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Ashoke Pandit: Navjot Singh Sidhu can enter Film City, but we won’t work with him

After the Indian Film & Television Directors’ Association issued a statement on Thursday asserting that they have requested Sony Entertainment to terminate Navjot Singh Sidhu’s services from The Kapil Sharma Show, rumours were rife yesterday.
Archana Puran Singh with SharmaTalking to mid-day, IFTDA president Ashoke Pandit cleared the air: Film City cannot ban him from entering.He can move around in Film City as much as he wants, but our workers and technicians won’t work with him. This is an indefinite ban.
Ashoke Pandit The move comes in the wake of Sidhu’s comments regarding the Pulwama terror attack. The politician-anchor had stated that a nation cannot be held responsible for the acts of terrorists.With his comment sparking outrage across the country and fans demanding his ouster from Kapil Sharma’s comedy show, Sidhu went promptly missing from his anchoring duties. Although Archana Puran Singh replaced him in the last two episodes of the show, it remains unclear if she is a permanent fixture.The show’s producer Salman Khan and the channel have remained tight-lipped about Sidhu’s exit, so far.On his part, Pandit states that he has requested Khan to look into the matter.
We will boycott any show where Sidhu is participating. We have written to the channel as well Salman Khan.He is an intelligent man. He won’t do anything that hurts public sentiments.
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Navjot Singh Sidhu ALLOWED to enter Film City but won’t be given work, claims IFTDA

Navjot Singh Sidhu who has been facing a lot of flak lately for his comments on the ghastly Pulwama Terror Attacks was banned from entering the Film City by the Indian Films & Television Directors’ Association (IFTDA) after being replaced overnight.Now, the IFTDA Ashoke Pandit has come out in media and has denied that Sidhu was banned from entering the Film City.
He said that he can enter and move around in the area because no one can stop any citizen from doing so. Having said that, he reiterated the association’s stand on a life long ban on Sidhu and said that no one will work with him in future.The association has written to the channel and Salman Khan who is the producer of The Kapil Sharma Show to take strict action against Sidhu and even Kapil for supporting him. Navjot Singh Sidhu had said that terrorism has no religion and that how can innocents bear the brunt for a crime committed by a few? This was the statement which got him into this soup.
Although Salman Khan has been silent on this matter, Sidhu was replaced overnight with Archana Puran Singh. There is no official statement on this issue from the channel and it is not yet known if they will ever bring Sidhu back in the show.Kapil, on the other hand, denied that Sidhu was permanently replaced and said that replacing him would not solve the bigger problem and people should not fall for diversion tactics.In the wake of Pulwama attacks, the film industry has banned from releasing films in Pakistan and all their artistes are banned form working here.

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