The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) is famous for pressurizing Bollywood personalities unnecessarily. After banning Mika Singh and removing the ban following an apology by the singer, it is once again in the news. Now they turned their guns on Punjabi singer turned actor Diljit Dosanjh for something he hasn’t even done yet.
The FWICE requested its Ministry of External Affairs to cancel the visa of the singer as well as his band members. A Pakistani-American national Rehan Siddiqi invited Diljit to perform in the States on September 21.
Federation of Western India Cine Employees writes to Ministry of External Affairs to "cancel the visa of singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh who accepted the invitation of a Pakistan National Rehan Siddiqi for a performance in America of September 21." pic.twitter.com/BVlgFb8J6F
— ANI (@ANI) September 11, 2019
FWICE stated that Diljit Dosanjh performing on the invitation of a Pakistani national would set a wrong precedent in view of the current situation. His performance would be labeled as anti-national in case he is allowed to perform at the scheduled event, claims the Federation.
Diljit Dosanjh is a renowned singer and actor from the Indian entertainment industry. He made his Bollywood debut in the hit film Udta Punjab. He was also part of Anushka Sharma’s film Phillauri as well as Welcome To New York and Soorma.
In response to the letter by FWICE, Diljit postponed his tour “At this time.” He claimed that he was not aware of the letter until now and the show in Houston was with an entertainment network, not with a Pakistani national. Read his full statement in response to the FWICE letter here:
— DILJIT DOSANJH (@diljitdosanjh) September 11, 2019