Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees (FWICE) Bans Pakistani Actors


By Anahita Zurvan

The FWICE, established in 1956,  has decided to ban Pakistani actors, in a resolution passed on 22 February 2018.  FWCIE being the mother-body of all, bans the Pakistani actors in solidarity with their army and with the faith that “Nation Comes First.

Despite being shown the cold shoulder many times, nothing can stop Pakistani actors from working in Indian films, if offered a role. It’s a situation which needs serious contemplation from our side as well. Why can’t we say no? When would the “Nation Come First” for our artists?

For how long, in the name of art, we shall continue to be humiliated by Indian government?

This ban is in similar tradition of the resolution passed after Uri attacks to ban Pakistani actors from working in the Indian industry.

In India, the line between art and politics is very fuzzy. Many known Indian actors regularly swan into parliament and lend their gigantic stardom to one candidate or another. Inescapably, politics intrude otherwise.

Karan Johar, who starred Fawad Khan in “Aye Dil Hai Mushkil” told the media, when Fawad was banned from promoting the film or joining the initial screening, “my heart bleeds for the lost lives among India’s soldiers, ban on actors “is not a solution”.

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“Aey Dil Hay Mushkil” Cast

Salman Khan, one of world’s highest-paid actors, told the international media that his Pakistani colleagues had all been cleared for entry by the Indian government, and by every stretch of imagination, they were “artistes not terrorists”.


Nawaz Uddin Siddiqui told, “The governme-nt allows an artiste to work in any country and they have proper policies to deal with any such issue”.

Among many singers and actors such as Mahira Khan, Atif Aslam, Fawad Khan, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Adnan Siddiqui and Sajjal Ali, following are the famous actors from Pakistan who ventured into Indian film industry.

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