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Akbar Asif cancels <i>Mughal-E-Azam</i> premiere

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Monday, June 26, 2006 

Mumbai (UNI): London based businessman Akbar Asif has cancelled the Pakistan premiere of his late father K Asif's Mughal-e-Azam after noted lyricist Javed Akhtar was denied a visa to visit the neighbouring country. Bollywood personalities like Sridevi, Boney Kapoor, Dino Morea and Jackie Shroff were among others to accompany Asif from London for the premiere scheduled for today. Even though Akhtar was granted visa late last evening, he can get it only on Monday.

''Javed Saab is one of our veterans. When he was denied the visa, we felt that we should not hold the premiere, hence we cancelled the same,'' said Akbar in a statement. ''Yes, it was father's dream to see Mughal-E-Azam being released in Pakistan,'' says Akbar Asif. ''And it was a great moment to see the dream fulfilled. Nevetheless, we respect Javed saab so much that we did not feel the need to have a premiere without his presence.'' The proceeds from the premeire were to go to the earthquake victims of Pakistan.

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