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Visa issues delay Deols’ schedule

This might be ironical for the Deols, who call UK their second home and are frequent visitors to the country, but the release of Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 has been delayed because of visa issues.

bollywood Updated: Apr 27, 2013 13:57 IST
Dibyojyoti Baksi
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This might be ironical for the Deols, who call UK their second home and are frequent visitors to the country, but the release of Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 has been delayed because of visa issues. Apparently, the UK embassy took a really long time to issue work permits for the cast and crew.

In fact, Neha Sharma, who plays one of the female leads in the film, was one of the people whose visa was delayed and this, in turn, impacted the entire schedule of the film. When called, Neha says, “I am not sure what the problem was as I have travelled to the UK many times and never faced any problem. But yes, there was a delay in getting my visa. Finally, I got the visa and could reach there and shoot.”

This, however, pushed the schedule to mid-winter and the makers had to cancel the shoot because of unfavourable weather conditions. Thus, the whole film got delayed. The second instalment of the 2011 hit has been directed by Sangeeth Sivan, and not Samir Karnik, who helmed the original. Sivan too had problems in reaching the UK to start the shoot. “Not just Neha, we all faced problems. I too got my visa just a day prior to when I was supposed to leave for the UK. However, Neha’s visa took a bit longer and we had to reschedule the whole shoot,” says Sivan.

Yamla Pagla Deewana 2 brings Dharmendra and his sons, Sunny and Bobby Deol, together after Apne (2007).