MUMBAI: The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has banned Pakistani artists and technicians from working in India.
FWICE is India’s largest workers’ union in the film industry.
The federation announced this in an address yesterday and the decision will now be enforced throughout India.
FWICE is considered the mother body of the All Indian Cinema Association the body with which all film and television associations of India are affiliated.
Indian nationalist extremism has reached new heights as the expression of criticism against Pakistani artists is on the rise.
Previously, Babul Saperyu a union president associated with Indian political party Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) demanded a ban on Pakistani actors, performers and technicians.
Recently Indian vocalists also criticized Salman Khan and Ajay Devgun on their use of Atif Aslam and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s vocals in their films. However, now under pressure from Indian nationalists, the Film Association has banned Pakistani artists altogether.
According to Indian media FWICE has banned all Pakistani artists and technicians from working in both Indian films and drama serials.
On the other hand, re-known comedian Kapil Sharma is being criticized for performing in a comedy show for the Pakistan Super League (PSL) team Peshawer Zalmi.