Adnan Sami Talks About His Padmashri Award: ‘I Can Understand Their Frustration’
Adnan Sami once again hits back at those who have been relentlessly trolling him for having received the prestigious Padmashri
No one, and no force, no matter how brutal can take away from the joy singer-musician Adnan Sami feels at receiving the Padmashri from the Indian government. Adnan, who has been living in India since 2011 and was granted Indian citizenship in 2016 was among the several Padmashri awardees in the art and culture segment along with Kangana Ranaut, Karan Johar and Ekta Kapoor among others.
However, a lot of people started criticising Adnan Sami’s award citing he was essentially a Pakistani and that he hadn’t done enough to merit a prestigious award. Soon, the Lift Kara Dey singer was heavily trolled on social media by detractors of the ruling BJP whose government announced the awards. But Adnan gave it back to the trolls on social media.
And now he has spoken up again. “It came to me completely like a bolt from the blue. It wasn’t as though I nursed a teeny-weeny ambition of getting such an honour. The Padmashri was nowhere on my radar. So, when I got the call informing me that I was being honoured I was …like…in a dream. I can’t thank the Government enough for finding me worthy of the honour. I am glad I got it while I’m still young. I feel fuelled and charged into doing more work, to prove myself even more worthy of the honour,” says Adnan as he prepares to celebrate the honour.
To those who think he is too ‘Pakistani’ for a Padma Shri here’s what Adnan has to say: “I can understand your frustration. I have it (the Padma Shri). You don’t. I am the one being honoured by our Government. You are not. I can understand you frustration and bitterness.”
Adnan has little patience with trolls. “30 percent of them are jealous and frustrated with their own lives. Another 30 percent are attention seekers who like to bash celebrities just to feel different from the crowd. 20 percent are misguided souls. And the rest of the 20 percent actually believe the rubbish they write about people in the limelight. Why should I believe the trolls when there are 1.3 billion people out there who are with me?”
Adnan now prepares to celebrate his Padmashri? “Of course I’m going to throw a party for all my friends from the entertainment fraternity. I wish my father was here to see me get the Padmashri. He would’ve been so proud of me. I am very happy for Karan Johar for receiving the Padmashri. We often tend to overlook those who work within the commercial framework.”