Bangladeshi singer-actor Hero Alom, who has a huge fan-following on the internet, was hauled in by police and told to stop singing his renditions of songs. He has nearly two million Facebook followers and almost 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube.
Arabian Song, in which he appears in traditional Arab clothing on a sand dune with camels superimposed in the background, has garnered 17 million views, AFP reports. Alom, however, has been criticised by several quarters for his renditions of classic songs of Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore and Bangladeshi poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.
Speaking to AFP, Alom said that he was “mentally tortured” by police last week and was asked to stop performing classical songs. Alom also claimed that he was told “he was too ugly to be a singer,” and to sign an “apology” bond.
“The police picked me up at 6 am and kept me there for eight hours. They asked me why I sing Rabindra and Nazrul songs,” Alom told AFP.
Dhaka’s chief detective Harun ur Rashid told reporters that Alom had apologised for singing the cherished songs and for 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 won’t repeat this,” Harun added.