Has Shubh dissed Virat Kohli in ‘Safety Off’?

Canadian Punjabi singer Shubh has released his new song ‘Safety Off’. But some listeners have wondered if the lyrics are aimed at Virat Kohli.

Has Shubh dissed Virat Kohli in 'Safety Off' f

"Shubh taking shots at Kohli in his songs."

Shubh is in the headlines for apparently throwing shade at Virat Kohli and his teammates in his new track ‘Safety Off’.

The Canadian Punjabi singer’s song is part of his new EP Leo.

Many fans are in awe of ‘Safety Off’ and believe it will make an impact on a global level.

However, some paid attention to the lyrics.

‘Safety Off’ details Shubh’s struggles as he raps about his loneliness.

In one verse, he hinted that several people deserted him overnight.

Although he does not mention any names, listeners believed Shubh was indirectly aiming a jibe at Virat Kohli, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya.

As a result, many criticised the singer, with one claiming:

“Shubh taking shots at Kohli in his songs.”

One comment read: “Shouldn’t be a happy thing for anybody, Shubh is a Khalistani and him saying anything against Virat shouldn’t be celebrated.”

One remarked that Virat’s cover drive is greater than the singer’s entire career.

Others likened the singer’s audacious style to that of the late Sidhu Moose Wala.

The alleged diss may be in reference to Virat Kohli’s past fandom of Shubh’s music, with the cricketer previously saying Shubh was his favourite Punjabi singer.

Shubh’s music was also frequently played in the national team’s dressing room before matches.

Virat even shared videos of himself enjoying Shubh’s tunes.

But in September 2023, Shubh’s India tour was abruptly cancelled.

It came after the singer-rapper shared a map of India in March 2023 which was deemed “distorted”.

The picture showed a map of India where Jammu, Kashmir, and parts of the Northeast were blacked out along with “Pray for Punjab” written beside it.

The image was posted at a time when the Punjab Police were searching for the now-arrested Amritpal Singh.

It caused uproar as it was alleged that Shubh was a supporter of the Khalistan movement.

Despite online allegations, Shubh has no prior history of supporting one specific movement.

Shubh later broke his silence on the tour cancellation, saying that India is “my country”.

Part of the statement read:

“But I guess destiny had some other plans. India is MY country too. I was born here.

“It is the land of my GURUS and my ANCESTORS, who didn’t even blink an eye to make sacrifices for the freedom of this land, for its glory, and for the family.

“And Punjab is my soul, Punjab is in my blood. Whatever I am today, I am because of being Punjabi.

“Punjabis do not need to give proof of patriotism.

“At every turn in history, Punjabis have sacrificed their lives for the freedom of this country.

“That’s why it’s my humble request to refrain from naming every Punjabi as a separatist or anti-national.

“My intent in resharing that post on my story was only to Pray for Punjab as there were reports of electricity and internet shutdowns throughout the state.

“There was no other thought behind it and I definitely didn’t intend to hurt anyone’s sentiments.”

Eagle-eyed social media users then noticed that Virat had unfollowed Shubh on Instagram.

The likes of KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya also unfollowed the music star, believing he was supporting an anti-India movement.

Listen to ‘Safety Off’


Dhiren is a journalism graduate with a passion for gaming, watching films and sports. He also enjoys cooking from time to time. His motto is to “Live life one day at a time.”

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