August 14 (India Today) – Two days after the video of Mika Singh performing live at the wedding festivities of Pervez Musharraf’s relative in Karachi went viral, the singer has been banned and boycotted by All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA).
AICWA, in a statement released on Tuesday, said that they have taken the decision of boycotting the singer’s association with the film production houses, music companies, and online music content providers.
AICWA President Suresh Gupta added that he will make sure that no one works with Mika Singh in India and if anyone does “he will face legal consequences in the court of law.”
The statement further said that at a time when the tension between India and Pakistan is at its peak (because of the removal of Article 370), “Mika has put money above the nation.”
Mika Singh came under fire recently for performing at the wedding festivities of the daughter of former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf’s billionaire cousin. The singer, who has given innumerable hits like Jumme Ki Raat and Aankh Marey, was invited to Karachi along with 14 crew members from his team for the event.
Mika reportedly charged USD 150,000 (Rs 1 crore) for his performance at the wedding.
As soon as the video of him performing at a wedding in Pakistan went viral, the singer received a lot of flak from both, Indian and Pakistani Twitterati.
Despite a blanket ban in Pakistan on broadcasting Indian media content including films and songs, Mika Singh and his crew were issued visa for 30 days for three cities of Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad, according to a Pakistan news website.
But Mika’s move to perform at a wedding in Pakistan amid the tension between the two countries hasn’t gone down too well with AICWA, who has now called a complete ban on the singer in India.