Ajay Devgn’s movie Raid has been released, and it has gotten some very strong reviews. The movie has been praised for being narratively strong, good dialogues and and the performances from the star cast. The movie also has some great songs from the legendary singer, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, who hails from Pakistan. Now, if people might remember, in 2016 there was a severe controversy around the Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, who was starring Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, and other artists from the neighboring country who were eager to work in the industry. Just then, the relations between the two countries got strained and political parties began to call for a boycott of all Pakistani actors.
Amdist this, Ajay devgn commented that even though the Pakistani actors were good artists, he would not be working with them, as they still supported their country’s stance on the conflict. Sometime later, Ajay’s Baadshaho was released and featured a song from Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, named “Mere Rashke Qamar”. The song was a superhit, with the video getting 135 million views on YouTube and the lyric video earning 74 million views.
Raid has two songs from Rahat, named, Sanu Ek Pal Chain and Nit Khair Manga, and both of them are soulful, and beautifully devastating. But the question is, has Ajay realized that working with Pakistani artists isn’t a bad idea, or has he made an exception for Rahat, who has previously sung and performed in India. Granted, Ajay isn’t the producer of the movie, but he could have asserted his position and asked for another artist, surely there are other great singers from India too? This shouldn’t be taken that we don’t want Pakistani artists, no, art transcends all boundaries and should be celebrated by many, but when someone like Ajay shows such hypocrisy, shouldn’t he also clarify his thoughts on the controversial subject, or does he intend to keep working with artists while criticizing others? It doesn’t matter if Rahat is only a singer, but its that all artists should be embraced for their artistry as equal. All such actions from the actors only show case the hypocrisy that is rampant in the Bollywood.