Shiv Sena who? — Ghulam Ali to sing for Mahesh Bhatt's 'Milne Do'

Shiv Sena who? — Ghulam Ali to sing for Mahesh Bhatt's 'Milne Do'

The singer had to cancel his performances in Bombay and Delhi earlier this year due to threats from the extremist party
06 Nov, 2015

FIlmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, who has always spoken out about Pakistan and India working together, announced yesterday that he has roped in Ghulam Ali to sing for his upcoming play, 'Milne Do’.

According to Indian Express, Bhatt shared, "He (Ghulam Ali) has been approached and he has gracefully agreed to lend his voice and be a part of the peace endeavour through performing arts. I can’t say whether he will come to India or not, but he will certainly sing a song which will be a part of the play.”

After facing resistance by Shiv Sena, a Hindu extremist party in Maharashtra last month, the ghazal singer cancelled his concert in Delhi, saying that he won’t return to or perform in the country until “things are settled down”.

His scheduled shows in Mumbai, Pune and Delhi also had to be called off because members of the party had threatened to disrupt the performances.

The 67-year-old director added: "Ghulam Ali sahab, a world icon, has been a ghazal king for years and has been coming to our country for many years. He had an unpleasant experience here in India and we personally, the government — both in Maharashtra and at the Centre — have without any hesitation conceded that was not the right kind of treatment.”

This isn't the first time the duo will be working together: Ali previously sang a song for the 1990 movie, Awaargi.

Read: Ghulam Ali cancels Delhi concert, says he won't perform until relations with Pak improve

Bhatt, who has been encouraging cultural dialogue between artists of the two estranged nations thought it would be most appropriate to use “his voice as the glue to stitch the nations together through this play”.

Earlier this year, the filmmaker took the stage production based on his 1989 film Daddy to Pakistan and also flew down to Lahore for the premiere of Humayun Saeed'sJawani Phir Nahi Ani.

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Also read: Is Mahesh Bhatt making a film in Pakistan?

Milne Do is a love story between two individuals from different religions during intolerant times and will be staged on 24 April next year, then continue to travel to different cities of India and Pakistan.

Laal Band from Pakistan has composed the music and will perform live during the play and it has been penned by Suhrita, the writer of Hamari Adhuri Kahani.

More: Pakistan, India come together in new play 'Milne Do'


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Jay Nov 06, 2015 06:03pm
I am not altogether unhappy about the developments. Although Mr.Ali should acknowledge the old adage "never say never".
Divergence Nov 06, 2015 06:23pm
Well one should abstain from commenting on anything related to this exchange of artists, they are free spirits, set them free.
Fried Chillies Nov 06, 2015 07:00pm
Considering Mahesh Bhatt's current reputation as a film maker Iam sure Ghulam Ali sahib feels its much better to be famous for someone who has been opposed by Shiv Sena than be a part of Mahesh Bhatt's effort. As a Ghazal singer you are well respected in all corners of India Ghulam Ali ji
obivankanobi Nov 06, 2015 07:03pm
Now its Mahesh,s turn to face the Sena wrath. But he has always been fearless.
asif Nov 06, 2015 09:06pm
See YouTube hate speech videos gainst Hindus by maheshbutt
Changez_Khan Nov 06, 2015 09:54pm
Oh No. Now Shiv Sena will tell Mahesh Bhatt to move to Pakistan.
Bravos Nov 06, 2015 09:58pm
Mahesh Bhatt ,Kulkarni ,are exceptional nice guys in India,who are really secular,and friendly towards Pakistan. Ghulam Ali will perform as and when required by Mahesh Bhatt.
Jayakumar Nov 06, 2015 10:54pm
He should have demamded better security & carried on. By cancelling the concerts he has given into the Shiv Sena.
Junaid Nov 06, 2015 11:07pm
This is a decent way of slapping Shin-Sena on the face, leaving marks of all 5 fingers.
adnan Nov 07, 2015 12:31am
why no such thing happens when indians visit even for business or tourism? in 2004 or 3, whichever when india was playing pak in Pakistan and in lahore visas were fully relaxed people had just hopped in buses and trains and were roaming freely in huge market places and restaurants and nobody was even looking twice! sikhs are for some strange reason more wellcome here and many have taken pakistan as a home
Jawad Nov 07, 2015 02:50am
I simply love mr.Mahesh Bhatt. He is the only sane person in India