Pak artists banned in Indian films, their songs also removed from YouTube

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MUMBAI: The All India Cine Workers Association has announced a blanket ban on Pakistani actors and artistes amid rising tensions between New Nelhi and Islamabad after the Pulwama attack.

A statement from the AICWA stated that the organization condemns the brutal attack on soldiers.

“We’re officially announcing a total ban on Pakistani Actors and Artists working in Film Industry. Still if any organisation insist on working with Pakistani Artists will be banned by AICWA and a strong action will be taken against them,” it added. “Nation comes first, we stand with our nation.”

After threats from Hindu extremist party Indian music record label T-series has unlisted songs by Pakistani artists from its YouTube channel in the wake of the Pulwama attack.

The film division of the Maharashtra NavnirmanSena (MNS), a right-wing political party in India, had called on a ban on Pakistani artists collaborating with music producers in India.

“We have verbally communicated to Indian music companies like T-Series, Sony Music, Venus and Tips Music etc to not work with Pakistani singers. These companies should stop it immediately or we will take action in our own style,” said AmeyKhopkar, head of the MNS ChitrapatSena.

Meanwhile, Indian music record label T-series has unlisted songs by Pakistani artists from its YouTube channel in the wake of the Pulwama attack. The film division of the Maharashtra NavnirmanSena (MNS), a right-wing political party in India, had called on a ban on Pakistani artists collaborating with music producers in India.

“We have verbally communicated to Indian music companies like T-Series, Sony Music, Venus and Tips Music etc to not work with Pakistani singers. These companies should stop it immediately or we will take action in our own style,” said AmeyKhopkar, head of the MNS ChitrapatSena.

T-series’ frontmanBhushan Kumar had recently collaborated with RahatFateh Ali Khan and AtifAslam for two songs, which have now been dropped from the YouTube channel.

“They have removed their songs [from the company’s YouTube channel] post our warning,” Khopkar claimed.

At the time of 2016’s Uri attacks as well, the party led by Raj Thackeray had given the Pakistani artists in India a deadline of 48 hours to leave the country.

Meanwhile, numerous celebrities such as ShabanaAzmi and others, have come forth supporting  a complete ban on cultural exchange between India and Pakistan.