Mahesh Bhatt, the Indian film producer who has introduced most of the Pakistani artists in India, is now working to bring back Pakistani talent in Bollywood. Reportedly, the producer has recently approached Ali Zafar and Shafqat Amanat Ali separately for a song in his next film titled Dushman.
According to a report by DNA, Delhi based actor Imran Zahid who is working on the same project, informs “Every Pakistani artiste Bhatt saab has approached has responded enthusiastically. Shafqat Amanat Ali’s manager said he doesn’t want any money for this song.” The actor also has informed that they are working on getting Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam on board.
Courage to dance ! Sheema Kirmani ( Activist & Classical dancer) braved to Sehwan Sharif today & performed Dhammal! pic.twitter.com/oi6eWCdaAs
— Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) February 19, 2017
When asked about the unofficial ban on Pakistani artists in India, Zahid says “We are going to use the voices of the Pakistani artistes, for a play called Milne Do which will be staged in Delhi on June 8 and Mumbai on June 23. Furthermore the Indian government has clarified that it has not banned Pakistani artistes. When the Government has taken a clear stand on the issue, what chance do the protesters stand?”
However, the spokesperson of Indian extremist party Shaina NC has denied any possibility of doing so in current circumstances. “Relations with Pakistan have deteriorated to such an extent that there is a move now to declare Pakistan a terror state on an international level,” he tells. “Given the current crisis I don’t think we can have Pakistani artistes coming here,” he adds.
Bhatt’s next on big screen is titled Dushman, which, as he believes, will improve ties between Pakistan and India.