Shilpa Shinde has spoken out against the decision made by the All Indian Cine Workers Association (AICWA) and Federation of Western India Cinema Employees (FWICE) who banned Mika Singh from performing ever again.
Reported on Asian Age, Shinde posted a video on social media in support of Singh said, “Artists ki koi sarhad nahin hoti. I completely support Mika Singh. It’s really sad how he has been pressured into apologising. Has he committed a crime? He is an artist who can perform anywhere. No one can be stopped from earning his/her bread and butter. If, today, actors like Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan… or singers like Mika…don’t perform in Pakistan, will that stop the war and terrorism?”…”banning artists won’t help anyone”.
Shinde further added, “As I said, if I get an invite from Pakistan to perform there if our government clears the papers, I’ll perform there. I’ve fans there, what is their fault? I understand the ban on Pakistani artists performing here because we already have so much talent in India. But that does not mean we’ll stop listening to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Being born in Pakistan can’t be his fault.”
“Main bhi Hindustani hoon. I’m no less a patriot. Indians are known for being liberal, loving. So if Pakistan is doing certain things which aren’t right, should we not avoid repeating the same and set an example. Mein darr ke nahi ji sakti… Also, why aren’t these associations whose job is to support artists, with Mika rather being against him.”
After the ban was given, Singh openly apologised to the nation and to both AICWA and FWICE.