“The #Telugu flag is flying higher! I’m filled with pride on a Telugu song, that so beautifully celebrates our folk heritage, 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, crores of Telugu people across the world and all Indians incredibly proud!” YS Jagan Mohan Reddy tweeted while expressing his joy.
His tweet did not go down well with Adnan who shared his thoughts in a tweet saying, “What a regional minded frog in a pond who can’t think about the ocean because it’s beyond his tiny nose!! Shame on you for creating regional divides & unable to embrace or preach national pride!
What a regional minded frog in a pond who can’t think about the ocean because it’s beyond his tiny nose!! Shame on… https://t.co/HHzV1D7s6r
— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) 1678692513000
The singer triggered the wrath of netizens who slammed him left, right and center. After receiving backlash, Adnan clarified his stance and tweeted, “My issue has never been about the language. My issue has been very simple… All languages, regardless of their origin & dialect are ultimately under the one umbrella of being INDIAN FIRST & then anything else- That’s all! I have sung innumerable songs in regional languages with the same effort & respect equally for all.”
My issue has never been about the language. My issue has been very simple… All languages, regardless of their origi… https://t.co/Lz62KqmZVH
— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) 1678706046000
Earlier in January, Adnan had called out YS Jagan Mohan Reddy over his similar tweet when Naatu Naatu bagged the Golden Globe Award. He had questioned the chief minister’s tweet saying, “Telugu flag? You mean INDIAN flag right? We are Indians first & so kindly stop separating yourself from the rest of the country… Especially internationally, we are one country! This ‘separatist’ attitude is highly unhealthy as we saw in 1947!!! Thank you… Jai HIND.”
Naatu Naatu is the first song from an Indian film to earn a nomination and win in the best original song category. Previously, Indian artist A.R. Rahman won an Oscar in the category for Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire, a British production, in 2009.