Punjabi sensation Diljit Dosanjh has been asked by a cine body, Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE), to not perform at a show in the US that is being promoted by a Pakistani national, Rehan Siddiqi.
Diljit was supposed to perform at the show on September 21. The federation also wrote a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs to cancel Diljit and his troupe’s visa in case the artistes fail to accept their request.
Diljit Dosanjh asked to cancel US show promoted by Pakistani National
A press release shared by FWICE states, “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 organized 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.”
Federation of Western India Cine Employees writes to Ministry of External Affairs to “cancel the visa of singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh who accepted the invitation of a Pakistan National Rehan Siddiqi for a performance in America of September 21.” pic.twitter.com/BVlgFb8J6F
— ANI (@ANI) September 11, 2019
Diljit issued a statement on Wednesday stating that “he was not aware of any such intimation by the federation before today. My contract is only with Shri Balaji Entertainment. My dealings and agreement are with them only and nobody else mentioned in the federation letter”.
“However, in lieu of the letter by the FWICE I have decided to postpone my Houston show at this time. I love my country and will always stand for the greater interest of the Nation INDIA,” he added.
— DILJIT DOSANJH (@diljitdosanjh) September 11, 2019
Last month, singer Mika Singh was banned from the Indian film industry by the All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) for performing at an event in Karachi, Pakistan. The event in Pakistan was organised by former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf’s close relative. Mika later apologised.