BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has issued a stern warning to Indian artistes against collaborating with Pakistani artistes, singers and technicians, even on the digital platforms, while adding that “cooperating or working in any manner with any Pakistani artistes, singers and technicians, in any mode or media of entertainment will be subject to strict disciplinary action.”
An excerpt from the official statement issued in the matter by FWICE reads, “We have to strictly inform all the members of our affiliates to kindly note that the Non-Cooperation Circular is valid and subsisting and anyone found cooperating or working in any manner with any Pakistani artistes, singers and technicians, in any mode of media of Entertainment will be subjected to strict disciplinary action initiated by FWICE which everyone may please note.”
Bollywood trade analyst Taran Adarsh posted the FWICE statement on Twitter.
— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) April 12, 2020
Pakistani artistes were banned from working in India after the 2016 Uri attack, in which 18 soldiers were killed and several others injured. There were widespread protests against Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) and Rahul Dholakia’s Raees (2017) for featuring Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan, respectively. The films were shot with Pakistani actors before the ban was announced.