If Pakistan’s import Imran Abbas who makes his Bollywood debut in Vikram Bhatt’s ‘Creature’ is not seen anywhere promoting his maiden Bollywood venture, then we have only the rapidly-declining political conditions between India and Pakistan to blame for it.
One understands from sources close to the film that Imran has not been granted a visa to visit India for this last lap of promotions.
Says the source from the Creature unit, “It is an awkward situation for Imran. ‘Creature’ is his first film in Bollywood and therefore very important. At the same time he is not really the hero of ‘Creature’, Bipasha Basu is. So no one is really missing him at the current events.”
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What is worrisome for the future Bollywood projects where Pakistani actors may feature is the escalating tensions between the two countries. Actors like Ali Zafar, Humaima Malick (who makes debut in Kunal Deshmukh’s ‘Raja Natwarlal’ this week) Fawad Khan (who pairs up with Sonam Kapoor in ‘Khubsoorat’) and Imran Abbas are liked by the Mumbai film industry. But the political conditions between the countries being such that all the actors from across the border would find it increasingly difficult to make a career for themselves in Bollywood.
A very prominent epic filmmaker who had almost signed Imran Abbas two years ago says he would not sign any Pakistani actor. “What if the situation worsens between the two countries? We can record songs with those very talented Pakistani singers on Skype and in Dubai. But we can’t shoot with them in their absence, can we?”
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