Salman-Arijit Feud continues with Welcome To New York?

The rift between Salman Khan and Arijit Singh appears to be growing even wider as reports suggest that the singer has been replaced yet again for Salman’s latest film, Welcome To New York.

Salman Khan and Arijit Singh feud

Arijit being replaced by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has notably upset singer and Union minister Babul Supriyo

Salman Khan and Arijit Singh have not been on good terms with each other for a while now.

Recent reports suggest that it is because of their ongoing feud that Arijit was replaced by Rahat Fateh Ali Khan for Welcome To New York’s song ‘Ishtehaar’.

This is despite the fact that Salman is only a small part of the film, whereas Sonakshi Sinha and Diljit Dosanjh play the lead roles.

It’s not the first time Salman has had Arijit replaced. It all started in 2016, during Salman’s own film Sultan. Arijit Singh had recorded a version of ‘Jag Ghoomeya’ but due to their differences, Salman chose Rahat Fateh Ali Khan’s version for the film.

The story broke when Arijit posted a note to Salman on his social media account, pleading him to use his song in the film. After a few hours, Arijit took down the post but the fire was already abuzz among his fans.

In a media interview, he mentioned:

“No regrets. I have no shame in saying that I wanted that song in Sultan. I knew some would misunderstand my Facebook apology. But it doesn’t matter. For me, the song is important. And my relation with Salman sir is important. He has to forgive me someday. I didn’t mean to insult him.”

Later it was revealed that during an awards show, both Arijit and Salman got off the wrong foot. Since then, the star has been holding a grudge against the singer.

This appeared evident even during Salman’s latest release, Tiger Zinda Hai when he offered the romantic number ‘Dil Diyan Gallan’ to Atif Aslam instead of Arijit.

But Arijit being replaced by Pakistani singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan has notably upset singer and Union minister Babul Supriyo. In fact, the minister started to issue statements against the inclusion of Pakistani singers for Bollywood films.

After giving a statement to a news channel, Supriyo took to Twitter asking for a ban on Pakistani artists:

“U don’t need to be politically conscious Bhai .. just think about the families who lose their sons, brothers, husbands, young children who lose their dads & then think that u guys r standing up for an Atif or Rahat or Fawad?? Ther’s nothing personal against them•Good artists BUT

“If IPL can take a stand abt Pakistanis why can’t Bollywood?? It will send a strong message worldwide.. But don’t u think enough is enough now?”

“Yes, I cud ba Sweet singer (thank u) but dies it mean I can’t hv a strong opinion? Spare a thought for the braveheart guys•Music?Later!! [sic]”

Supriyo’s incensed remarks have now put the producers of the upcoming film in a dilemma over re-recording the song with an Indian singer.

Since 2017, there has been an ongoing debate over the inclusion of Pakistani artists from creative industries for events in India.

Filmmakers have been wary of casting Pakistani artists, especially after actors such as Fawad Khan and Mahira Khan were even denied entry into the country to promote their films.

Could it be that some of these top singers will also face a ban from the industry? And is Salman’s word final on the Welcome To New York song? Only time will tell.

Surabhi is a journalism graduate, currently pursuing an MA. She is passionate about films, poetry and music. She is fond of travelling places and meeting new people. Her motto is: "Love, laugh, live."

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