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Pakistani singers denied Indian visa for 'Cocktail' music launch

Published Jun 28, 2012 03:03pm


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Arif Lohar is the biggest name in Punjabi folk music in Pakistan. -File Photo.

The music launch of the forthcoming Bollywood film Cocktail was cancelled after four Pakistani singers were denied visas to attend the event in Bandra, Times of India reported.

The group of Pakistani singers who have lent their voices for the film include Arif Lohar, Imran Aziz Mia and Javed Bashir.

The producers of Cocktail had planned a huge unplugged evening of jugal bandi between Indian and Pakistani musicians.

However, things did not go according to plan. Since the singers could not get visas to come to India, the makers of the film decided to scrap the music launch idea.

According to reports, the producers are now planning to hold the music launch in London where concurrently both Indian and Pakistani singers who feature in the soundtrack will be performing.

The album of Saif Ali Khan's upcoming film has received superb audience reactions. The film also stars Deepika Padukone, Diana Penty and Boman Irani.


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bush Jun 28, 2012 09:03pm
Then why do your people go ga ga over our singers like atif aslam etc!something is mutual brother,let's face it!people like you are only a few.I live abroad where it's neutral grounds and pakistanis and Indians are two nationalities that get along really well with each don't bring politics into everything and move on!
Ali Jun 30, 2012 11:32pm
India could become a strong country only if the public change their mind set not what I read on the blogs.
Altaf Jun 30, 2012 01:18am
i would like to suggest that people like Singh should not politicize everything and respect every religion and nationality. The message of hatred is coming from you, not Pakistanies. People should not pay attention to such mischief mongers and try and spread love between the two nations. Altaf.
john Jun 28, 2012 07:05pm
why is this news?
aviratam Jul 01, 2012 12:52am
perhaps, one day, if you can, ask Ghulam Ali, who has been received with such warmth in India, what he really feels about India.
sagar Jun 29, 2012 10:57am
yeah. shame to u.. and only to urself . sit under a tree and feel shameful for 30 min.. its a good yoga exercise.
Kharj Jun 29, 2012 10:58am
Paradox.... all who are commenting against Pakistan are reading a Pakistani newspaper on the first place... hahahaha... Dawn News zindabaad.
G.a Jun 29, 2012 11:30am
You seem to have no qualms about reading Pakistan's Dawn news. Its "Shabash" for your kind information.
jd shami Jun 28, 2012 03:28pm
Indian Jun 29, 2012 03:14am
Such a shame I feel as an Indian when music and sports are sacrificed for small time oneupmanship. Shame on us Indians to let our babus create this blot in our name.
pakone Jun 29, 2012 10:57am
Yea thats why indian crowds go nuts over our musicians at concerts in India and abroad. Forget big names like Atif Aslam, Rahat Fateh Ali, Ali Zafar - even our rock bands like Noori, Qayaas (winner of best rock band Asia given in Delhi), Strings, and countless others who have toured India have told me personally and showed me pics of screaming indian crowds. hahaha.
millerd Jun 30, 2012 11:17am
Lets rise above personal prejudices. Music has nothing to do with borders. It cannot be owned , in every Pakistan house hold Indian songs are heard everyday. We enjoy listening to it . Lata Ji is as respected and revered in Pakistan as in India. Late Mehdi Hassan was as well heard in India as in Pakistan. So please keep the music away from dirty politics. If nothing at least the power of music may bring the two belligerent country to a single platform one day.
faisal Jun 30, 2012 02:49am
Wrong...Remember Javed Akhter being denied visa. Performances of Lata Mangeskar have never happened because her performances were never allowed..Get your facts right.
Afzal Jun 29, 2012 07:55am
Anurag Jul 01, 2012 12:16am
Education, education and only education can bridge the gap between the common man of both countries. Corrupt govts of both the countries are trying their best to not provide education so that they can misled the poor man (vote bank). I'm living abroad and have so many Pakistani friends and we celebrate all festivals together doesn't matter Id or Diwali. If we can do it why can't all?!!!!!
Badar Jun 30, 2012 02:20am
Well said. Agree. No matter. Indian hatred towards Pakistan will never go away, no matter what. There's no chance
ArifShah Jun 29, 2012 05:36am
