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Indo-Pak ‘Sur-kshetra’ music show shoot shifted to Dubai

Sur-kshetraMumbai, Jan 23 Producers of an upcoming music-based reality show “Sur-kshetra” were hoping to bring to India some well-known artists from Pakistan. But the plans have gone for a toss, after the numerous controversies that Pakistani artists have been getting embroiled in within the country, forcing the makers to shoot the show in Dubai.

The show, being made by veteran producer Gajendra Singh for Sahara One, already has Pakistani singer Atif Aslam associated with it as the captain of his country’s team. But the plan was to bring in more names from across the border.

“Sahara One’s entertainment head-honcho Boney Kapoor and ‘Sur-kshetra’ producer Gajendra Singh were all set to bring a number of Pakistani stalwarts to India for the show. Atif Aslam did come down to India for a brief visit. But there were plans to get several other stalwarts of the Pakistani-Bangladeshi music industry, among them Runa Laila, Abida Parveen, Ghulam Ali, down to India for the show,” said a source.

These plans have hastily been dropped. The show would now be recorded completely in Dubai. According to earlier plans, the venue for the show was both India and Dubai with musicians from both Pakistan and India involved in a free-flowing stream of merging talent.

But now bringing a large cartel of Pakistani musicians into Mumbai seems, in the words of a source from the show, “suicidal”.

When contacted, Singh said: “Yes, the show is going to be recorded exclusively in Dubai. Some Pakistani artists who come to India for short-term publicity, damage and negate the humble effort I’ve been making for the last three decades to better cultural ties between the two countries through music.”

Singh has earlier given a platform to Pakistani singers through music reality show “Sa Re Ga Ma Pa”.

“I don’t believe there’s a better tool than songs to bring India and Pakistan together. But every time a controversy like the one with Ustad Rahat Fateh Ali Khan or Veena Malik happens, we move back many steps.

“There are good times for Indo-Pak relations, and there are bad times. I’d say we’re currently at a low ebb in our relations with our neighbours, and some of their artists, who are coming to work in Mumbai, are not helping the cause,” he added.

While Singh went mum on the issue after the outburst, a source close to him reveals that procuring visas for Pakistani artists became tougher in the past few weeks.

“Non-controversial artists like Ali Zafar and Atif Aslam are embarrassed by the antics of their colleagues from their nation. But there’s little they can do except look the other way,” said the source.

“Sur-kshetra” will have singing legend Asha Bhosle as one of the three judges on the show. The other two names will be officially announced soon by the channel.

Other names associated with the show include singer-composer Himesh Reshammiya, who will captain the India team.

The host of the show, expected to be launched in February, is yet to be announced.


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25 Responses to “Indo-Pak ‘Sur-kshetra’ music show shoot shifted to Dubai”

  1. hafiz
    January 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    could you tell me about sur kshetra shotting place and pass

    thank you

  2. hafiz
    January 25, 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    i mean where they are performing

    we can see live ?

  3. sadiq chani
    January 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    Hello dear,

    could you plz tell me about “sur kshetra music battle” shotting place in dubai and how i get the pass ?

    plz im wating …………….


  4. Usman Bhatti
    January 26, 2012 at 11:24 pm #


    Please please please tell me the location and day of recording of this show, i am dying to see this show live kindly if anybody knows the place, date and time of this show and procedure how i can participate then please do let me know.

    • Usman Bhatti
      January 26, 2012 at 11:26 pm #

      i am in Dubai and want to see this show live please tell me if anybody knows the location?

  5. Adeel Ahmed
    January 28, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

    Hello dear,

    could you plz tell me about “sur kshetra music battle” shotting place in dubai and how i get the pass ?

    plz im wating …………….


    Adeel Ahmed


  6. Moon Afaan
    January 31, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Hi, Dear, I am waiting,when this music program will start, I love music to sing.

    Hey yar bohat betabi se intezar ha suroo ki jeet ka, INSHA ALLAH Pakistan will be winner in this event.

    Best Regards,
    Moon Afaan

  7. Tahseen
    February 1, 2012 at 11:08 am #

    I want to know date and and time of this show

    February 11, 2012 at 12:26 am #

    Boss… release date bta do….
    Intezar ki had ho gai ab to.

    Pak team contestants ki list hi bta do yar.

    B,Regards / Shahid

  9. hooria
    February 14, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    koi release date bata dai ……..!!

  10. Muhammad Fahad Siddiqui
    February 16, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    Release kb ho ga yaro………and Inshallah Pak team contest bast .becoz leader number one singer hai world ka

  11. shaid
    February 26, 2012 at 12:49 pm #


  12. tuba sayyed Aadeez
    February 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    ya intezar ki had par ho gayi plz releasing date bta do kab aayega ?

  13. Rajiv Bhatt
    March 3, 2012 at 12:46 pm #


  14. JJ
    March 4, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    gotta get a gud com mates go INDIA go

  15. imran khan
    March 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm #


  16. imran khan
    March 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    hi dear main pakistan say I want to know date and and time of this show

  17. imran khan
    March 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    pakistan jeetaga inshallah

  18. imran khan
    March 19, 2012 at 8:36 pm #

    pakistan jeetaga inshallah


  19. Sajid majeed
    March 26, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    Dear All,
    The show will be on Air by 30th March 2012. The musician who are participating from pakistan are below as under.

    Imran Ansari ( rythem Guitar)
    Asif Hafeez ( Keyboards)
    Adil Ahmed (Lead Guitar)
    Khalid romi (Durms)

    I don’t know about the singers, becuase i am musician also and belongs to this band.

    Thanks and regards
    Sajid Majeed

  20. vikas
    March 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    i wish ki india jeete lekin i m a grt fan of atif aslam so i m on both the sides

    • abdul haseeb shah
      May 15, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

      kab shoro ho ga ye

  21. abdul haseeb shah
    May 15, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    when it will start?what is its timing

  22. Mohdfaraz
    October 29, 2012 at 7:37 pm #

    I am a big fan of atif aslam and i want india to wim this ….. i hpe so india will this event

  23. twinkle
    November 18, 2012 at 5:33 am #

    inshallah pakistan will win
    i love yoy atif

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