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Film City ban on Sidhu after Pulwama remark

Feb 25, 2019
MUMBAI: The Federation of Western India Cine Employees has urged a ban on the cricketer-turned-politician and Punjab Minister, Navjot Singh Sidhu, from entering the Mumbai Fim City premises, DNA reported.

The federation had earlier banned Pakistani artists from working in India and release of Indian films in Pakistan in reaction to the terrorist attack on CRPF convoy in Pulwama killing 40 jawans. Pakistan has long been accused of harbouring terrorists.

While commenting on the February 14 attack in Pulwama, Sidhu had said on the The Kapil Sharma Show that an entire nation (Pakistan) and its people should not be blamed for the deeds of a few men. His remark had created a huge furore and subsequently he was sacked from the show.

There has been hashtags like #SackSidhu, #BoycottKapilSharmaShow and #UnsubscribeSontyTV doing the rounds on Twitter. Archana Puran Singh replaced him on the show.

However, according to another report, the Indian Film and Television Directors' Association president Ashoke Pandit said, "Film City cannot ban him from entering. He can move around in Film City as much as he wants, but our workers and technicians won't work with him. This is an indefinite ban."

AICWA statement:

Earlier, the All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) had announced a blanket ban on Pakistani artistes and actors working in the Indian film industry. A statement issued by the AICWA on February 18 said, "All India Cine Workers strongly condemns brutal terrorist attack on our soldiers at Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir. Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims, AICWA stands with nation in confronting such terror and inhumanity.

"We're officially announcing a total ban on Pakistani Actors and Artists working in Film Industry. Still if any organisation insist on working with Pakistani Artists will be banned by AICWA and a strong action will be taken against them.

"Nation comes first, we stand with our nation," the statement said.

Raj Thackeray-led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) had earlier warned record labels to drop Pakistani singers. Subsequently T-Series music company unlisted two of their newly-released songs in which they had collaborated with Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.

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