Mumbai, September 29 (ANI): In the latest development on the cultural front of the on-going India-Pakistan conflict, the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) has “banned” Pakistani actors, singers and technicians from working in India till “normalcy” returns to India-Pakistan relations.
A resolution to this effect was passed during the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the association on Thursday.
“We’ve passed this decision in the AGM today on the demand of all the producers. Henceforth, till the situation is ok between the Pakistani and Indian governments, we will not hire any Pakistani artist, technician or singer. We will maintain this till relations between Pakistan and India are ok. The AGM at IMPPA House in Mumbai was attended by more than 200 film producers,” said T.P. Aggarwal, President of IMPPA.
he association’s resolution comes in the wake of the 48 hour deadline given by the ultra nationalist y Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), which threatened action if Fawad Khan and other Pakistani artistes in India did not leave the country within the deadline.
While no prominent Pakistani artiste is in India at the moment, the upcoming concerts of Shafqat Amanat Ali and Atif Aslam have been cancelled.
Ai Dil Hai Mushkil And Raees Could Be Completed
“However, if there’s any ongoing project from which Pakistani artistes cannot be removed now, on which everything has been done, they can come for that,” Aggarwal added.
This puts in the clear films like Fawad Khan-starrer Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Mahira Khan-starrer Raees. But the producers of these films are being pressurized by the MNS to remove scenes featuring the Pakistani actors.
“The IMPPA AGM paid homage to the martyrs who were killed in Uri. It felt a responsibility towards the nation and passed a resolution banning Pakistani actors & technicians in India till normalcy returns. For IMPPA nation comes first, ” said Ashoke Pandit, Vice President of IMPPA.
The Indian Motion Picture Producers’ Association, popularly known as IMPPA, is the first and the only internationally recognized association of the Indian film production sector.