Indian Idol 12 is again in the news for yet another special episode. Recently, the makers paid tribute to the late musician Shravan Rathod of popular musician duo of the 90s - Nadeem-Shravan, who is known for composing chartbuster songs of the films like Aashiqui, Dil Hai Ke Manta Nahin, Pardes and so on. The special episode was graced by Shravan's singer-cousin Roop Kumar Rathod, Kumar Sanu and Anuradha Paudwal.
Interestingly, all three singers praised contestants' performances and loved the tribute paid to Shravan Rathod, who passed away last month due to COVID-19. Notably, singer Kavita Krishnamurthy and actor Govinda too remembered the late music composer through video messages. However, the makers didn't connect Nadeem, who was an integral part of Shravan's life.
And now, the musician finally reacted to the episode by keeping an issue aside. Nadeem Akhtar Saifi told The Times of India, "Honestly, I would love to give each contestant who sang on Saturday a break and make another 'Aashiqui' with them. Shravan and I were together for 20 years. We might not have been in regular touch since the last 15 years but none of my sweet memories with him have faded away."
On the other hand, Shravan's son Sanjeev, who recently recovered from COVID-19 told the same publication, "I felt very happy that Nadeem-Shravan's music is still hot in 2021. Every singer flowed with our songs seamlessly and their passion was to be seen to be believed." While speaking about ignoring Nadeem on the show, Sanjeev said, "I must say that they should have approached Nadeem uncle for a (sound)bite, just like they approached Kavita Krishnamurthy, Govinda, etc."
For the unversed, Kishore Kumar's son Amit Kumar had openly said that he didn't like the Indian Idol 12 episode where the contestants paid tribute to his legendary singer-father, and that he praised them because he was asked to by the show's makers.
To clarify the same with Kumar Sanu, Anuradha Paudwal and Roop Kumar Rathod, Indian Idol 12 host Aditya Narayan asked them whether their praise for the Indian Idol 12 contestants was genuine or were they asked by the team to do so. Kumar Sanu replied on behalf of all three that the appreciation was from the heart.
Now, after all the controversies, looks like the makers of the singing reality show are trying hard to clear the misconceptions about Indian Idol 12.