#Bharati Visa Lene Ke Li-aiy, Arif Lohar Ko Apne Naam Ke Saath Se "Arif" Ke Lafaz Ko Hata Kar, Phir Se Bharti Visa Lene Ki Koshash Karni Cha-hiaiy!>W.H.A.< ArifShah USA
Subrat Jul 01, 2012 06:39am
good things are appreciated everywhere in the world. appreciate your people and see their will be a change
VARINDER SIDHU Jun 29, 2012 11:03pm
I wonder why they refused visa,,i think there will be a reason which we dont know, lets wait and see..Arif lohar has gone to India many times before.
Badar Jun 30, 2012 02:18am
Disagree very strongly. All these people hone their skills, appreciated, loved and embark upon celebrity status in Pakistanil before they get invited outside of Pakistan. Get real. Now India lost out since the event will not be hosted in India but in UK.
Surinder Jeet Jun 30, 2012 02:18am
Kharj, you are right. We do read Dawn, The News and everything written in English in Pakistan; we enjoy your plays (Humsafar); we try to know everything happening in Pakistan; Indians enjoy Pakistani food when they travel outside India, Pakistani music, regional dresses (because we have so much in common). But in India people have a sprinkling of religion in their lives and not vice versa. Your people falsely believe that Indians hate Pakistanis; they distrust them. We do not have any problem with Pakistanis being Muslims as we have our Muslim brothers in India whose movies, poetry, music, writings and food we enjoy and we are proud of their achievements. Even today there are about ten Pakistani artists who are regulars in India. Our main problem with Pakistan is that every time the gap begins to close your "agencies" pull the rug from under your feet. It does not only disrupt the tempo but puts it back by 5-10 years. That has built a sense of distrust among Indians. The fact that you live in a state of denial prevents you from analysing the problem. We are the most fun loving neighbours if we can get together.
millerd Jun 30, 2012 11:05am
I will second that Arsalan !
surinder Jun 30, 2012 05:42pm
All such incidents are result of trust deficit between the two countries .Any solution?
Ammar Khan Jun 30, 2012 05:52pm
Wow so much hate on this one topic - with this much hate I am afraid to go to India even if I get the visa. If we continue on like this we won't get anywhere. Life is short learn to appreciate it - especially for our Indian friends who seems to have taken this way too seriously. And please don't remind of the past.
Maaq Jun 30, 2012 05:57pm
Why are our Artists so eager to get disgraced and scrapped , just for the sake of Money?.
Seemi Jul 01, 2012 08:41am
Atleast unlike TOI, I don't see pakistanis abusing indians, this shows the standard and moderation of Dawn newspaper.
Well-Wisher Jun 30, 2012 06:36pm
You are right common people does not hate, only fanatic religious people does. Same opposite side also apply.
you Jul 01, 2012 01:07am
artist means ,,and love made two nations in one,,and hate made one nation in two,,,,,,,choice is in your hands.
RKH Jul 01, 2012 04:58am
Yes accept Reality instead of denying
animesh Jul 01, 2012 05:20am
Artists only wish to practice their art and the free movement of artists is necessary so that we all can enjoy their live performances. Its ridiculous that these guys were forced to cancel their trip over petty logistics. Hopefully this won't happen again.
Sidda saada banda Jun 29, 2012 07:08pm
You have to understand that these songs are composed by Indians and the musicians are Indians too . Now if the voice is Pakistani that does not make it a hit . If all the Atif Aslam's songs are sung by either KK , Mohit Chauhan or Javed Ali these songs will still become hit . And its not Atif Aslam who Indians like , its the song which is essentially Indian that people praise for . All Pakistani singers get good songs to sing they never sing a badly composed song .A couple of Rahat fateh Ali khan's songs are horrible does not make him a bad singer or make Indians dislike him . Its the song which is bad and thus is not a hit . I am sure his songs can easily be sung by either Kailash khare or kshitij Tarey or any other Indian sufi singer . Your singers should be thankful that India provides them a platform to popularity and Indians do not hate Pakistanis even though you have nothing but hate for us ..............
Khan Jun 29, 2012 07:11pm
LOL. Why Indians go to USA, saudi Arabia or the gulf countries even if Indians hate them. May be to get more money or..........
ahmadali86 Jun 29, 2012 07:47pm
I second that.
raika45 Jun 29, 2012 07:44am
It is not news. It is just a small intermission like Tv for you to take a break.
Ali Jun 30, 2012 11:30pm
