Adnan Sami Talks About His Padmashri Award: ‘I Can Understand Their Frustration’
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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.”

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