The Federation of Film Workers of West India (FWICE) has warned Indian singers and musicians against working with Pakistani artists amid the coronavirus lockdown. The Federation recently issued a strict warning and said failure to comply with the directive would result in “strict disciplinary action”.
Amid the lockdown, several musicians from both countries collaborated on social media. Pakistani Ali Sethi regularly hosts live sessions and has so far interacted and jammed with Vishal and Rekha Bhardwaj, Varun Grover and Shilpa Rao. During the session with Vishal and Rekha Bhardwaj, Sethi even brought in the legendary singer Farida Khanum to sing a few lines.
FWICE only issued the directive when a session with Harshdeep Kaur and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was brought to its attention.
“We are saddened to inform all members that, although they are fully aware that FWICE has issued a circular of total non-cooperation advising all members not to work in any way with all artists, Pakistani singers and technicians, some members blatantly violate the non-circular of cooperation, ”reads a letter from FWICE.
The letter stated that Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s concert was not the only example. “We have been informed that other entertainment products and songs are being planned and manufactured. We must strictly advise all of our affiliate members to kindly note that the non-cooperation circular is valid and persisting and that anyone found cooperating or working in any manner with any Pakistani artist, singer and technician, regardless of mode or entertainment media, will be subject to strict disciplinary action, ”the letter said.
“You also have to realize that while the whole world is fighting the coronavirus, Pakistan is still busy killing our soldiers at the borders. Please note that no violation of this circular will be allowed and we are sure that all members will follow our advice in their own best interests, ”he added.
Pakistani artists were banned from working in India after the Uri attacks in 2016, in which 18 soldiers were killed and several others injured.