Babul Supriyo’s Controversial ‘Indianism’


Mumbai: Singer-turned-Union minister Babul Supriyo says Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s voice in a song that features in Bollywood film Welcome To New York, must be removed and dubbed by someone else.

Supriyo said that he could not understand the need to hire Pakistani singers when tensions at the border had escalated. “Bollywood is an integral part of that Indianism. It represents India worldwide, hence banning Pakistani artists in Indian films would have also taken the protest against organised terrorism by the rogue nation, worldwide.”

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“And, I very clearly recall that such a promise was made when ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ had met protests due to Fawad Khan”. Supriyo said that he did not have any problem with Atif or Rahat but with their ‘Pakistani nationality.’ The former singer claimed that the Bollywood was an integral part of ‘Indianism’ since it ‘represents India worldwide.’

“And why is Pakisan’s entertainment industry silent over cross-border terrorism, Supriyo wonders. “If that’s true, I would request the makers of the film to remove Rahat’s voice and get someone else to dub it! I am also not sure why Atif Aslam got to sing “Dil diya gallan” when for sure our very own Arijit could have done a much better job. The FM stations played the song galore while news channels announced the name of our soldiers martyred by Pakistan-sponsored terrorists,” he was quoted by IANS.

Mmebers of the BJP and other right-wing Hindutva outfits had protested against the presence of Pakistani artists in Bollywood movies particularly when Ae Dil Hai Mushkil was released.