Ghazal and Bhajan singer Anoop Jalota is in no mood to easily forgive or forget the Uri massacre. And he wants some answers from the artists from Pakistan working in Bollywood. “Whichever Pakistani wants to work in India has to give an opinion about the Uri massacre, provided he or she believes like all right-thinking global citizens, that Pakistan should stop exporting terrorism to India and the rest of the world.”
This is not the only demand that Jalota, who refuses to visit Pakistan, makes from Pakistani’s artists in Bollywood. Jalota sets another pre-condition for Pak artists to work in Bollywood saying “One-half of whatever they earn in India will go to the families of our martyred jawans.”
Anoop Jalota has refused to visit Pakistan professionally or personally. “I never sang in Pakistan, never did any concerts there as a matter of policy.”
Anoop Jalota says he had many opportunities to visit Pakistan which he declined. “I was invited many times and granted the visa which I still have on my passport page. Why should I go and sing for the country where they run factories for creating terror? After those bomb blasts in Mumbai, I cancelled all my concerts in India and North America which I was doing with Ghulam Ali Saab. Bal Thackerayji was very impressed and had always appreciated my policy. My late wife Medha was also very much against me performing in Pakistan.”
However, Pakistanis who love Anoop Jalota’s music are most welcome to visit India to enjoy his music. Says Anoop, “They (Pakistanis) do come to India to hear me often. Last year, Pakistanis came to my concert in Nagpur and enjoyed my music. But, I have no wish to sing and earn money in Pakistan.”
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