AICWA joins FWICE in calling for a blanket ban on Pakistani artists
By Bryan Durham - February 18, 2019
In light of the Pulwama terror attack, The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) and the All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) have called for a complete ban on Pakistani artists in India.
Both Indian artist bodies have made it clear that anyone who works or insists on working with them will be banned by their groups.
“All Indian Cine Workers Association strongly condemns brutal terrorist attack on our soldiers at Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir. Our heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims. AICWA stands with nation in confronting such terror and inhumanity. Were officially announcing a total ban on Pakistani Actors and Artists working in Film Industry. Still if any organisation insist on working with Pakistani Artists will be banned by AICWA and a strong action will be taken against them. Nation comes first, we stand with our nation”, read the AICWA statement.
Ashoke Pandit, Chief Advisor of FWICE, said to Mumbai Mirror said that their’s an “inviolable diktat” and those who will go against it will also be banned by FWICE. “Those producers who insist on working with artistes from Pakistan will be banned by the FWICE. We’re officially announcing the inviolable diktat. All those music companies that still insist on using artistes from across the border in spite of repeated attacks on our country, should be ashamed of themselves. Since they are showing no shame, we will have to force them to back down,” Pandit told the tabloid.