Vashu Bhagnani opens up on 'Welcome To New York' row

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But having said that I feel when our soldiers are dying at the border, I think the rhetoric that tensions between India and Pakistan can be solved through cricket and music cannot be applicable for sometime. He told news agency IANS that 'people should take a collective stand against all Pakistani artistes and not just single out one person.' Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's voice in Ishtehaar had irked singer-turned-union minister Babul Supriyo, who later demanded a dubbed version of the song in the final cut.

The singer has been a part of Hindi films since 2003. He said they will take the message back to Mumbai and will ask all filmmakers not to work with Pakistani artists because "India comes first for us". "But I said what I felt is right about Pakistani artistes staying away from Bollyood and Indian cinema, given the times, and Rahat, who I have great regards for as an artist, will surely agree with the idea that Samay se bada kuchh nahin hota(nothing is bigger than time)", said Supriyo.

Talking about "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil", with which the issue of banning Pakistani artists rose, Babul said, "During the time of "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil", I took a stand in support of the makers and had to face a lot wrath for that". Earlier, according to the various media outlets, Arijit Singh's song was replaced by Rahat Fateh Ali in Welcome To New York and the reason was Salman Khan. "Why were these songs not pulled up for using Pakistani voices, while mine has?" the composer questioned in an interview earlier. Following Supriyo's suggestion, the film's director Chakri Toleti said they are yet to decide the fate of the song.

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Welcome To New York's song Ishtehaar is picturised on Sonakshi Sinha and Diljit Dosanjh, the lead characters of the film.

The movie is produced by Pooja Films and Wiz Films with Music by Pooja Music, "Welcome To New York" releases worldwide on February 23. I don't understand why we are being targeted like this. "We have made an entertaining film and we don't want to hurt anyone".

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