Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Film body boycotts Mika Singh after performance in Karachi

Film body boycotts Mika Singh after performance in Karachi

On Tuesday, the All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) banned known singer Mika Singh from the Indian film industry for performing at an event in Karachi, Pakistan.

Mika Singh and his troupe's performance at the wedding of former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf's cousin's daughter had caused controversy earlier.

The report further states, "Due to his closeness to the Prime Minister, Asad succeeded in procuring visas for Mika Singh and his 14-member troupe, and went on to host the Bollywood night on August 8 in Karachi, despite a blanket ban by the Pakistan government on shows performed by any Indian artiste or film personality".

Mika had performed at an event organised by former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf's close relative on August 8.

"AICWA takes a stand of boycotting all his association with movie production houses, music companies and online music content providers", reads a statement issued by AICWA President Suresh Shyamlal Gupta. Ever since the video of Mika Singh's performance in Karachi went viral on social media, it sparked an outrage among netizens and Mika faced severe backlash for his decision.

The organisation has also accused Mika of putting "money above the nation" in a time when tension between both the countries are at peak. AICWA also requested Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to intervene in the matter. The event was called as "Mika Singh Night" and took place very close to the residence of Anees Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel, who needs no introduction and are prominent members of the D-Company. Certain reports suggest that the pop singer charged 15000 USD (Rs. 1.06 crore approx) for the performance. More problems started between the two countries after India scrapped Article 370 and 35A. Pakistan responded by suspending diplomatic ties and trade relations with India.

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