The Federation Of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has sent a notice to Indian promoters Karl Kalra & Nirmal Dhaliwal to cancel their show with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan.
Upon discovering the poster for the USA and Canada based event which features the singer, FWICE stated in their notice, “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.”
“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.”
They added, “In case if you don’t cancel the shows of Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and go against the sentiments of Indians, no Indian Artist/ Singer/ dancer/ Anchor, Performer/ Promoter would ever work with you anywhere in the entire world.”
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has not commented on the matter as of yet.
After Diljit Dosanjh postponed his US tour on request of FWICE, the association has been keeping an eye out on similar instances.
A few days before asking the promoters to cancel their tour with RFAK, FWICE 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.
Said FWICE in its letter to the singers, “Having learnt that you along with your contemporaries are scheduled to perform in USA on 17 November, 2019 that is organised by a Pakistani national Moazzma Hunain, We at FWICE are requesting for your reversal step that would delink your participation from the said event.”
“Needless to add here that you all are acclaimed singers of India and have garnered enormous people from this country. Guess you would reciprocate the same sentiments with your countrymen and not throw open any ground for disharmony and displeasures arising out of any adverse eventuality in the future,” the letter further read.