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Singer/songwriter/composer Sahir Ali Bagga has faced immense backlash for claiming that his rating is similar to music maestro A R Rahman’s. Now that’s a big claim to make but the singer denies having said such thing.

In a video uploaded recently, Sahir clarified his stance over an interview he gave to Icon, completely dismissing that he ever made such a statement.

“There’s a statement under my name being circulated widely these days that says ‘A.R. Rehman is good but his rating is the same as mine’; I would like to clear that this is not my statement. Yes, I have given the interview to the magazine, but my words have been quoted out-of-context,” Sahir claimed.

He further added, “I respect A.R. Rehman sahib a lot; he is one of the people I look up to. He is definitely an ustad [maestro] and a lot of people have learnt music from him, including me. He is my senior and I love him a lot.”

Sahir displayed his disappointment as to how positive things said are portrayed in a negative light, and how easily statements are misconstrued, changing the actual meaning and insisted that “this was never my statement.”

Just two days ago, (Monday), Sahir Ali Bagga’s interview with a local publication received severe criticism where he was quoted saying,  “A.R. Rehman is good but has the same rating as mine.”

“None of his songs have gotten 500 million hits. My song with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, ‘Zaroori Tha’ has crossed 500 million views,” he had stated out of pure joy.

“Similarly, my song with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, ‘Main Tenu Samjhawan Ki’, is about to reach 1 billion views,” he added.

Guess it’s never sensible to make such high claims and repent later.