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Indian singer Diljit Dosanjh postpones US show promoted by a Pakistani national

Indian singer Diljit Dosanjh postpones US show promoted by a Pakistani national

This comes after India's cine body Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) told him to cancel.
11 Sep, 2019

Earlier today, India's cine body, Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) asked singer and actor, Diljit Dosanjh to cancel his appearance at an upcoming show being promoted by a Pakistani national.

Diljit, who was supposed to perform at the US show on September 21 had been told to “cancel his commitment in the interest, sentiments and dignity of the nation”.

In another letter to the Ministry of External Affairs, FWICE requested that Diljit and his troupe’s visa should be cancelled, just in case he doesn’t cancel the tour.

The Udta Punjab actor took to his Twitter handle and issued a statement regarding the concert, writing that he's postponing the performance and that his contract was with a company called Shri Balaji Entertainment:

FWICE's chief advisor, Ashoke Pandit lauded Diljit for his decision:

A press release shared by FWICE stated, “FWICE is deeply concerned and anguished with our Artists/Singers/Dancers/Anchors and other Performers knowingly performing in Pakistan and Pak performers performing in India despite our strict warnings. We have also come to know from our reliable sources that our Performers in general and Actor, Saif Ali Khan and Singer, Shreya Ghoshal in particular are giving their performances in America at the behest of Mr. Rehan Siddiqi, a Pakistani National, who is also the promoter of the shows.”

It added, “We have just seen a poster of Artist/Singer Mr. Diljit Dosanjh who is giving his performance in a show organised by Mr. Rehan Siddiqi (a Pakistani National). We are also writing to him to cancel this commitment of his in the interest of sentiments & dignity of our Nation.”

The body further shared that they “have zero tolerance for such performers and condemn it as anti-national and unpatriotic bordering to treason with your own country” and that artists “not give priority to monetary considerations and refrain from being a part of any such project.”

Last month, singer Mika was banned by FWICE as well as AICWA (All India Cine Workers Association) for performing at a private event in Karachi, Pakistan. The ban was lifted after the singer publicly apologised at a press conference.

