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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Urging the government to undertake proper action against Indian playback singer Mika Singh, the country’s film industry body has reportedly decided to ban him over his recent private performance in Pakistan’s Karachi.

    The All India Cine Workers Association (AICWA), the parent body of all Indian cinema associations, issued an unconditional ban order on Singh on Tuesday. The action came after Singh’s live performance at a wedding-related function for a relative of former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf last week.

    With tensions high between India and Pakistan over developments in the Kashmir region, Singh should have refused to perform in Pakistan, AICWA President Suresh Shyamlal Gupta was quoted as saying in a statement by Indian news portal India Today.

    Mika reportedly charged $150,000 for his performance at the wedding, the report said.

    The AICWA has also asked India’s Information and Broadcasting Ministry to take suitable action against the singer.

    Some netizens also welcomed the AICWA’s move to ban Mika Singh, describing the action as justified against an unpatriotic Indian.


    ​Another group of netizens, however, said the AICWA has taken unconstitutional action, violating the fundamental rights of an Indian citizen.

    ​"(The) AICWA takes a stand of boycotting all his (Mika Singh's) association with movie production houses, music companies and online music content providers," President Suresh Shyamlal Gupta's statement said.

    The film body also unconditionally banned and boycotted the singer from all movies and music contracts with entertainment companies.
    The AICWA statement said legal action could be taken against people who choose to work with the singer.


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