US-based Pakistani Bollywood-events organizer Rehan Siddiqui who has been on the Indian government’s radar for allegedly funding anti-India activities, now faces complete ban from Bollywood A-list actors, some of whom have been turning a blind eye to Siddiqui’s allegedly nefarious funding activities for years now.
With the Indian government taking a strong stand against Indian entertainers who associate with allegedly anti-India elements, Bollywood has no choice but to withdraw from Siddiqui’s events. Salman Khan who was supposed to perform in Houston on 10 April 2020 at an event organized by Rehan Siddiqui has apparently cancelled his appearance(though it must be noted that there has been no official announcement from Salman or his team).
Earlier in September 2019, Diljit Dosanjh had cancelled his gig in the US with Siddiqui.
It is a shame that Bollywood had to be forced into a corner to do the right thing.
In September The Federation Of Western India Cine Employees(FWICE) in a strongly-worded series of letters had condemned Diljit Dosanjh, Saif Ali Khan and singer Shreya Ghosal for agreeing to perform at a US concert organized by Rehan Siddiqui.
The letter said, “…FWICE has zero tolerance for such performers and condemns it as anti-national and unpatriotic bordering to(sic.) treason with your country.”
Ashoke Pandit the chief adviser of the FWICE feels Indian entertainers need to get their priorities right. “For money some of them are ready to sell their conscience. How can any Indian artiste even think of associating with Pakistan at a time when the tension between the two countries has escalated to an all-time high?”