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Skkk Sep 11, 2019 03:48pm
Not good to have politics in arts, education and sports but good for Pak artists to get a chance.
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Jigar Sep 11, 2019 03:50pm
Good move by Indians.
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Helping Hands Sep 11, 2019 03:53pm
Height of paranoia :D
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HashBrown® Sep 11, 2019 03:56pm
Er...who?
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bhaRAT© Sep 11, 2019 04:02pm
RSS fascist pressure evident.
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Ijaz Sep 11, 2019 04:23pm
Art should be without borders. A really petty and juvenile decision. If they want to make India look stupid then they should carry on doing what they are doing
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Insaafian Sep 11, 2019 04:23pm
And that exposes the hate they have... targeting individual Pakistanis. Pakistanis they do not care for you, everything about we were once one nation is all lies.
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conspiracy_theory Sep 11, 2019 04:26pm
Excellent decision!!
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Adnan Kiani Sep 11, 2019 04:26pm
This is the level of hatred they have for us.
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Faisal Sep 11, 2019 04:32pm
Stupidity has no bounds!!
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harry Sep 11, 2019 04:33pm
we are proud of you Diljit
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putho madre Sep 11, 2019 04:40pm
Next Indians will start boycotting Pakistani businesses in the West.
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Ish Sep 11, 2019 04:49pm
Average singer anyway...who would actually pay to listen to him?
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Zarak Sep 11, 2019 04:51pm
the hatred.... sad
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Deepak Sep 11, 2019 05:05pm
So What ! he has so many other concerts lined up. BTW excellent singer.
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Shazad Khalid Sep 11, 2019 05:10pm
So much for democracy!
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dr d ali Sep 11, 2019 05:20pm
disgusting, not surprised at these people, all politics
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Imtiaz Karim Sep 11, 2019 05:28pm
You call your self artist who bring people together. This is mentality of Artists in the Fascist india. Nationalist/ Nationalism is curse to peace.
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gbtusa Sep 11, 2019 05:35pm
Dumb decision.
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Imran Sep 11, 2019 05:41pm
Narrow minds, small hearts.
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Dr. Rafiq Khan Sep 11, 2019 05:52pm
This is democracy?
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Taimoor Sep 11, 2019 06:00pm
He said country first and cancelled it.
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ROCKY Sep 11, 2019 06:04pm
Good
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Alih Sep 11, 2019 06:06pm
Who is surprised? Not me.
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Jamil Soomro, New York City Sep 11, 2019 06:06pm
This ghastly act by FWICE of India was deliberately done to deprive Diljit Dosanjh of his source of income for him and his family only because he is a Sikh?
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haris Sep 11, 2019 06:27pm
"Cancel your contract because the Promoter is of Pakistani origin" Thanks FWICE for making us laugh by turning yourself laughable.
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Azad Insan Sep 11, 2019 06:45pm
So wrong to involve artists to political dramas. In their mind most Indians and Pakistanis in US do not care about both countries conflict.
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Irfan ul Huq Sep 11, 2019 06:46pm
The cost of organizing such shows is tremendous and someone has to compensate for that .Rehan Siddiqi should Sue balaji for every penny that has been spent in organizing the show as well as inconvenience that has been caused. though balaji may be insured against that . then they should send an application to the state department to ban or deny visas of any artist that have renage on their prior commitment and has called harm to us economy and it's people. the Indians should understand that this is not India but USA. Pakistani artist who have signed contract with Indians to perform in USA should also think twice before signing these contracts with Indians who prove themselves to be unreliable on the stage of world.
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Wise Owl Sep 11, 2019 06:48pm
Where is the freedom of expression? Art and culture must NOT be clouded with politics. Shame on FWICE.
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Sanity Sep 11, 2019 07:14pm
FWICE should also ban Indian artists/singers/musicians from blatantly copying Pakistani music breaching copyrights. Where's your national sentiment when you steal Pakistani creative work to mint millions?
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Alam Khan Sep 11, 2019 07:30pm
Those who look towards India for their success would always fail !
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Zain A Khokhar Sep 11, 2019 07:33pm
Never heard of him. But that is okay plenty of replacements out there. Another victim of Modi.
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Akram Sep 11, 2019 07:37pm
I hope he is equally understanding when he’s refused entry to Kartarpur corridor.
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F Sep 11, 2019 07:43pm
Isnt it too much. Gone too far
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Khalid Toronto Sep 11, 2019 07:45pm
Commitments, agreements, contracts, MOUs, etc have no importance. But, the so called "diginity" of the nation is the real deal.
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Ahsan Gul Sep 11, 2019 07:49pm
Sikh community and population love Pakistan and we in Pakistan consider them as our brothers. Sikh being a minority in Hindu India is a sensitive topic. We know how Hindus are prejudice and hateful recognized in the world. So if some Sikh artists refuses to perform or participate in Pakistani functions is understood and accepted as their honest excuse.
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Sami Sep 11, 2019 07:59pm
Like it’s a big loss! Petty and small actions of petty and small people.
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jaredlee007 Sep 11, 2019 08:00pm
But he will fly in flights that go over Pakistani airspace. What a non-sense publicity stunt.
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Tony Soprano Sep 11, 2019 08:06pm
Good decision, country first.
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zia Sep 11, 2019 08:27pm
why cannot promoter find a Pakistani singer?
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Asif A. Shah Sep 11, 2019 08:34pm
Where it would lead to?
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Sid Sep 11, 2019 08:37pm
Diljit should have the courage to speak out against the cruelty being dished out to Kashmiris - in his videos he comes across fearless and just - but reality is a different story altogether... Him living in Punjab and so close to Kashmir - he knows exactly what is going on yet doesn’t speak up - shame.
