AICWA says ‘no one in India will work with Mika’, but is THAT true?
By Bandook - August 14, 2019
Mika Singh has been in the news for the wrong reasons yet again. The singer faced backlash on social media for performing at the wedding of a relative of former Pakistani Prime Minister Pervez Musharraf, at a time when there are heightened tensions between India and Pakistan.
Not just that, Pakistan has banned Bollywood films from being screened in its theatres after the Indian government scrapped Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which grants the state of Jammu and Kashmir special status and made Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh separate Union Territories under Central Rule.
Now, the All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) has issued a statement against the popular singer stating that they are banning and boycotting Mika from the Indian film industry (See image below)…
The association talks about taking a “tuff” stand against Mika and claims that it is “immediately boycotting all his association with movie production houses and music companies and online music content providers” for his actions.
It further states that “AICWA workers will make sure that no one in India works with Mika Singh and if anyone does, they will face legal consequences in the court of law”.
It accuses the singer of “putting money above the nation” and “profession over nation pride (sic)” and has requested the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to “intervene and act legally on the singer”.
Well, here’s the thing… to assume that AICWA has the power to issue bans and ensure that their bans and boycotts are followed through is to assume that as of this moment, NO streaming service — audio or video — or broadcast medium — TV, radio and film — will play Mika’s music.
Go check it out. That’s not the case.
In fact, as a source who does not wish to be named pointed out, AICWA is neither the statutory body that is authorised to make decisions on behalf of the industry nor is it the association with the most members to effect a ban/boycott.
Say what you will about Mika’s decision to perform in Pakistan and the timing of it and the reasons for it, but to think that a ban will be put in effect, unless the Indian government wishes it, is just plain conjecture at this point.
We leave you with the video of the “offending performance” and a comment that sums up the mood, in general.>