Pakistani singers feel the heat of the MNS threat
In what is being called Uri aftermath, the ongoing protest against Pakistani artists in the film industry has succeeded in sending back actors like Fawad Khan to Pakistan, but it’s not just the actors feeling the heat of the situation. Singers, too, are on the receiving end of the ire as their shows are being canceled and their songs are being redone with an Indian singer in movies.
Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who has sung popular songs in Bollywood like Teri Meri (Bodyguard), Jag Ghoomeya (Sultan), O Re Piya (Aaja Nachle), Ajj Din Chadheya (Love Aaj Kal), Main Jahan Rahoon (Namastey London) and Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaaye (Kalyug), is the latest Pakistani celebrity to be banned. His romantic track – Maine Socha Na Tha – in the film Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laaddoo Deewana, will be replaced by an Indian singer.
Singer Atif Aslam is among the more popular Pakistani singers in he country, having given superhit songs like Tere Sang Yaara (Rustom), Tu Jaane Na (Ajab Prem Ki Gazab Kahaani), Pehli Nazar Mein (Race) and Woh Lamhe (Zeher). However, his live concert in Gurgaon, which was scheduled for October 15, has been canceled owing to the pressure from Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Kranti Dal. Earlier also, Atif’s concerts have been canceled in different cities in India due to the growing anti-Pakistani sentiments.
Shafqat Amanat Ali has created his own niche in the Indian music industry with songs like Mitwa (Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna), Tere Naina (My Name Is Khan) and Bin Tere (I Hate Luv Storys). However, in light of the Uri attacks, his Bengaluru concert, which was supposed to take place on September 30, too came under fire due to protests from Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal.
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