Even as a diplomatic war wages between India and Pakistan in the aftermath of the Uri attacks that left 18 of our military personnel dead, the movement to evict artistes from across the border has gained momentum here.
Even as protests against Pakistani actors Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan — who are part of the Bollywood films Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Raees, respectively — have become ever more shrill, it is Pakistani musicians who are already feeling the heat.
Over Wednesday, 28 September, news emerged that at least two concerts by Pakistani artistes had been scrapped.
The first was a Shafqat Amanat Ali concert planned in Bengaluru for 30 September, and the other was an Atif Aslam performance that was to take place in Gurgaon.
Aslam's gig was supposed to take place on 15 October. It was reportedly cancelled after members of the Akhil Bhartiya Hindu Kranti Dal approached deputy commissioner of Gurgaon TL Satyaprakash with their demand that the concert be called off. In view of a potential law and order situation, the organisers then decided to defer Aslam's concert.
Shafqat Amanat Ali's Bengaluru concert too came under fire from the Vishwa Hindu Parisht (VHP) and Bajrang Dal. The parties met with the city police commissioner, asking that permission to the event be denies.
However, Radio Mirchi — the organisers of the concert — pointed out that the event had already been cancelled on 20 September, much before these groups asked for a boycott, and that sales of the tickets had been withdrawn.
In the meantime, a Rahat Fateh Ali Khan song has been removed from TP Agaarwal's film Laali Ki Shaadi Mein Laddoo Deewana. The song will now be recorded by an Indian artiste.