Indian State Minister, Babul Supriyo, on Wednesday, called for a temporary ban on the artists from Pakistan for working in Bollywood film industry.
“The voice of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in the song “Ishtehar” from the movie “Welcome to New York” must be removed and dubbed by someone else from Indian artists as Rahat wasn’t able to understand the need or desire to cross the border for entertainment content at the time when India-Pakistan border’s tension increased rapidly,” the State Minister added.
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Supriyo, a singer-turned-politician, asked why this issue was not raised when Pakistani singer Atif Aslam sang a song in “Tiger Zinda Hai”. The Minister said in a press conference, “Dil Diyan Gallan” is a nice song, there is another nice song sung by Atif Aslam in the movie “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”… My morals as an artist or sensibilities, I agree that the artists have no boundary.
“I definitely want to believe that and I do as a singer and artist but having said that where our army soldiers are being brutally killed by Pak Army and their dead bodies are mangled— If we can stop Pakistani cricket players to play in Indian Premier League (IPL), then maybe it would be very great for our country if Bollywood showed solidarity and took a stand,” said Indian State Minister.
Supriyo added that I spoke as an Indian citizen first and that a stand must be taken on temporarily banning Pakistani artists in Bollywood film industry.