Salman Khan Atif Aslam:
The recent Pulwama attack in Jammu & Kashmir which took away the lives of more than 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Jawaans served as a blow to the entire nation. It is known to be one of the deadliest attacks in the recent history. Led by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), a Pakistan based terror group, this attack has been pushing Indians to take extreme steps against Pakistan.
India, as a nation, stands united to do every possible thing to prevent any such attack in the future. Though the government is doing their share, the civilians this time too are in support of the government. One of the many things that get highlighted whenever tensions between the two countries arise is the cultural ban on Pakistani artists.
Where mostly Indians object to this and argue that art and culture shouldn’t be mulled over in the politics, this time, understanding the need of the hour and the gravity of the problem, everybody seems to be adhering to it. Recently, T-Series was asked to take down their two new songs featuring Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and Atif Aslam, new reports have surfaced that Salman Khan has chosen to redo a song sung by Atif Aslam in his next production venture, Notebook.
With the movie Notebook, he will be introducing two new faces in Bollywood, Pranutan, granddaughter of the legendary actor, Nutan, and daughter of Hum Aapke Hain Koun! actor Mohnish Behl, opposite Zaheer Iqbal. A song in the movie sung by Pakistani singer, Atif has been dropped by the makers when fans threatened the actor to boycott his movies if he would sing in it.
Officially confirming the news, director of the movie Nitin Kakkar stated that they will re-record the song with a new voice. He said,
“We have got a new voice. There’s only one song of Atif in the film and we will have to re-do it. We all are Indians and it is unfortunate whatever has happened. But the show must go on as they say,”
At the trailer preview of the movie which was to release a couple of days ago, Kakkar added,
“Nation is always our priority, country comes first and then other things. Unfortunately, that incident happened and we had to do our bit. We felt it is not the right time to release the trailer. So we held it back.”
When the director was asked whether we will see glimpses of Salman Khan in the movie or in a cameo appearance, he said,
“Salman was like a guiding light to all of. There is a reason why he is a superstar and it is great to have somebody like him guide us. He is a superstar, he is launching two new kids, why would he act in the film? He wants to give the stage to the kids.”
The movie is scheduled to release on March 29, 2019 and once the circumstances get a bit better in the nation, we would see the trailer too. Director Nitin Kakkar has previously directed Filmistaan which was hugely appreciated and for that, he also won the National Award.