Atif Aslam’s Aadat Si Hai Mujhko to Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s Jiya Dhadak Dhadak jaye…those memorable tunes and the voices behind them will not be heard in Bollywood films again.
Alright, the verdict is out. Pakistani artists are not working in India EVER.
After a closed door meeting between Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the Film and Television Producers Guild of India Ltd President Mukesh Bhatt, producer and director of Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Karan Johar and Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray, it has been decided that Pakistani artists will henceforth not be employed by Indian producers.
On the bright side, MNS has promised to “allow” Ae Dil Hai Mushkil starring Fawad Khan to be screened without any violence or protest from their side. However, Raj Thackeray has asked Bollywood producers to give a written statement that they would not hire any Pakistani artists.
This means that at least half of the hit songs you have known and loved over the years, well, that will be the last of the Pakistani singers you will hear of in this country. Atif Aslam’s Aadat Si Hai Mujhko to Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s Jiya Dhadak Dhadak jaye…those memorable tunes and the voices behind them will not be heard in Bollywood films again.
(Abhijeet Bhattacharya is probably laughing out loud in the distance)
Here are the best Bollywood songs from Pakistani singers who had won our hearts for over two-and-a-half decades…
- Jeena Jeena (Badlapur)
- Tu Jaane Na (Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani)
- Pehli Nazar (Race)
- Tere Bin (Bas Ek Pal)
- Aadat (Kalyug)
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan
- Jag Ghoomeya (Sultan)
- Jag Soona Soona (Om Shanti Om)
- Bol Na Halke Halke
- Main Jahaan Rahoon (Namastey London)
- Jiya Dhadak Dhadak Jaye (Kalyug)
Shafqat Amanat Ali
- Mitwa (Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna)
- Dildara (Ra.One)
- Yeh Honsla
- Tere Naina (My Name Is Khan)
- O Rangrez (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
- Mera Yaar (Bhaag Milkha Bhaag)
- Piya Tu Kaahe Rootha Re (Kahaani)
Zeb and Haniya
- Hone Do Batiyan (Fitoor)
Qurat Ul Ain Balouch
- Kaari Kaari (Pink)
P.S: You can still catch these singers in action on Coke Studio Pakistan, so well, good luck!