A few days after Mika Singh’s videos performing at an event in Karachi in Pakistan surfaced, All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA) on Tuesday banned him from the Indian film industry.
The decision comes almost a week after he performed on August 8 at the wedding of the daughter of former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf’s billionaire cousin.
The film body hereby put an unconditional ban on him and boycotted him from all the movies and music contracts with the entertainment companies.
“AICWA takes a stand of boycotting all his association with movie production houses, music companies and online music content providers,” AICWA President Suresh Shyamlal Gupta in a statement said.
“AICWA will make sure that no one in India works with him and if anyone does, they will face legal consequences in the court of law,” the statement added.
The singer sparked controversy after his presence in the city was confirmed after several attendees uploaded his performance videos with a crew of 14 people, on social media.
According to reports, Mika had charged around Rs 1 crore for his performance and organizers used high-level connections to procure security clearance and visas for the Indian band.
The tensions between both countries peaked after India revoked special status to Jammu and Kashmir last week.
In retaliation, Pakistan completely banned broadcasting of the Indian media content of all kinds including films, songs in the country.
Pak has also suspended diplomatic bilateral ties with India, thus ending bilateral trade and expelled the Indian envoy Ajay Bisaria with immediate effect on August 7.
The AICWA statement also mentioned about heightened tension between India and Pakistan and how he “puts money above the nation’s pride.”
The association has also sought the intervention of Information and Broadcasting ministry in the matter.