Producers' council seeks ban on Pakistani artistes in Bollywood

Angelo Anderson
February 24, 2018

Nearly two years after Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan returned to Pakistan following the Uri attack and its backlash, demand for a ban on Pakistani artists in Bollywood is rising yet again and the latest trigger is Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's song, Ishtehaar, in Welcome to NY.

The composer of the song, Shamir Tandon, who was present, and Amin also endorsed Supriyo and Bhagnani's stand. Bhagnani also responded to objections raised by a man in Amritsar against another song in the film - "Pant mein gun (gun in the pants)'". There is another nice song sung by Atif in Bajrangi Bhaijaan.

Singer turned Union Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Babul Supriyo yesterday asked Bollywood to take a stand on imposing a temporary ban on Pakistan artistes. "But for us, India and (Indian) soldiers come first - we do not want to hurt anyone".

He claimed that other countries had cornered Pakistan on terrorism and that the United States was just "one step away" from declaring it a terrorist state.

"Time probably says that we might want to exercise some restraint when it comes to using Pakistani artists in our films", he said, adding that taking a stand is important and it is now for people of Bollywood to decide. My morals as an artist or sensibilities, I agree that the artists have no boundary. But will it be a permanent stand?

"During the time of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, I took a stand in support of the makers and had to face a lot wrath for that". It depends on people.

Asked if he will bring in a private members bill to ban Pakistani artistes, Supriyo said: "No, I would not do that". I had said that the film has been made and should not be obstructed because our Indian producers will face the losses. Everyone is listening. I am the junior most parliamentarian. But morals shouldn't come in saying what is right. I have no expectations from them, and that's what I think has developed this camaraderie.

"I personally won't do this", he added.

IFTPC CEO Suresh Amin, while addressing a press conference in Mumbai on Wednesday (February 21), said the council is now looking to pass a resolution and inform producers in the Hindi film industry to stop working with Pakistani artistes for the next two years.

IANS quoted him as adding, "We will spread the word in the industry and send notices to everyone that "please stop all Pakistani artistes", he said.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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