Babul Supriyo, the renowned singer of India, who is now a Union Minister, has raised an objection over a song from the movie Welcome To New York. The movie is set to be released on 23rd February 2018. One song from the movie, Ishtehar, has the voice of Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. The film has an ensemble cast of Karan Johar, Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha, Boman Irani and Rana Daggubati. The movie also features Salman Khan in a special song. It is rumoured that Salman Khan got Arijit Singh’s voice replaced in Tiger Zinda Hai, and has again done the same in Welcome To New York.
Babul Supriyo demanded that the Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice must be removed from the song, and should be dubbed by someone else. Supriyo said that he is not able to understand the need or desire to hire talent from across the border when India itself has abundant talent, and that too when the tension on the Indo-Pak border has escalated. He said:
“If that’s true, I would request the makers of the film to remove Rahat’s voice and get someone else to dub it! I am also not sure why Atif Aslam got to sing Dil diya gallan when for sure our very own Arijit could have done a much better job. The FM stations played the song galore while news channels announced the name of our soldiers martyred by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists.”
Supriyo said that India has no problems with the artists, the problem is with their Pakistani nationality.
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“Atif as an artist sounds great in ‘Dil diya gallan” and Rahat is a great singer too. But it’s important to clarify that our problem is not with the artists Atif or Rahat, but with their Pakistani nationality. It’s not a political stand but probably the families who have lost their sons, brothers, fathers would feel a lot better should the entire country show solidarity in any manner possible.”
Supriyo said that Bollywood has a national responsibility.
“Bollywood is an integral part of that Indianism. It represents India worldwide, hence banning Pakistani artists in Indian films would have also taken the protest against organised terrorism by the rogue nation, worldwide. And, I very clearly recall that such a promise was made when ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ had met protests due to Fawad Khan.”
“And why is Pakistan’s entertainment industry silent over cross-border terrorism.”
“It’s pertinent to note that one cannot recall a single Pakistani artist made famous by Bollywood, condemn terror acts by Pakistan. Enough is enough now, ban them for their only crime, that is being a Pakistani. Let we Indians wear our hearts on our sleeves and let our hearts beat in salutation of the sacrifice of our brave hearts.”
Ishtehar music video:
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