Atif Aslam Response On Pakistanis Ban In Bollywood Made Us Proud

Pakistani singer Atif Aslam has been repeatedly shrugging off requests to promote his latest song Sehmi Hai Dhadkan from the forthcoming Bollywood film Daas Dev, says its producer Sanjeev Kumar.

“Atif said he will do it, but it hasn’t been done. I’m not sure why he isn’t taking part in the activity, but, as a producer, I see that work promised hasn’t been executed,” Kumar said in a statement.

Sehmi Hai Dhadkan was unveiled on February 22 as the first song from Sudhir Mishra’s film Daas Dev, a contemporary take on Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s novel Devdas.

Earlier this month, politician Babul Supriyo had asked for a ban on Pakistani artistes working in the Hindi film industry. He had also objected to the inclusion of Pakistan singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice in the film Welcome To New York.

To this, Kumar said, “Normally, such statements are made by fringe groups. When a minister says it, it leaves an impact on more people. But we needed Atif for this song. He has 20 million followers on social media. Imagine the kind of traction we would have got had he promoted it.”

Daas Dev stars Richa Chadha, Aditi Rao Hydari and Rahul Bhat. It is scheduled to hit the screens on March 23.

Pakistan criticised India for ‘anti-Pakistan prejudice’ as the Indian Motion Pictures Producers Association (IMPPA) upheld its ban on Pakistani performing artistes.

“It is unfortunate that art and cinema, which bring people together by acting as cultural bridges, are being held hostage to hate and xenophobia,” Foreign Office spokesperson Muhammad Faisal said.

“Unfortunately this decision, following several others, including non-issuance of visas to Pakistani pilgrims, refusal to allow participation of Sikhs and Katas Raj pilgrims, and cancellation of sports matches, underscores the growing intolerance and bias prevalent in India,” Faisal said.

These decisions taken and/or upheld by the Indian government “expose it of (becoming) a sham-ocracy”, the spokesperson said.

MUMBAI: The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has banned Pakistani artists and technicians from displaying their skills in the Bollywood industry.

The ban placed by the film industry workers’ union in Mumbai, on Thursday, comes from a unanimous vote and prohibits Pakistani artists from performing in films as well as TV serials produced by Indian producers in any language.

The association cites a ‘war-like situation unleashed by Pakistan’ as a reason for the ban, alleging that numerous of their soldiers and common men have been killed because of it.

A press release issued by FWICE stated: “We stand by our security forces and their families in this hour of crisis and believe in ‘Nation comes first’.”

The ban notice has been forwarded to all affiliates and producers’ associations and bears the signatures of President Shri. Birendra Nath Tiwari and Hon. General Secretary Shri Ashok Dubey.

Previously, many Pakistani artists including Atif Aslam, Ali Zafar, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Fawad Khan, Imran Abbas, Sajal Ali, Adnan Siddiqui, Mahira Khan, Urwa Hocane amongst many others have lent their vocals to and performed in different Bollywood film.

On the political front, relations between the two countries have become strained quite frequently. This causes artists from the local industry to sporadically bear the brunt of the burden.

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