Diljit Dosanjh. (Image: PTI)
Punjabi singer Diljit Dosanjh has been asked by the Federation of Western Cine Employees (FWICE) to cancel his show at the United States on September 21 in the interest, sentiments and dignity of the nation. The Houston event is being promoted by Rehan Siddiqi, who is of Pakistani origin.
In response to the letter by FWICE, Diljit clarified the matter by claiming that he was not aware of the letter until now. He added that his dealing regarding the show in Houston was with an entertainment network and not with the Pakistani national, as alleged in the FWICE letter. ''I have decided to postpone my Houston show at this time. I love my country and will always stand for the greater interest of the nation. India always," Diljit said.
Read Diljit's full statement in response to the FWICE letter here:
ðŸ‡®ðŸ‡³ âœŠ pic.twitter.com/HEtLzl0Eou— DILJIT DOSANJH (@diljitdosanjh) September 11, 2019
The Federation of Western India Cine Employees or FWICE wrote a letter to the Ministry of External Affairs saying that the singer's US visa be cancelled and read "Diljit Dosanjh is a thorough gentleman and a superb singer/actor but he has been allured by the Pak National, Mr Rehan Siddiqi... It is therefore our humble request to you to cancel the visa of Mr Diljit Dosanjh and his troupe or the application for visa not be granted to restrain their performance in America as it will be labelled anti-national."
"We are doing our duty and wish the government take appropriate action. We hope you will do the needful to crackdown the menace to avoid the devastating effects," the letter read.
FWICE then also issued a press release stating that they are deeply concerned and anguished by various artists as they are 'knowingly' performing in India despite the film bodies strict warnings. "We have also come to know from our reliable sources that actor Saif Ali Khan and singer Shreya Ghoshal, in particular, are giving [performances in America at the behest of Mr. Rehan Siddiqi, a Pakistani national, who is also the promoter of the shows.''
Meanwhile, on the work front, the actor will be next seen in Good News, co-starring Akshay Kumar, Kareena Kapoor and Kiara Advani. The film will open in cinemas in December this year.