Atif Aslam’s concert cancelled due to Indian political party opposition

This is not the first time that the Sena has opposed performances by Pakistani artistes in India

Entertainment Desk April 22, 2015

Atif Aslam was all set to perform in Pune, India on April 25, but changed his mind after Indian political party, Shiv Sena threatened to take action if the event took place.

The singer who has charmed his way into the hearts of Pakistanis and Indians had to cancel his event because of strong opposition from India’s far-right regional political party. "The neighbouring country is sending terrorists to India, blasting bombs, attacking our Parliament, then how do we welcome their artistes," Chitrapat Sena (party’s cinema wing) leader Adesh Bandekar told Asian Age.

Late Bal Keshav Thackeray, founder of Shiv Sena

Organizer of the event Sanjay Sathe was in agreement of Adesh’s statement and told NDTV, “We are from the field of arts, we wanted to do it, but then the intention behind the cancellation is totally appropriate.” He further added, “We shall always remain patriotic. As Balasaheb has said 'Be patriotic and put the nation first', and thereby, at the larger level we had to cancel the show."

There was a general consensus when it came to the show’s cancellation. "Shiv Sena has always been against Pakistan and the motive behind canceling the event is to show that Pakistan is traitor. The organizers praised our stand and with a big heart scrapped the event," said Hadapsar MLA Mahadev Babar.

Over 1000 tickets for the event had been sold, which will be refunded. Surprisingly, the political party has yet to protest against Atif's next performance scheduled in Ahmedabad on May 10.

According to Asian Age, this is not the first time that the Sena has opposed performances by Pakistani artistes in India. They had earlier opposed noted singer Gulam Ali and the Meekal Hasan Band who were supposed to perform at the Mumbai Press Club. It had also protested against the inclusion of Pakistani television host and cross-dresser Begum Nawazish Ali and actor Veena Malik in the show Big Boss in 2010. It also disrupted a Sindhi Sufi music show in Delhi in 2014.


Malatesh | 9 years ago | Reply Because of wrong policies of the country, its citizens are suffering. No doubt that Pakistan has very talented people. Neither the world welcomes them due to Pakistan's state policies nor they find proper platform in their own country. Wake up now.
N.Sid | 9 years ago | Reply @Sachin: This is a corporate world. Artist from Pakistan wouldn't have invited if the producers, marketers, directors didn't think they are commercially viable. They are into films because the people accept them for a number of reasons, and admire them as well. It is not possible every person like and dislike someone, there would always be grey areas. Also many Indians who visits Pakistan is also on a commercial tour and not on charity. Mika singh performed in Lahore and Karachi and earned crores. Shabana Azmi was here also in some joint venture films, Nasseruddin Shah, performed at NAPA and lectures not as a goodwill gesture alone, but was payed handsomely. No such thing as a free lunch these days. Many Pakistani singers also performs at charity functions in India, and attends awards ceremonies and talk shows, and didn't take money. I came to know that Nusrat Fateh Ali khan didn't ask for any money, for Indian songs, all his income was from the concerts and musical shows. Humble and strategic gesture at the ssame time from him. Didn't know about now, he is not visiting India, Dubai is the place where sings got recorded or some neutarl venue.
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