Pakistani Artists to Be Banned in India?
Babul Supriyo, a Union Minister of India, recently called for a ban on Pakistani artists working in India. He made comments criticizing Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s song Ishtehar in the movie “Welcome to New York”. He believes that during a time like this, with such tensions between the two countries, there should be some restraint practiced when hiring Pakistani artists in Bollywood productions. “Time probably says that we might want to exercise some restraint when it comes to using Pakistani artists in our films.”
After such prejudiced comments against Pakistani artists, Atif Aslam has taken a stand on the matter by not promoting his new song Sehmi Hai Dhadkan from the upcoming movie “Daas Dev”. Sanjeev Kumar, the producer of the movie, had this to say about the issue, “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.”
While Muhammad Faisal, Foreign Office spokesperson, disapproved the move by saying, “It is unfortunate that art and cinema, which bring people together by acting as cultural bridges, are being held hostage to hate and xenophobia.”
It is yet to be seen whether the ban will take place or not but it would definitely be a loss to India to lose talents like Atif Aslam, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan etc.