Welcome to New York: Director in ‘stress’ as BJP MP wants Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice removed

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The debate whether Pakistani artistes should be allowed to work in Indian Entertainment industry, had died down in between. However, ahead of the release of  ‘Welcome To New York’, a film consisting of an ensemble cast, has stirred the debate, although unwillingly.


Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan lent his voice to a soulful number titled ‘Ishtehaar’. BJP MP and singer Babul Supriyo, to this, demanded that his voice be removed. This has put director Chakri Toleti under pressure. (Also Read: ‘Smiley’ from ‘WTNY’: Arjun, Shahid, Taapsee and more go ROFL in this goofy number)

“I don’t understand why we are being targeted like this. Our film Welcome To New York releases this Friday and this is just too much stress. We have made an entertaining film and we don’t want to hurt anyone,” Chakri stated.

As the film gears up to hit the screens on coming 23rd February, the makers might take necessary steps to ensure a smooth release.

‘Welcome To New York’ stars Karan Johar, Diljit Dosanjh, Sonakshi Sinha, Riteish Deshmukh, Boman Irani, Lara Dutta, Sushant Singh Rajput and Rana Daggubati; and looks like a rib-tickling comedy.