The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (film and arts employees’ union) has now warned two Indian promotors in North America to cancel their forthcoming shows. Promoters Karl Kalra and Nirmal Dhaliwal have been instructed to do so as the artist they are promoting, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is of Pakistani origin.
Last month Mika Singh was in trouble over going to Pakistan to perform. Diljit Dosanjh was also caught up wrongly in this Indo/Pak controversy. Now Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s US and Canada tour is in jeopardy.
“We have already given our directive that no Indian artist/singer/dancer/anchor/performer and last but not least, promoter would work with [Pakistani] nationals and [Pakistani] artists in view of the current alarming situation between the two countries,” reads the notice.
“It is, therefore, our humble request to both of you to immediately cancel the above shows to maintain the dignity and honour of your country. You are India, for which you should be proud.”
The notice also mentions that in case the promoters don’t cancel the shows, no Indian artists, singers, dancers, anchors, performers or promoters would ever work with them again.
A few days before asking the promoters to cancel their tour with Khan, the organisation had issued a notice to singers Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik, and Kumar Sanu for performing at an event in USA which was organised by a Pakistani.