Visa issues forced Pakistani actor Imran Abbas to cancel a film promotional tour in Chandigarh
The team of Muzaffar Ali's 'Jaanisar', which has been travelling to various cities in India for promotions, had to cancel its Chandigarh visit recently. Reason? Pakistani actor Imran Abbas, who stars in the lead, possesses a travel visa that is valid for limited cities.
A source says, "We were in Lucknow when we got to know that Imran won’t be able to travel to Chandigarh as it was not covered under his travel visa. We didn’t want to go ahead without him, so cancelled the visit altogether. Since it was a last-minute decision, the organisers were in a bit of a soup. We couldn’t do much apart from apologising profusely to them."
The actor will also have to miss out on the film's release — August 7 — as his visa expires two days prior to it. However, he intends to complete the promotions in some other cities here before returning to Pakistan.
Imran says, "Before starting the city tours, my visa was sorted for eight cities. However ,when I was in Lucknow, I was informed that my Chandigarh visa had to be cancelled. My emergency application too was not approved because of paperwork and hopefully, I will be able to visit these cities in future."