To mark the first T20 between India and Pakistan played at Eden Gardens, super star Amitabh Bachan and Pakistani singer Shafqat Amanat Ali were invited to sing the national anthem’s of their respective countries.
Amitabh Bachan’s performance was much appreciated by viewers, and many took to twitter to show their appreciation.
Bloody hell lol, they wheeled out Amitabh Bachan!
Kasmeh, I’ve seen it all now#IndvsPak
— Abu Eesa Niamatullah (@Niamatullah) March 19, 2016
The voice of Amitabh Bachan has to be the best voice I have heard in years #IndvsPak
— Lubnaaa (@LubnaSabir1) March 19, 2016
But many fans in Pakistan were not pleased with Shafqat’s performance. “National Anthem” is still trending on Twitter as messages of disappointment flooded the social media site.
Many commented that the pressure may have gotten to the singer, as his performance was not up to par. Others commented that the singer had made mistakes while singing the anthem. And still others commented that Amitabh Bachan’s performance was far better.
It is loud and clear. Amitabh Bachan is a much better singer than Shafqat Amanat Ali.
— Murtaza Solangi (@murtazasolangi) March 20, 2016
@ShafqatAmanatA amitabh bachan performed much better & sounded like a professional singer just because he sang from his patriotic heart
— Suleman Ayub Khan (@SulemanAyub) March 20, 2016
AMITABH BACHAN RELIVING K’NAAN’S WHEN I GET OLDER I’LL BE STRONGER THEY’LL CALL ME FREEDOM JUST LIKE THE WAVIN’ FLAG. DAMN
— Manas (@ScholesEsque) March 19, 2016