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News |  30 Mar 2013 21:30 |  By RnMTeam

Ali Zafar's publicist clears the air over visa issue

MUMBAI: Dismissing a story carried by a leading Indian daily stating that Ali Zafar missed a promotional event in India for his upcoming movie Chashme Baddoor as he was denied visa, publicist Ammara Hikmat has denied the rumours and said that Zafar will be heading to India soon.

As per the Indian daily, an insider from the production team informed them that Zafar was denied the visa for unknown reasons, saying, "He was supposed to join the team but couldn't as his India work visa had been turned down."

Refuting the claims, his publicist told a leading news agency, "This is completely incorrect - he never applied for a visa. He's been busy in the UK promoting his film Aman Ki Asha this entire month; he also attended a press conference for Chashme Baddoor there. Ali keeps going back and forth alone and with his family. So I don't understand why his visa would get rejected in the first place - this is all fabricated."

She further stated that due to his busy schedule, he was unable to fly to India to be an active part of any promotional activities.

While his publicist has denied the story, it is still not clear if the visa rejection story was true or could be a possible publicity stunt. Many Indian publications are known to feature such reports to create buzz around a particular film, which is a part of its publicity plan.

The relations between both the countries have witnessed its share of ups and downs with political issues being at the forefront. But inspite of that, Pakistani musicians and artistes have been welcomed and accepted into the country and industry without any bias.

"Earlier because of LOC issues, it was said that Pakistani artists were thrown out of India - this is not true either. I've been to India at least four times in these past five months and I've been treated pretty well," Hikmat added.