Indian and Pakistani artists in an attempt to keep their audience entertained during the lockdown drew the attention of Federation Of Western India Cine Employees. An official statement was issued by FWICE which asks the the Indian artists to not collaborate with Pakistani artists.
The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) said in a statement, “Artistes were seen collaborating with Pakistani singer, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. We are pained to inform all members that FWICE has issued a total non-cooperation circular advising all members not to work in any manner whatsoever with all Pakistani artistes, singers, and technicians.”
It continued “We have to strictly inform all the members of our affiliates to kindly note that the Non- Cooperation Circular is valid and subsisting and anyone found cooperating or working in any manner with any Pakistani artistes, singers, and technicians, in any mode or media of entertainment, will be subject to strict disciplinary action initiated by FWICE. Everyone, please note,” the statement added.
The reason for such a statement was because Ali Sethi had been arranging online collaborations with known Indian artists. He even got the legendary Farida Lhanum to sing with Rekha Bhardwaj. This wave was followed by te online collaboration between Rahat Fateh Ali Khan of Pakistani Hardsheep Kaur and Vijay Arora.
It highlighted, “Some members are blatantly violating the non-cooperation circular by working in various mode and media of entertainment like a recent instance in which our musicians have worked online with singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan of Pakistan, which is being seen online. We have been informed that more such entertainment products and songs are being planned and made.”
This is yet another display of India’s extreme and conservative mindset which does not even allow to leverage the artists of both countries to entertain their audience.