Nothing to do with anything. These are personal choices. We have the same culture, same food and the same people and there will be such exchanges no matter what we all say. There is no reason to say who pays more and what, for an artist the more the audience the better. So you guessing guys get back t your bell and let these artist play to their audience
Mumtaz.Rizvi Jun 29, 2012 11:36am
i urge all pakistani singers to boycot india if they have even a little love and respect for mother land but im sure money matters the most so keep on being disgraced by the indians, a film industry who does nothing but cheating hollywood plots
haris Jun 29, 2012 09:17am
Oh God! When our artists learn from it.
Indusonian Jun 29, 2012 02:30am
My dear Indian friends, we don't hate India, come an see daily tv viewing in our household and you will know.
Harold Carpenter Jun 28, 2012 04:57pm
are Indian movie/artists are allowed in Pakistan?
Ashraf Jun 29, 2012 01:04am
so denying visa to launch music was also part of appreciation Mr. Maanav?
huma Jun 29, 2012 09:35am
ASIF FAROOQI Jun 28, 2012 11:05pm
why did they not get visa -may be there were simple issue of not applying in time.What is the big deal?Chill out guys .Keep in mind the big goal of liberalising people to people contact between us.
G.a Jun 28, 2012 11:31pm
Yes. Indian movie artists are always welcome in Pakistan and enjoy a huge fan following. Indian movies earn a lot of money through superb Pakistani singers who, in this particular case, have been disallowed in India. Pakistanis in general are quite welcoming of Indians as was proven by their hospitality when 8000 Indian cricket fans visited Pakistan in 2004 and as thousands of Silkhs visit Pakistan for the annual pilgrimage. Indians posting in Pakistans Dawn news seem to forget this fact sometimes.
Amjad Butt Jun 30, 2012 08:58pm
yes of course
Raj Jun 29, 2012 04:22pm
Not just Hollywood, Hindi movie industry - Bollywood copies a lot from southern Indian film industry too. Tamil / Telugu etc languages have very good movies, though people in north may not enjoy but they come up with many good original ideas. Hindi movies like Ghazani, Ready, Bodyguard, Rowdy Rathore etc are all simple copies of southern Indian movies, specially Salman has mastered this copy art in his recent movies and regain his box-office hits. As far as rejecting visa is concerned, you shouldn't see it all in negative lights. Checkout many Pakistanis who get Indian visas, despite of so many tensions. Rejecting visa is common practice internationally. You shouldn't take it as a matter of disrespect, you just need to be practical, you are not getting lower number of visa compare to kind of relation both of the neighbors share at this time. Probably Pakistan would do the same thing in this situation.
Lakhkar Khan Jun 29, 2012 01:32pm
Sagar, you are a self loving, self centered, selfish creature. Indian is just expressing his frustration with his government for jeopardizing 2 main things which bring the 2 nations together. It is a good idea for both nations to come closer any way they came to overcome the unfortunate things happened between them.
@SecularPakista1 Jun 30, 2012 12:12pm
A Pakistani who lost his grandfather in the violence in 1947, I do not hold any ill will towards anyone on the other side. This was a loss for both sides. A small group of mindless, hatemongers on both sides always manage to derail goodwill and promote animosity. Come on people, this is the 21-Century. There is a lot of good that can be achieved by bringing peace and friendship between the people of the region.
Arslan Kiani Jun 28, 2012 09:31pm
Being a Pakistani myself, i agree to this comment. Pakistan has never treated their talent with respect, honor and has never considered them assets for the country. They have no choice but to go to India to prove their mettle.
SR Jun 28, 2012 03:16pm
Elections coming up. Distractions from scandals and review of performance in office urgently needed by politicians. Expect more rabble-appeasement, or playing-it-safe against opponents' rabble-rousing; national interests be damned.
jasus Jun 28, 2012 03:24pm
Sabash! good job India, no pakis are allowed to set foot in India, unless the realese Sarabjit and hang Hafiz saed!
indian Jun 28, 2012 06:52pm
pakistani singers. players for ips or actors. are not welcome in india. its sure that they hate india. but want to earn money in india. wel done dnt give visa to them. normal public is welcome only as tourist. tv singh. president district congress
Maanav Jun 28, 2012 05:46pm
Leave Sarabjit - sure, hang Saed - its there problem, hang him or let him loose in Pak.
Maanav Jun 28, 2012 05:44pm
Cause we pay better and above all, appreciate what is good no matter from where it comes! Simple. HTH.