BookMyShow has announced the cancellation of the Indian leg of Shubh’s world tour amid a political backlash against the rap artist.
The entertainment and ticketing platform announced the cancellation this week just days before his 10-city trek was due to begin in Bengaluru this weekend.
The decision was made amid accusations of the Indian-Canadian artist’s alleged support for the Khalistan separatist movement. Shubh had previously published a map of India missing the Khalistan region, and a backlash intensified against the duel national at the start of this week when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested the Indian government may have had involvement in the murder of separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia in June.
BookMyShow announced the cancellation of the Still Rollin Tour on Wednesday, noting ticket holders would be refunded in the next 7-10 days. The Indian leg, due to run until November, was due to visit Gurgaon, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mumbai, Kolkata and Pune.
Shubh took to social media to express his disappointment at the cancellation.
He said: “I’m extremely disheartened by the cancellation of my tour in India. I was highly amped up and enthusiastic to perform in my country, in front of my people. The preparations were in full swing and I was practicing with my heart and soul for the last two months. And I was very excited, happy, and ready to perform. But I guess destiny had some other plans.”
India’s former cricket captain Virat Kohli unfollowed Shubh on Instagram after the singer shared the controversial map of India. Aman Gupta’s electronics brand boAt also withdrew its tour sponsorship.
The Still Rollin Tour also features dates in the UK, UAE, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US.