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Pulwama attack: FWICE and IFTDA protest and demand ban on Pakistani artistes
Back in 2016 when there was a militant attack in Uri, Bollywood banned the Pakistani artistes in Indian films. Since then Pakistani singers and actors were not allowed to act or sing in Bollywood movies. And now post the Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14, the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) and Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA), protested today at Filmcity in Goregaon. The protest saw the presence of junior artistes, editors, make-up men and others.
Amitabh Bachchan was reportedly shooting for ‘Brahmastra’ and an ad along with cricketers Virendra Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh, VVS Laxman and Suresh Raina, but it was stopped by FWICE and IFTDA to protest against the attack. The cricketers stopped shooting and also joined the protest along with the organisations.
PTI quoted Sehwag saying, “Whatever we say or do will perhaps be less for the soldiers and their daily. We can only thank them and should do whatever can to help them. We are pained but are hopeful for a better time for all of us in the future.”
Condemning the incident, President of IFTDA, Ashoke Pandit said, “We won’t let any film release which has even a song by any Pakistani singer, forget about actors. We will take strong action if we come to know anything.”
He further said, “We won’t let Pakistan-lover Navjot Singh Sidhu, and others like him, to work in the country. As a federation, we won’t let any anti-national work here, we are clear about it.”
Meanwhile, Bhushan Kumar has pulled down all the Pakistani songs from his T-Series’ YouTube channel after MNS’ Warning to music companies.
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