Almost two years after Mahira Khan and Fawad Khan returned to Pakistan following the Uri attack and its backlash, demand for a ban on Pakistani artists in Bollywood is rising yet again and the latest trigger is Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s song, Ishtehaar, in Welcome to New York. According to a Times Now report, the Indian Film and Television Producer Council is seeking a two-year ban on artistes from the neighbouring country.
It all began with singer-turned-politician Babul Supriyo demanding Rahat’s version of the song should be scrapped and an Indian singer should re-record it. “I would request the makers of the film to remove Rahat’s voice and get someone else to dub it. I am also not sure why Atif Aslam got to sing Dil Diya Gallan when for sure our very own Arijit could have done a much better job. The FM stations played the song galore while news channels announced the name of our soldiers martyred by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists,” he had said last week.