Udit Narayan and Kumar Sanu stand with India

The FWICE issued a notice to the singers for agreeing to perform at a US show promoted by a Pakistani national

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Udit Narayan and Kumar Sanu

The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) on Wednesday issued notices to singers Udit Narayan, Kumar Sanu and Alka Yagnik to cancel their show promoted by a Pakistani national Moazzma Hunain. The singers were scheduled to perform in Dallas, USA, on November 17 at an event called Throwback 90s.

This is not the first time that the FWICE has issued notices. Punjabi artistes Diljit Dosanjh and Mika Singh were also pulled up for similar reasons. The Udta Punjab star was asked to cancel his upcoming performance in the US on September 21, which was reportedly organised by a Pakistani national, Rehan Siddiqi. Diljit clarified the matter by adding that his dealing for the show in Houston was with an entertainment network and not with the Pakistani national, as alleged in the body’s letter. The Soorma actor further claimed that he will postpone his show in the US. Mika was banned for performing in Pakistan and after apologising for his mistake, the ban was lifted by the body.

Alka Yagnik

FWICE in their letter have stated, “Back of the tensions prevailing with our neighbours, more so after abrogation of Article 370, FWICE which holds the the dignity of our country as paramountly important, has time and again informed the members of the film fraternity to abstain from associating with a Pakistani National in any platform of cultural or professional activities in Pakistan or in any part of the world.”

Udit Narayan told After Hrs that he wasn’t aware of the presence of a Pakistani national, and won’t be doing the show now. The singer said, “Yes, I have received the notice from the FWICE. When I had signed the contract two-three months back, I had made it clear that I won’t be doing the show if any Pakistani is involved in it. I will also issue a written statement to the FWICE. I have received the highest civilian awards from the government (Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan) and won’t be doing anything ever that ruins the reputation of India.”

Veteran singer Kumar Sanu wasn’t aware of the notice issued by the FWICE when we spoke to him. He said, “I haven’t received any letter as of now, and I’m not aware of this development. I’m hearing about this first from you. Let me go through the letter and then I’ll respond on my next step.” However, when we tried calling him again, there was no response from him till the time of going to press. All the same, the artiste had emphasised, “I will always stand with India and will not be involved in any activity promoted by Pakistanis.”

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