Ghulam Ali Controversy : Salim Ali Voices Supports For Pakistani Singers

Bollywood music director, Salim Merchant came ahead in support of Ghulam Ali stating Indian music lovers stand in favor of the Pakistani Artiste whose Mumbai Concert was cancelled after Shiv Sena' objected.

"The issue (of Ghulam Ali's concert being cancelled in Maharashtra) is confined to Maharashtra only but the music buffs of our country are with Ghulam Ali," Merchant, who was here to promote his upcoming movie Wedding Pullav, told Sources.

"I fail to understand why some people say that they won't allow Pakistani artistes to perform in India. Why this chasm exists between politics and music...," he said.

He forbade accusations that Pakistani artistes were given respect in India, while their national counterparts got scant respect in the neighborhood country.

The music composer stated that Pakistani mass were fans of India film singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar and Mohammad Rafi. Likewise, he said that there lies admiration for Ghulam Ali, Mehdi Hassan and other singers from Pakistan.

"If somebody remains in his house, many things come to his mind," Merchant said in an veiled attack on singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya, who voiced his support for the cancellation.

However, he told reporters that it would be better if they ask Abhijeet about his controversial tweet.

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