uroosahaidar) September 6, 2021
What do you think of this incident? Tell us.