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Jun 28, 2012 at 02:13pm IST

Pak singers denied visa for 'Cocktail' music launch

Mumbai: If only wishes were horses! For a group of singers from Pakistan, who have lent their soulful voices to some of the chartbuster tracks of Saif Ali Khan’s latest film, their dreams of coming to India were crushed.

Reason being that the Indian government didn’t grant them a visa. If all had gone well, the singers would have been part of an event this month in Mumbai to officially launch the music of the film.

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Among the four singers, Arif Lohar is one of the biggest names in Punjabi folk music and Javed Bashir is the lead singer of the Pakistani band Mekaal Hasan. And with the Indian government refusing to give them a visa, apparently the producers of the film have been left in a lurch.

Pak singers denied visa for 'Cocktail' music launch

Saif Ali Khan and Deepika Padukone

Sources close to producer Dinesh Vijan says, “The producer thought it is very unfair to these Pakistani singers, if they weren’t given their due in front of the Indian media. So they decided to entirely do away with the music launch.”

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