Singer-turned-Union minister Babul Supriyo says Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s song that features in a Bollywood flick Welcome To New York must be removed and dubbed by someone else.
Renowned actor Salman Khan apparently got Arijit Singh’s voice replaced in Tiger Zinda Hai, and he is said to have done it again for Welcome To New York.
Supriyo says that he is unable to understand the need or requirement of cross border entertainment content especially at a time when the tensions between India and Pakistan have only escalated.
“If that’s true, 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 said.
According to Supriyo he does not have a problem with Rahat or Atif as singers themselves. However, he explained,
“Atif as an artist sounds great in Dil Diya Gallan and Rahat is a great singer too. But it’s important to clarify that our problem is not with the artists Atif or Rahat, but with their Pakistani nationality. It’s not a political stand but probably the families who have lost their sons, brothers, fathers would feel a lot better should the entire country show solidarity in any manner possible.”
Supriyo further added, “It’s pertinent to note that one cannot recall a single Pakistani artist made famous by Bollywood, condemn terror acts by Pakistan. Enough is enough now, ban them for their only crime, that is being a Pakistani. Let we Indians wear our hearts on our sleeves and let our hearts beat in salutation of the sacrifice of our brave hearts.”