Now, Pakistani singer Atif Aslam's video gets the boot

Updated: Nov 07, 2016, 14:17 IST | Shaheen Parkar

T-Series won't release a video the Pakistani singer is believed to have shot with Ileana D'Cruz in Turkey. In fact, the makers now deny that it was ever filmed

Atif Aslam and Ileana D'Cruz shooting for the track in Turkey
Atif Aslam and Ileana D'Cruz shooting for the track in Turkey

It's not only Bollywood films starring Pakistani actors that are facing the heat, but music videos too. When the political climate turned against Pakistani artistes last month, singer Atif Aslam was shooting for a single with actress Ileana D'Cruz. The music video, produced by T Series, was shot in Turkey. Now, the makers don't know what to do with it.

Says a source, "Since it features a Pakistani artiste, there is no way it can be released in the present circumstances. The producers have no option but to let it remain in cold storage. They are hoping things will change in the future when they can take a call."

Vinod Bhanushali of T-Series, who oversees music acquisition for the production house, says, "There is no plan to release a music video as of now. Before the release of any single, we always have a plan in place. Right now, nothing is concrete."

When asked if Atif's video would see light of day, he says, "We haven't shot anything." But we have snapshots of the artiste from the shoot, we say. "We are not releasing a video," is all he will say in response to that. Directed and choreographed by Bollywood choregrapher Ahmed Khan, the video was filmed in the ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus, the most visited archaeological site in Turkey.

Speculation was also rife that the production house might include Atif's track in one of their upcoming films. He had rushed from a concert in the US for the shoot.

The singer shot to fame with the Woh Lamhe track from Emraan Hashmi-starrer Zeher (2005) after he was introduced to Bollywood by Mahesh Bhatt.

Atif was also scheduled to perform a concert in Gurgaon on October 15, but the event was cancelled after objections were raised.

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