“#Telugu flag is flying high! I am filled with pride to have a Telugu song, which so beautifully celebrates our folk heritage, is being given its due recognition internationally today. @ssrajamouli, @tarak9999 , @AlwaysRamCharan and @mmkeeravaani have truly redefined excellence! Congratulations to @ssrajamouli, @tarak9999, @AlwaysRamCharan, @mmkeeravaani, @boselyricist, #PremRakshit, @kaalabhairava7, @Rahulsipligunj and the entire team of @RRRMovie. Thank you for making me, millions of Telugu people around the world and all Indians incredibly proud!” YS Jagan Mohan Reddy tweeted expressing happiness.
His tweet did not go down well with Adnan, who shared his views in a tweet saying, “A regional minded frog in the pond who cannot think of the ocean as it is beyond his little nose! To create regional divisions.” Shame on you for that.” And unable to embrace or propagate national pride!
A territorial minded frog in a pond who cannot think of the sea as it is beyond his little nose!! Shame… https://t.co/HHzV1D7s6r
— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) 1678692513000
The singer drew the wrath of netizens, who slammed him left, right and centre. After receiving backlash, Adnan clarified his stand and tweeted, “My issue has never been about language. My issue has been very simple… All languages, regardless of their origin and dialect ultimately All under the umbrella of being Indian first and then anything else – that’s all! I have sung countless songs in regional languages with equal effort and equal respect for all.”
My issue has never been about language. My point has been very simple… all languages, regardless of their origin… https://t.co/Lz62KqmZVH
— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) 1678706046000
Earlier in January, Adnan had called out YS Jagan Mohan Reddy for his similar tweet after Naatu Naatu won the Golden Globe Award. He had questioned the Chief Minister’s tweet saying, “Telugu flag? You mean the Indian flag right? We are Indians first and so please stop separating ourselves from the rest of the country…especially internationally, We are one country! This ‘separatist’ attitude is extremely unhealthy as we saw in 1947!!! Thank you… Jai Hind.”
Natu Natu is the first song from an Indian film to earn a nomination and win in the Best Original Song category. Earlier, Indian artist AR Rahman won an Oscar in the category in 2009 for Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire, a British production.