Atif Aslam isn’t just out of ‘Notebook’, but ‘Bharat’, too!
By Bryan Durham - February 19, 2019
Following the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on February 14, the All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) and the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) announced a total ban on Pakistani artists and actors working in India. The most obvious singer affected by these developments is Pakistani singer Atif Aslam, who is out of not one, but at least two films, both Salman Khan productions: Bharat and Notebook.
We recently heard that Salman Khan asked his production team at Salman Khan Films to replace singer Atif Aslam on the Notebook soundtrack. Notebook, helmed by Nitin Kakkar sees Pranutan Bahl debut opposite Zaheer Iqbal. Most of the film’s scenes are being extensively shot in Kashmir. The song re-recording will take place in a day or two.
Our sources now tell us, “Vishal-Shekhar were flying to Dubai to dub Atif Aslam for Bharat but they cancelled at the last minute after hearing of the tragedy.”
Concludes the source, “This isn’t the end of it. A lot of producers may deny this, but there were several songs with Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan in the pipeline, all of which now have to be re-dubbed.
That’s not it, Atif’s latest official non-film single Baarishein, composed by Arko, has dropped off search results on YouTube and from what we hear, the single has been deleted.
The ban is in effect, people!