After the Pulwama terror attack, which killed 40 CRPF soldiers on February 14, Bollywood has decided not to work with Pakistani artists anymore. In fact, many music labels have decided to drop Pakistani singers from their existing and upcoming projects. It was said that Vishal-Shekhar, who have composed music for Salman Khan-starrer Bharat too, have apparently decided to replace singers in some of their songs of the film.
“We have not recorded any songs with Pakistani singers for Bharat and we have decided not to collaborate with them for any forthcoming projects,” said Shekhar.
Explaining his stand further, he said, “Personally, I feel it is not appropriate to get associated with them. At this point of time, the issue in front of the Nation is bigger and it should be solved. What needs to be done by the government is to find some solution to this situation because our soldiers are fighting for our security and sacrificing their lives for us. It is horrible to even think about their families.”
In their last collaboration, director Ali Abbas Zafar, Salman Khan and Vishal-Shekhar have delivered the hit Jag Ghoomeya, which was sung by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Earlier, reports suggested that Pakistani singer Atif Aslam was reportedly been removed from Notebook, a film produced by Salman Khan Films, following the blanket ban on Pakistani artistes imposed by All India Cine Workers’ Association.
The producers associated with the film have reportedly decided to contribute Rs 22 lakh for the families of martyrs of the terror attack. According to a Pinkvilla report, Salman Khan Films and Cine 1 Films made a joint statement, “Our entire crew could shoot safely in the Valley primarily due to the efforts of the Indian Army, the CRPF and also the people of Kashmir, who have constantly ensured that law and order prevail in the region even under the most extreme circumstances. We offer our prayers for the victims and extend our heartfelt condolences to their families.”
It further added that Atif Aslam’s song is all set to be re-recorded soon with a new singer.
(Story by Sonali Joshi Pitale)