Pak singers denied visa, ‘Cocktail’ music launch cancelled


A group of Pakistani singers who have lent their voices for upcoming film ‘Cocktail’, were denied visa in India. The movie stars Saif Ali Khan, Deepika Padukone and Diana Penty. If all had gone well, the singers would have been part of an event in Mumbai to officially launch the music of the film. Terming it unfair, producers Saif Ali Khana and Dinesh Vijan have decided to do away with the music launch. The event was scheduled for this month. “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,” reports a tabloid. Sources close to producer Dinesh Vijan told the tabloid, “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.” ‘Cocktail’, which releases on July 13, is produced by Saif’s production house, Illuminati Films. The music of ‘Cocktail’, composed by Pritam, is making waves all over India. Songs like ‘Tumhi Ho Bandhu’, ‘Daaru Desi’, ‘Yaariyan’, and ‘Second Hand Jawaani’ is indeed an interesting cocktail of melody, lyrics and romance.