Amid Pakistan’s retaliatory measures over the new status of Jammu and Kashmir, including the recent crackdown on Indian film CDs, Anu Malik said that Pakistanis who love Hindi music and movies will be ones who’d be affected. The veteran music composer-singer stated that for him India comes over everything else and that we should only follow the Government decision in this matter.
In an exclusive telephonic conversation with Republic TV, Anu Malik reacted to the crackdown on film CDs in Pakistan, saying, “Whenever we travel out of India, the fans only say that ‘We love Hindi music, we love Hindi films and that’s what we want to watch.’ And if our films are being banned there, the loss is for the viewers who love our films. Our industry is outstanding, we make outstanding films and outstanding music, more so in the last years, where some brilliant films have been made, that the whole world wants to watch. The public will miss out on our great films.”
When asked if India, after films, should ban other goods of Pakistan, Malik, without going into the specifics, stated, “There are great artists and being an artist, I respect all the artists around the world, but I feel there is nothing bigger than my own country. The idea of India is bigger than everything else, be it the films or the music or anything else. India should come before everything else and at the moment, we should only think about India.”
He continued further, “The current situation is such that we should only talk about our success, till the issue is resolved, we should only follow the Government's decision in this. You have heard my songs, be it ‘Sandese Se Aate’, other songs from ‘Border’ or ‘LOC Kargil’ or ‘East or West India is Best’; because for me, India comes first, that says everything.”
After India repealed Article 370 and bifurcated Jammu and Kashmir into J&K and Ladakh, Pakistan first banned Indian films. In the latest development, the Pak government is cracking down on Indian advertisements and video stores selling Indian film CDs.
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