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Singer Kanika Kapoor cancels five shows in Pakistan

Singer Kanika Kapoor says it would be dangerous to perform in Pakistan amid tension between the two countries.

music Updated: Oct 03, 2016 19:19 IST
Monika Rawal
Monika Rawal
Hindustan Times
Kanika Kapoor,Singer,Bollywood
Singer Kanika Kapoor says it’s not a good idea to perform in Pakistan amid political tension. (Ritwik Ghosh/HT Photo)

Following Indian army’s surgical strikes in Pakistan occupied Kashmir, singer Kanika Kapoor has cancelled five shows in Pakistan .

“I had a show in Karachi on October 28, followed by four other shows in other parts of the country. But I cancelled all of them. I thought it was not a good idea to go. As a girl, it’s dangerous for me to go amid such tension,” says Kapoor, adding that she took the decision despite everything being in place for the shows.

“We know we’ll bear some losses but nothing can be done about it. We have returned money to people who had bought tickets.”

The 38-year-old singer who did a show in Islamabad a few months ago says she felt very secure performing in Pakistan. “It was such a successful show. People there (Pakistan) were so lovely and very kind to me. The show was very well put together. I feel sad the world has come to this stage because of some people.”

Calling the surgical strikes ‘a political thing’, she adds, “Army is fighting against the other army. Countries are fighting. It’s not us (common people) who are fighting. I have so many friends in Pakistan and they absolutely love Indians. It’s only political ego of both countries pertaining to Kashmir and some other issues, otherwise there is no problem.”

Singer Kanika Kapoor performed in Islamabad a few months ago and the show was a huge success.

As the industry stands divided on the ongoing debate of banning Pakistani artists in Bollywood films and sending them back to their country, Kapoor strongly opposes the idea. “Why should they be banned from coming here? They are so talented. They are human beings at the end of the way. Because of certain people who want to create war and don’t believe in peace, it’s unfair to make everyone else suffer,” she points.

The singer admits how it is becomes taxing for artists to be dragged in this political tension. “It’s very sad because of government and politics, we artists have to suffer. There are many artists from Pakistan who want to come to India and work. We love their music and vice versa. An artist is an artist, why should you drag them into it?”

First Published: Sep 30, 2016 18:06 IST