Renowned Pakistani playback and Qawwali singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan found himself at the center of controversy recently when a video circulating online depicted him engaging in physical aggression towards one of his students. The incident, which occurred on Saturday, sparked widespread outrage among netizens, who condemned Khan's behavior.
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Viral Video
In the video that surfaced on social media platforms, Khan can be seen resorting to physical violence, including using shoes and slapping, against his student over a missing "bottle." The footage quickly garnered attention, prompting strong reactions from the online community.
Responding to the uproar, Khan issued an apology in a subsequent video, wherein he attempted to justify the altercation as a "personal matter between a teacher and his student." He identified the student, Naveed Hasnain, as the individual subjected to punishment in the video. Hasnain, standing alongside Khan in the same video, explained that the missing bottle contained water sanctified by a pir, emphasizing that it was a significant item.
"He is my father and my teacher. He loves us a lot too. Whoever has done this act [of leaking the video] is blackmailing to defame my teacher," Hasnain stated in defense of Khan, suggesting an attempt to tarnish the singer's reputation.
Reports indicate that Khan sought forgiveness from Hasnain immediately after the incident. Despite his efforts to clarify the situation, criticism continued to mount on social media platforms, with many dismissing Khan's explanation for his actions as "lame" and "embarrassing."
Netizens React to Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's Viral Video
The incident underscores the scrutiny public figures face in the age of social media, where actions captured on camera can quickly ignite controversy and provoke widespread condemnation.
Shameful & Shocking to see Rahat Fateh Ali Khan act in such a inhumane manner. Bhai itna paisa hy aur khareed lo. Beating up his personal staff in a barbaric manner. Shame on your mentality. I never want to listen to a barbarian @RFAKWorld #boycottrahatfatehali pic.twitter.com/zh9wwn7ZoO— Mishi khan (@mishilicious) January 27, 2024
Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is beating his servant for a bottle of alcohol, but isn't alcohol considered 'haram' according to Islam? - The truth of Islam. pic.twitter.com/unPxqA4t1a— lee (@Leeonie_2) January 28, 2024
Whattt? This is Absolutely Non-sense behaviour from such a big name like Rahat Fateh ali khan. Like seriously how you can do this to your servants? He needs some serious mental treatment— 𝙈𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙠 𝙃𝙖𝙢𝙢𝙖𝙙 (@iaMalik01) January 27, 2024
As the fallout from the video persists, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan finds himself grappling with the repercussions of his actions and navigating the complexities of public perception.