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Bollywood Should Deny Opportunities To Pak Artists: Babul Supriyo

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| February 19 , 2018 , 13:21 IST

Renowned singer and Union Minister Babul Supriyo had majorly made headlines for all wrong reasons and his latest statement is no different. The 'Chori Chori Chupke Chupke' hitmaker apparently has an issue with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's nationality and wants his voice removed from all Bollywood songs.

Many reports suggest that Bollywood's Bhaijaan Salman Khan has taken the celebrated Pakistani artist under his wing. Upon the actor's request, the makers replaced Arijit Singh’s voice in Tiger Zinda Hai and the act was repeated for Chakri Toleti's upcoming Welcome To New York which displeased Supriyo to a great extent.

"I would request the makers of 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," he said.

The singer-turned-politician is unhappy with Bollywood encouraging Pakistan artists by providing them with opportunities. He feels that the industry should abide by the ban issued towards artists from the Muslim-majority nation in wake of 2016 Uri Attacks and pay respect to the soldiers who lost their lives in the incident.

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"At the time of the release of film 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' promises were made saying that Pak artists would not be given work in India, that promise is not being kept. I think the time has come when we should take a stand, Pak artists should not get work opportunities in Bollywood," the Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises said.

Appealing the Hindi film industry to stand up against the entry of Pakistani artists in India, Supriyo clarified his stand has nothing to do government and is rather an individual opinion. He further expressed his incapability in understanding the need for reaching Pak artists for Entertainment purposes when the relations between two countries are the best.

Wondering "why is Pakistan's entertainment industry silent over cross-border terrorism," Surpiyo noted, "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."

Given the title of Most Favourite Nation (MFN) provided to Pakistan by India, Supriyo's call for banning Pakistani artists because of "their only crime, that is being a Pakistani" has raised many eyebrows. As a Minister of Union Cabinet, his statement contradicts government policies which can cause trouble for the ruling party in a long run.