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Sayyar Khan Sep 11, 2019 08:39pm
Nice going. RSS supporters. Showing True colors finally.
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Rush Sahota Sep 11, 2019 08:47pm
Shameful restrictions!
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Jawwad Sep 11, 2019 08:48pm
In the interest of sentiments & dignity of our Nation. You mean by in the interest of Modi and RSS.
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gullu Badsha Sep 11, 2019 08:49pm
In order to continue living in India these are the taxes one has to pay.
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H L Sep 11, 2019 08:50pm
wow.. what an example of shinning india. The tolerant one. You will get what you deserve as a nation. Zulum jata haad say bara jata hai tu mitt jata hai. Long live Pakistan and pray that Pak get itself on right track.
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Tamanna Sep 11, 2019 08:56pm
India's close mindedness at its peak.
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St Mercury Sep 11, 2019 09:33pm
That is not good either country. Music and arts bring people together.
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isha Sep 11, 2019 09:38pm
isnt he technically a US national to be able to promote shows in US?. well expats had this coming since they favor Bollywood over local stars to make money .
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Sparta Sep 11, 2019 10:22pm
That is pure intimidation by FWICE. I can't believe they are a federation for cine employees. They should be the ones standing up for artists who wants to build the bridge of peace by moving their talent across borders. Only art and cultural exchange can eliminate the hatred of selected few from both sides.
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Marlin US Sep 11, 2019 10:48pm
Oh so now these cheap "nationalistic" hindus are taking this route. Rehan Siddiqui is a friend of mine. He is a US citizen, has been a US citizen for many decades. The most neutral guy I have ever met. He treats everybody with respect irrespective of their nationality. He is one of the biggest promoter of these events. The Pakistanis are NOT just any minority in the South. When they start boycotting Indian goods in the grocery stores, you will notice in India. I think Pakistanis should do this. Overflights banned in Pakistan, product ban in US and Europe, bad days are approaching.
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indRAT Sep 11, 2019 11:03pm
Grow up man and stop this petty hatred in the name of nationalism and patriotism
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Amir Sep 11, 2019 11:39pm
The Hindus should also leave the Muslim countries in middle east
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Sardar Suri Sep 12, 2019 12:25am
Well done Diljeet! You supported your country and that is honorable.
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isha Sep 12, 2019 01:38am
so whats next india putting sign boards outside cinema screens around the world showing Bollywood " Pakistani's not allowed"
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Seedoo Sep 12, 2019 02:07am
Why so much hatred toward Pakistanis? I don't understand this degenerative mindset of Indians. Ok, so you have a problem with Pakistani government or military. Does this mean, you need to hate each and every Pakistani, including anyone living abroad? Pakistanis and Indians generally live in peace and harmony outside of Subcontinent. Please do not try and poison the atmosphere outside of your cesspool of hatred and bigotry.
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Hakim Sep 12, 2019 03:10am
Looks like Indian authorities are all out to nullify any people to people contact with anything related to Pakistan. Not a bright future for the regional peace
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Khalil Sep 12, 2019 03:32am
Don't worry brother Daljit we understand. This is another example of state oppression like in Kashmir. You are not living in a free society and the world knows that you have to obey the orders of the racist hindu govt in order to survive.
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Sceptic Sep 12, 2019 03:39am
And I thought art and culture are above political boundaries and politics. India's magnanimity seems to be inversely proportional to its size.
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MALIK W AHMAD Sep 12, 2019 03:45am
Not that I disrespect his artistic ability, but who is he?
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Akil Akhtar Sep 12, 2019 04:25am
Indians are extremely narrow minded....
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Saeed Sep 12, 2019 04:42am
What a pity on the most acclaimed democracy of the world
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Abbas Syed Sep 12, 2019 05:00am
What other avenues have been left out to advances mutual hatred.
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Asif A. Shah Sep 12, 2019 05:28am
Despite the differences in political opinions, it should not have happened. I am a bit saddened by this news.
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Salman Khan Sep 12, 2019 06:13am
How childish and nonsecular. Hinduvita strikes again.
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Najma Hisham Sep 12, 2019 08:23am
its always a shame when artists get caught in politics.
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Umair Altaf Sep 12, 2019 08:45am
Indian Mentality
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Majid Ali Sep 12, 2019 09:31am
There are better Pakistani perfpormer than this one. T
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Shahid Sep 12, 2019 09:40am
Who cares ???.......
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rajkumar Sep 12, 2019 09:52am
Daljit was informed,i think that was good enough,but writing to ministery i think was not required.
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KB Sep 12, 2019 09:52am
Hope Pakistani people and esp Pakistani media will learn something from this and stop being crazy about India movies, celebrates and news. But they will not!
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Noor Khan Sep 12, 2019 11:07am
Proclaimed Big Nation with very narrow mentality.
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DK PAMNANI Sep 12, 2019 11:32am
THANK YOU DILJIT. PATRIOTIC ACTION,
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Ravi Sanku Sep 12, 2019 11:55am
Too bad. Politics shouldn't impact the cultural alliance.
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Saif Zulfiqar Sep 12, 2019 12:14pm
Now the artists are being blackmailed by the Modi government.
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JUR Sep 13, 2019 08:30am
I am Pakistani and love his movies and songs. His decision was right in leu of his country situation. But, it’s exposing hatred mindset of government who is forcing these artists not to perform. Ultimately burden comes on singer not on the govt. and such great performers face the criticism. To be honest, Diljit is my favorite actor in Punjabi cinema, movies like jut and juliet, Punjab 1984,
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