The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has written to singers Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik and Kumar Sanu to delink themselves from participating in an event organised by a Pakistani national Moazzma Hunain in the US on November 17.
#FWICE makes an appeal to singers #KumarSanu #UditNarayan & #AlkaYagnik to withdraw form below mentioned show in America which is organised by a Pak. National Moazzama Hussain. We hope that all the 3 rspctd singers will adhere to our requests. pic.twitter.com/tLJZ0OCj4r
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) September 18, 2019
In a letter written to the artists, the FWICE said that owing to the tensions prevailing between India and Pakistan, more so after abrogation of Article 370, the FWICE has insisted that the members abstain from associating with Pakistani national on any platform of cultural or professional activities in Pakistan or any part of the world. “Dignity of our country is paramountly important,” the letter reads.
Earlier this month, the FWICE had asked singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh to not perform in a show promoted by a Pakistani national Rehan Siddiqui. Dosanjh posted a message on Twitter informing that he will postpone his US tour while denying any link between the show and any Pakistani national. He ended the message with “I love my country and will always stand for the greater interest of the nation”.
Earlier, singer Mika Singh was banned and boycotted by All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) after facing severe backlash on Twitter for his performance at an event hosted by Pervez Musharraf’s kin in Pakistan. He has been banned to perform in India by FWICE as well. However, Congress leader and actress Shilpa Shinde had supported Mika Singh and also challenged the federation to stop her if they can from performing in Pakistan.
Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) is a film industry worker’s union based in Mumbai. It has over 5,00,000 members, and it is the mother body of over 20 organisations related to various crafts of TV and cinema.