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Bollywood Takes a Stand: FWICE Urges Filmmakers to Boycott Maldives

Maldivian Leaders Face Backlash for Criticizing PM Modi, Bollywood Reacts Strongly

January 11, 2024: In a surprising turn of events, the Federation of Western India Cine Employees (FWICE) has taken a bold stance against the leaders of Maldives, urging Bollywood filmmakers and celebrities to boycott the picturesque island nation for future shoots. The move comes in response to offensive comments made by three Maldivian ministers against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to Lakshadweep.

The controversy escalated when PM Modi shared photos from Lakshadweep on social media, drawing reactions from various quarters, including Bollywood celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan and Ranveer Singh. Former cricketer Virender Sehwag added fuel to the fire with a scathing post, intensifying the tensions between India and Maldives.

In an official statement released by FWICE, the organization condemned the offensive remarks made by the Maldivian ministers and highlighted the strained relations between the two countries. The press note emphasized the need for solidarity within the Indian film industry against shooting in Maldives, proposing that filmmakers explore the diverse and beautiful locations within India instead.

FWICE’s strong appeal raises concerns over the potential repercussions for Maldives as a favored destination for Bollywood shoots. The statement suggests that the film industry should unite against Maldives, showcasing the existence of equally enchanting locales within the country.

The call for a boycott stems from the belief that such a united front will not only send a powerful message to Maldives but also reinforce the idea of promoting domestic tourist spots. FWICE aims to encourage filmmakers to discover and utilize the beauty of Indian landscapes, emphasizing that there are many alternatives to Maldives within the country.

As the controversy unfolds, it remains to be seen how Bollywood filmmakers and celebrities will respond to FWICE’s appeal and whether the industry will indeed shift its focus away from Maldives in future projects. The tension between India and Maldives has now extended beyond diplomatic circles, making waves in the world of entertainment.


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