From films to merchandise, everyone wants a piece of the Shoaib-Sania pie.hollywood Updated: Apr 12, 2010 01:21 IST
In Housefull, Akshay Kumar’s wedding with Deepika Padukone is rudely interrupted by Jiah Khan, claiming to be his wife. “It is a case of life imitating art. But you can’t say that I copied a real life incident. This (Shoaib-Sania-Ayesha fiasco) started making news two weeks ago, while I wrote my script two years ago,” says Sajid Khan. Akshay Kumar says, “Actually I’ve three women claiming to be my wife in the film.”
It’s touted as Ayesha Siddiqui’s story, has a mother going to extreme lengths to get her overweight daughter married. “But my film was shot a year ago,” says Chadha. “It’s pure entertainment and it should be seen like that.”
Trade analyst Komal Nahata downplays the phenomenon by saying, “These films must have kept the love triangle as a selling point for the film, but now they’re milking over the hype.”
Not just films, days after Pakistani daily The News coined the name ‘Shoania’ for the couple, Pakistani dealers are ordering Shoania t-shirts from China and Thailand in bulk. In Shoaib’s hometown Sialkot, Shoania cricket bats are a hit.