T-Series pulls down Atif Aslam's Kinna Sona version from YouTube, issues apology for 'mistake'

Music label T-Series has removed a song by Pakistani singer Atif Aslam from their YouTube channel after objections raised by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena.
Atif Aslam (Photo: Internet / Archives)
Atif Aslam (Photo: Internet / Archives)

Mumbai, Jun 25 (PTI): Music label and production house T-Series has removed a song by Pakistani singer Atif Aslam from their YouTube channel after objections raised by the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).

T-Series had earlier released Atif's version of the single Kinna Sona from last year's action-drama Marjaavaan on their YouTube channel.

The move didn't go down well with MNS Chitrapat Sena president Ameya Khopkar who warned the production house of "major action" if it did not remove the video.

In a letter addressed to MNS chief Raj Thackeray, T-Series said the track was erroneously uploaded on their YouTube channel.

"The said song, sung by Atif Aslam, was put out on the YouTube channel of T-Series by one of our employees. He was unaware of his actions, which led to the mistake," they said in the letter.

"We deeply regret this and apologise for the same. We assure you that the song won't release on our platform and we won't promote it either."

"We are taking down the song and reassure you that we won't be assisting any Pakistani singers," said the letter.

Following the Pulwama terror attack last year, MNS had asked music companies to stop working with Pakistani singers.

Pakistani actors faced a similar ban in 2016 after the Uri terror strike.

Filmmaker Karan Johar's film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil also faced difficulties in its release for featuring Fawad Khan.

The film was eventually released after the director apologised and promised to never work with Pakistani actors again.

Bollywood producers have avoided working with actors from across the border ever since the controversy.

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