New Delhi: All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) on Tuesday banned Mika Singh from the Indian film industry, whose performance at an event in Karachi, Pakistan sparked outrage in India.
The event in Pakistan was organised by former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf’s close relative.
The film body, in a statement released on Tuesday, said that it had boycotted the singer’s association with the film production houses, music companies and online music content providers. The association said that it will “make sure” no one in India works with the singer and that anyone who violates their will face “legal consequences.” AICWA has also sought Ministry of Information and Broadcasting’s intervention in the matter.
The singer, it has been reported, charged a whooping USD 150,000 (Rs 1.06 crore) for the gig.
It is worth mentioning that Mika’s performance comes at a time when the relations between India and Pakistan have hit at a new low. India’s decisions to scrap the Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcate Jammu & Kashmir into two union territories have not gone down well with Pakistan.
“When the tension between the countries is at the peak, Mika Singh puts money above the nation’s pride,” the film association said.
As soon as a video of the event made its way to social media, the netizens started bashing Mika left, right and center.