In the wake of actor Sushant Singh Rajput's tragic demise, singer Sonu Nigam put out a video blog, thereby making some serious revelations about how the music fraternity works and requesting major music labels to be more compassionate towards newcomers.
In the video, captioned "You might soon hear about suicides in the music industry," Sonu slammed the "mafias" of the music world.
"Today, Sushant Singh Rajput, an actor has died. Tomorrow you can hear the same for any singer, music composer or lyricist," Sonu said. He alleged that there exists a "bigger mafia" in the music space as compared to the acting industry.
The 46-year-old further alleged that the music industry is largely controlled by just two companies.
He added that while producers, directors, and composers are willing to work with fresh talent, these companies don't let that happen. He alleged, "The entire power is with only two companies...They decide who should sing and who shouldn't."
Notably, T-Series, ZEE Music, YRF are India's biggest music labels.
'I've seen frustration among young singers and lyricists'
Sonu said he was lucky to have joined the music industry at a young age, so he "escaped the clutches". "But I have seen the frustration in the eyes, in the voice, in the words of new singers, new composers, new lyrics writers," he noted.
"I am done with this but please do not torture the younger ones, don't oppress them. This is not a very good space. Try and step into their shoes. They need your help and kindness," the singer concluded.
Sushant, star of movies like M.S. Dhoni and Chhichhore, died by suicide at his Mumbai home on Sunday. He had been battling depression for the past few months.
His demise has re-ignited discussions around nepotism and bullying in the film industry. Further, there has been speculation that Sushant was boycotted by some production companies and he lost some of his films to other stars.