In the backdrop of Pulwama terror attack on 14 February which claimed lives of 40 CRFP personnel, the All Indian Cine Workers Association, in protest, banned Pakistani artistes and actors from working in Indian film industry.
Now a group of Punjabi singers and lyricists has questioned logic of the ban and blamed the politicians of both countries for this mess. On Sunday, during an event in Sangrur, they said they prefer dialogues and sharing rituals, food and culture between people of both countries to foster peace.
Punjabi singer Happy Raikoti said “I like many Pakistani artists. Even the Indian artistes have received a lot of love from Pakistani citizens. I believe that hate can only be eradicated through dialogue between India and Pakistan. Both countries share a rich history, and great food, music and art”.
Prominent Punjabi music industry artistes like Raikot, Veet Baljit, Ranjit Khan, Matt Sheron Wala, and Bachan Bedil, Manpreet Tiwana among many others were taking part in a function named ‘Geet Rang Darbar’ in Sangrur on Sunday.
Matt Sheron Wala, a soldier-turned-lyricist, said, “When our fathers and uncles quarrel over something, we cousins do not boycott each other and remain in touch. Then how can we ban our fellow artistes in Pak due to the fights between politicians of both nations?” Matt argued.
Matt Sheron asked for a government probe into what exactly happened in Pulwama. He said the accused should be punished but art and artistes of no country should be banned.
Veet Baljit dismissing the boycott calls by Bollywood celebrities said “Let them impose bans” while lyricist Tiwana said the tension between both the countries was a result of some “bad elements”.
“Our culture and language are quite common. The actions of certain bad elements have created this hate between both nations” said Tiwana.
Earlier, Punjab minister Navjot Sidhu sparked a major controversy after the Pulwama attack when he said “For a handful people, you cannot blame an entire nation.”