Bollywood actress Sridevi will be in Karachi over the weekend to attend the special screening of Mughal-e-Azam, continuing the 'film diplomacy' between India and Pakistan that had taken a beating after the Feroz Khan fracas.
Daily Times newspaper said the announcement was made "only after acquiring the requisite permission from the city government to screen their epic".
The Indian classic Mughal-e-Azam had been released in Lahore along with Taj Mahal and Sohni Mahiwal. But the event was marred when veteran Bollywood actor-director Feroz Khan made disparaging remarks about Pakistani Muslims, leading to President Pervez Musharraf ordering a ban on his entry into the country.
Sridevi to promote Indo-Pak film diplomacy
The Karachi premiere of
will be at Nishat Cinema on June 25 Sunday, followed by a general release in cinemas across the city on Friday, June 30.
The 1960 classic, being shown in cinema theatres here for the first time after 44 years, did not do too well in Lahore, where the public response was lukewarm, according to media reports.
On Wednesday, the organisers issued a statement saying that Sridevi and her husband, film producer Boney Kapoor, would be in Karachi on Saturday.
Sridevi starred opposite Amitabh Bachchan in Khuda Gawah, a film that was extremely popular in Pakistan, with its cassettes and CDs sold in black, partly because the two portrayed Pathan lovers.
Sridevi is known for memorable roles in films such as Mr India, Chaalbaaz and Chandni. Boney Kapoor's last hit was No Entry, which starred Salman Khan, Fardeen Khan and Anil Kapoor.