The uncertainty surrounding the exhibition of all Bollywood films in Pakistan had also put a question mark on the ambitious plans to host a premiere of E. Niwas’ Indo-Pak love story ‘Total Siyappa’ in Pakistan.
But now the decks have been cleared for a twin city Pakistan premiere, in Karachi and Lahore on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
While the film’s co-producer Neeraj Pandey will attend both the premieres with the film’s Pakistani leading man Ali Zafar, the leading lady Yami Gautam and the film’s director E Niwas have decided to stay away from the Pakistani premiere.
Niwas and Yami will attend the Dubai premiere on Wednesday and return to Mumbai. The film co-producer Neeraj Pandey will proceed to Pakistan for the twin premieres in Karachi and Lahore.
E Niwas says he decided to return from Dubai to Mumbai for practical reasons. “Neeraj has gone to Pakistan with Ali. Yami and I decided to be here for the release. There was so much uncertainty about the Pakistan premiere. This is the best we could do.”
However a friend of Niwas says, “There was no question of taking Yami to Pakistan. As for E Niwas, he got married in 2008. He has a wife and two small children. He didn’t want to take a risk.”