Mahest Bhatt has reported to have signed Pakistani artists Atif Aslam, Ali Zafar, Shafqat Amanat Ali, Rahet Fateh Ali Khan for an Indian play. Bhatt is the first to have lifted the ‘unofficial’ ban against Pakistani artists for his upcoming play.
Mahest approached the Pakistani singer, Ali Zafar for initiating cross-border peace and offered him a song. The former lead man of Fuzon, Shafqat Amanat Ali, also readily agreed to take up the project.
The ban was implemented in September, 2016 after the Uri attack which left 19 soldiers wounded and the Indian government blamed Pakistan for the attack.
“It is an initiative to revive the cultural ties, which were completely eroded after the extreme positions, decisions taken by both countries post the Uri attack,” reports Times of India.
We are going to use the voices of the Pakistani artistes, for a play called Milne Do which will be staged in Delhi on June 8 and Mumbai on June 23. Furthermore, the Indian government has clarified that it has not banned Pakistani artistes. When the government has taken a clear stand on the issue, what chance do the protesters stand?”
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