While the whole world is fighting the global pandemic that is the coronavirus or COVID-19, musicians and artists are coming together to keep the spirits high. Recently, there was a cross border collaboration that immediately went viral for all the right reasons. This collaboration was special because it featured an Indian and Pakistan artist coming together – Rehkha Bharadwaj and Farida Khanum!
Talented artist Ali Sethi took to his Instagram to share a snippet of this amazing collaboration between the two legends crooning to tracks such as “Aaj Jaanay Ki Zidd Na Karo”, “Chandni Raatain” and Barfi song, “Phir Le Aaya Dil”.
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Here is a full video from our historic session yesterday. If there’s anything we can learn in this difficult time, let it be the value of cooperation across borders. LOVE CONQUERS ALL ♥️♥️♥️ A very special thanks to Faridaji’s genius granddaughter @mehrunnisaiamin for setting this up, and to @anthonysoshil and @bhangusayeen for making the video #alisethi #rekhabhardwaj #vishalbhardwaj #faridakhanum #india #pakistan #lockdown #coronavirus #music #collaboration
However, even now, there are Indians who are still bitter about this collaboration and wouldn’t put aside their animosity towards their neighbors. The Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has now once again warned the Indian musicians against any further collaborations.
In a statement received by Hindustan Times, the body claimed,
“…artistes were seen collaborating with Pakistani singer, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. We are pained to inform all members that despite being fully aware that FWICE has issued a total non-cooperation circular advising all members not to work in any manner whatsoever with all Pakistani artistes, singers and technicians. Some members are blatantly violating the non-cooperation circular by working in various mode and media of Entertainment like a recent instance in which our musicians have worked online with singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan of Pakistan which is being seen online and we have been informed that more such entertainment products and songs are being planned and made.”
The statement also served as a reminder that FWICE has forbidden the celebrities, musicians, technicians of the Indian entertainment industry to work in any form with their Pakistani counterparts.
“We have to strictly inform all the members of our affiliates to kindly note that the Non- Cooperation Circular is valid and subsisting and anyone found cooperating or working in any manner with any Pakistani artistes, singers and technicians, in any mode or media of Entertainment will be subject to strict disciplinary action initiated by FWICE which everyone may please note. One should also realize that while the entire world is fighting against the coronavirus, Pakistan is still busy killing our soldiers on the borders. Kindly note no violation of this circular will be allowed and we are sure all members will follow our advice in their interest.”
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Indians are still bitter and petty about their neighbors, so much so that even a musical collaboration is enough to offend them. Share your thoughts in the comments below.