Padma Shri singer-composer Kailash Kher expressed his views on getting actress Sonakshi Sinha to perform at Justin Bieber's maiden concert in India. He said “choosing an actress over any other acclaimed Indian singer is not a good sign, and sends a wrong message internationally”. “Getting a known Bollywood face has become a trend followed by event managers and producers of the Indian entertainment industry,” he added.

According to him it doesn't give a good message internationally. "They (people from foreign shores) will think that Sonakshi must be a big singer in India. And then she will get concert offers from Canada, and then probably Sonakshi will laugh them off, saying 'I am not a singer but an actor'," Kailash said.

Sonakshi made her debut as a singer in 2015 with single Ishqholic. "Whenever any singer from the West comes to India, we get an actor on board to match their level. We don't get singer for another singer, but actor… Event managers and producers of entertainment industry are so scared," he added.

Kailash carved a niche for himself with his rustic voice as he gave hits like Ya rabba, Chak de phatte and Tere naal ishqa and also gave chartbusters from albums like Teri Deewani, Saiyyan and Chaandan Mein.

(inputs from agencies)