Diljit Dosanjh during the promotions of his upcoming film Arjun Patiala in Mumbai, on July 20, 2019. (IANS)

After the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) requested the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to cancel the visa of singer-actor Diljit Dosanjh, the artist postponed his performance in the US, which was scheduled to take place on September 21. The concert is said to have been promoted by a Pakistani national Rehan Siddiqi.

The Udta Punjab actor took to his Twitter handle and issued a statement regarding the scheduled concert, saying that he is postponing the performance at this time. He also said that he was not performing in a tour promoted by a Pakistani national as his contract was with a company called Shri Balaji Entertainment.

“Regarding Houston concert on Sep 21, I have just become aware of a letter issued by the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) to me by an article published in the Mumbai Mirror today, I was not aware of any such intimation by the Federation before today,” he wrote.

He went on to state that his contract is only with Shri Balaji Entertainment and nobody else as mentioned in the film body’s letter. “I would like to state that my contract is only with “Shri Balaji Entertainment” my dealings and agreement is with them only and nobody else that is mentioned in the article or Federation Letter,” Diljit said.

“However in lieu of the letter by the FWICE I have decided to postpone my Houston show at this time. I love my country and will always stand for the greater interest of the Nation INDIA Always,” he concluded.

Diljit also reacted to several media reports of him being banned by the FWICE as he was performing in a concert promoted by a Pakistani national. He also shared a meme and caption it, “YOU ARE FAKE NEWS.”

 He also tweeted, “News Na Ho Gai .. Whatsapp Hee Ho Gaya.. ke 11 Bando Ko Aagey Bhejo.. Khushkhabri Milegi… Oye Phelan Pata Tan Kar Lao.. GAL KI EH…”

Ashoke Pandit, chief advisor of FWICE lauded Diljit for his decision and wrote, “FWICE really appreciates this stand of @diljitdosanjh. This kind of a stand sends a strong message that for Indians country comes first irrespective of prejudices and choices. You have set a precedence for the future.”

In a letter written to the MEA, the film body stated, “We have come to know that the performing singer and actor from Punjab Diljit Dosanjh has accepted the invitation of Rehan Siddiqi for staging his performance at the United States on September 21, 2019.”

The film body added that Diljit is a “thorough gentleman” and “superb singer-actor” but has been “allured” by Siddiqi and his performance will set a “wrong precedent” in the wake of the current situation between the two countries. “Mr. Dosanjh is a thorough gentleman and a superb singer/actor but he has been allured by the Pak National, Mr. Rehan Siddiqi,” FWICE stated.

“His performance for the Pak National and people will set a wrong precedent in view of the current alarming situation between the two countries,” the film body added in the letter. FWICE requested for the visa cancellation of the actor and his group to restrain their performance as it will be labelled as “anti-national.”

“It is, therefore, our humble request to you to cancel the visa of Mr. Diljit Dosanjh and his troupe or the application for visa be not granted to restrain their performance in America as it will be labelled anti-national,” the film body said.

Also read: Diljit Dosanjh asked to cancel US show promoted by Pak national, film body approaches govt to revoke his visa

Last month, Mika had performed in Karachi, Pakistan with his group at an event, which was organised by former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf’s close relative. This led to a social media uproar, after which FWICE and AICWA (All India Cine Workers Association) banned the singer. FWICE even stated that any artist who works with Mika will be banned henceforth.

However, after a press conference, Mika publicly apologised for performing in Pakistan after which the ban was revoked by both the film bodies.

(With HT inputs)

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First Published: Sep 11, 2019 13:52 IST


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