Actress Pooja Bhatt says she endured a "big risk" by holding the premiere of her directorial debut Paap at Karachi Film Festival in 2003 in Pakistan.
"When I took my film to Pakistan even before it was commercially released, everyone was shocked," Bhatt said on the sidelines of the South Asian Film Festival (SAFF) which is beginning from today.
Paap, starring Udita Goswami and John Abraham, was the first Bollywood film to be premiered at Karachi International Film Festival.
"People in the industry were questioning my act of taking the film to the place which is hotbed of piracy that too before the film was released," the Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi actress said.
Recalling how apprehensive she was while screening Paap to a select and decent audience in Pakistan, the actress-turned-director said, "there was constant fear that someone might come with the video camera, shoot the film and make CD of it. I decided to take it as a personal responsibility and stick my neck out," she added.
The actress, who has directed flicks like Holiday (2006) and Dhokha (2007) among others, however, said piracy is a reality in the world of cinema today as a large number of audience can not afford to visit multiplexes to enjoy a movie of their choice.