Stop singing! Police end Bangladeshi star Hero Alom’s music career because he is out of tune

Bangladeshi singer-actor Hero Alom who has a huge following on the internet was arrested by police and told to stop singing his renditions of songs. He has nearly two million subscribers on Facebook and nearly 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube.

Arabian Song, in which he appears in traditional Arab attire on a sand dune with camels superimposed in the background, has been viewed 17 million times, AFP reports. Alom, however, has been criticized by several quarters for his renditions of classic songs by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and Bangladeshi poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.

Speaking to AFP, Alom said he was “mentally tortured” by police last week and told to stop playing classical songs. Alom also claimed that he was told “he was too ugly to be a singer” and had to sign an “apology” bond.

“The police came to pick me up at 6 a.m. and kept me there for eight hours. They asked me why I was singing Rabindra and Nazrul songs,” Alom told AFP.

Dhaka Chief Detective Harun ur Rashid told reporters that Alom apologized for singing the cherished songs and wearing police uniforms without permission in his videos.

“We received many complaints against him. (He) totally changed the (traditional) style (of singing). He assured us that he would not repeat that,” Harun added.

Farook Hossain, Dhaka’s deputy police commissioner, dismissed Alom’s claims that he was also asked to change his name.

“He’s making these comments just to create buzz on social media,” he told AFP. Her fans, however, have been outraged on social media with several sections calling it an attack on individual rights.

Hero Alom told AFP that he had acted in several films and also participated in the 2018 Bangladeshi parliamentary elections as an independent candidate, garnering 638 votes.

“I felt like a hero. So I took the name Hero Alom. I won’t drop that name no matter what. Right now, it seems like you can’t even not sing freely in Bangladesh,” he said.

(With contributions from AFP)

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