Visa stories are baseless, says 'Chashme Baddoor' actor Ali Zafar
It was rumoured that Pakistani actor Ali Zafar would not be able promote his upcoming film Chashme Baddoor in India due to visa problems.
The actor denying the rumours said, "This is utterly baseless. I am joining my co-stars Siddharth Narayan and Divyendu Sharma from early next week. I wish I could be there for the whole period of the film's promotion."
Ali Zafar is away from the promotion of his film because he is shooting for E Niwas' Aman Ki Asha. "Sad, because the film and its promotions are real fun. It was more fun than I had expected it to be. Bonding with the boys, the fun of working with David Dhawan, discussing Punjabi jokes with the sweet Taapsee Pannu and learning from veterans like Rishi Kapoor and Anupam Kher, not to mention the formula for masala-making from the writers Sajid-Farhad and music-directors Sajid-Wajid. All put together an awesome experience," the actor said.
Ali Zafar said he experiences no problems at all in visiting India and being part of Bollywood.
"I love the Mumbai entertainment industry. Everyone has been kind supportive and very friendly. I haven't encountered any hostility anywhere in India," Ali Zafar said emotionally.
Speaking up for Ali, a source from Viacom 18, the producers of Chashme Baddoor said, "We are embarrassed to read that Ali is not here to promote our film due to visa problems. Ali has never had any problems coming to India. He is a sweetheart. He has been with us as much as he can. And he joins us again in a couple of days. We all love him. It's painful to read stories that damage relations between the countries when in fact the presence of individuals like Ali makes us realize how close the people from the two countries really are."