Arijit Singh surprised everyone when he took to social media one night to release a long letter to Salman Khan, in which he apologised for a joke made on stage back in 2014. The joke, it seems, started when he walked on stage in casual clothes and slippers – after falling asleep backstage after a long workday – to collect his award from Salman. Salman, at the time, asked him what happened, and Arijit responded saying “you guys put me to sleep.” The singer says he did so out of nervousness, but realised immediately that he maybe said something wrong, and apologised in Salman’s ear when the actor hugged him. He also apparently followed that up with an apology text at night, and an even longer apology note – which he said Salman responded to the next day, berating him for his behaviour but also saying that he was okay.
However, in an exclusive interview to Mumbai Mirror, Arijit said:
When he hugged me on the stage, I apologised in his ear and went back. The same night I texted him a “sorry“ and followed it up with a long apology note. He replied in the morning with a rebuke and advised me on how to behave. But he added that he was okay, which made me happy and relieved. It was only later that I realised he wasn’t. I have been apologising for almost three years now.
Fast forward to 2016, when Arijit – who recorded a song for Sultan – learned that his track was being dropped from the film, and said he heard it was because Salman didn’t want his voice in the final master. But according to Mirror, Salman wasn’t the one to take this call; it was something the producers and director did, and the actor himself isn’t holding any grudges against Arijit.
The paper also got in touch with Salman Khan’s people, and they responded by saying they aren’t planning on releasing any statement in regards to Arijit’s apology, since they consider it a “non-issue.”
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