Indian composer defends Pakistani singer's Bollywood song


After saying that Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam should be banned for being Pakistanis in the Bollywood industry, Indian singer turned minister Babul Supriyo has called for a "temporary" ban on Pakistani artistes.

"Ishtehaar" from the film "Welcome To New York" which has been sung by singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Dhvani Bhanushali and composed by Shamir Tandon with lyrics penned by Charanjeet Charan.

Bhagnani said, "We made this song around 8-9 months ago".

"No writer, actor, thinker, singer, philosopher or filmmaker can be compared to a soldier who takes the flying bullets in his chest so that we can stay being a free country". Our film Welcome To New York releases this Friday and this is just too much stress. He said he was not able to comprehend the need or desire to cross the border for entertainment content at a time when tensions on the India-Pakistan border had escalated.

"As an artiste I do feel that there are no boundaries to art".

The popular singer took to Twitter and said that "music has no boundaries". Supriyo meanwhile maintained that he's not speaking on behalf of any of the fringe groups and it is his own opinion that "We have been magnanimous enough all these years towards Pakistani artists". While director of the film "Welcome to.' Chakri Toleti has said that they are yet to decide the fate of the song, Rahat - who has been singing for Bollywood films since 2003 - has responded to the backlash with a tweet. And I think the Bollywood, which is a strong medium in itself, should take a stand as well on this issue".

Supriyo had further said that the promises that were made by the film fraternity ahead of the release of Karan Johar's flick Ae Dil Hai Mushkil were not fulfilled. I don't understand why we are being targeted like this. "But given the incessant violation of cease fire and specially the barbaric and brutal way our soldiers are being killed, it's time we restrained from giving work to Pakistani artists".