Though Hrithik Roshan singing the National Anthem at the Pro Kabaddi League finale was applauded, he admits he was very nervous that he might get the pronunciation wrong.
Before Hrithik, Amitabh Bachchan and more recently, Sunny Leone was pulled up by citizen groups for displeasing them with their rendition of the National Anthem. While Leone was wrapped on the knuckles for wrong pronunciation, Mr. Bachchan was publicly reprimanded for rendering the Nation Anthem at a slower pace than permissible.
And so, HR approached our National Anthem with utmost caution. Says Hrithik, “I sang it for days in my head before the event. Just to get used to the pronunciation.”
With more and more Bollywood celebrities getting into trouble regarding political/national issues, there is a growing reluctance among high-profile entertainers to participate in national events.