Unfazed by threats of legal action from the family of Ayesha Siddiqui who claimed to have married him, Shoaib Malik on Saturday made a surprise visit to Sania Mirza's house in Hyderabad amid reports that their marriage may be shifted to Dubai.
Clad in trousers and T-shirt, Malik who is slated to marry Sania on April 15, appeared on the balcony of the tennis star's house and was seen talking on his mobile phone while Sania and her mother spoke with each other.
His visit to Hyderabad assumes significance in the context of a late night threat by Ayesha's parents that they would file an FIR against him if he went ahead with the marriage without divorcing their daughter.
There was no indication about the sudden visit of Shoaib but it comes amid reports in the Pakistani media that the venue of the marriage could be shifted to Dubai to avoid any problems from Ayesha's family. However, reports say that Sania's family has ruled out any change in the wedding venue and said that marriage would take place in Hyderabad itself as planned.
'Geo TV' had quoted sources in Shoaib's family that the marriage has been shifted to Dubai because his family is not keen on going to India.
The channel reported Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's threat has scared them and the Ayesha issue is also a factor.
Thackeray had lambasted Sania for choosing a Pakistani as her life partner, saying she would not remain an Indian post her marriage.
Adding to the couple's woes is Ayesha's legal notice to Shoaib for marrying her over phone and dumping her without taking a formal divorce.
Shoaib by landing in Hyderabad much ahead of schedule has added to the whole drama surrounding the much-anticipated wedding. The exact reasons for his visit to Sania's residence are not known.
Sania has backed her prospective groom saying that she and her family have known the truth all along.
Although she did not mention Shoaib directly, Sania's latest twitter feed clearly supported her husband-to-be, who has been accused of cheating Ayesha.
"Me and my family know what the truth is, we've known it all along and we have confidence in god's justice," Sania said.
(With input from agencies)