Days after he was sacked from The Kapil Sharma Show, where he featured as a special guest, Navjot Singh Sidhu has now reportedly been banned from entering Mumbai’s Film City, a popular shoot location, which is also the site for Kapil’s comedy show.
In a letter to Film City’s managing director on Thursday, the Federation of Western India Cine Employees announced their decision to ban the cricketer-turned-politician from entering the location’s premises. The federation earlier banned Pakistani artists from working in India and the release of Indian films in Pakistan.
Notably, Sidhu courted up major controversy when he said on The Kapil Sharma Show that an entire nation (Pakistan) and its people should not be blamed for the deeds of a few men while commenting on the February 14 attack in Pulwama, which killed at least 40 CRPF jawans.
Angered by his remark, hashtags like #SackSidhu, #BoycottKapilSharmaShow and #UnsubscribeSontyTV starting trending on Twitter, forcing makers to fire Sidhu, who was known for his instant wit and shayaris. Now, Archana Puran Singh has reportedly replaced him on the show.
Several celebrities, including Anupam Kher and Manoj Joshi have criticised Sidhu for his comments, calling it rubbish and a political gimmick. Meanwhile, Kapil Sharma has reacted to the controversy, saying that though he agreed with the government’s decision on the situation, firing Sidhu was not the right way to deal with the problem.