Abhay DeolSingapore: Abhay Deol’s dream of promoting his film Shanghai on a grand scale in the back drop of 13th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards proved futile as Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Amitabh Bachchan and his family have reportedly given IIFA a miss this year. However Shanghai film makers are confident that other top stars will make up for the miss during a promotional press conference held for his upcoming movie Shanghai in Bangalore. The film Shanghai a political entertainer stars Emran Hashmi who skipped the function owing to ill health. Organised by Wizcraft International Entertainment, the three-day cine event started Thursday.

Abhay Deol interacting with the media said “It would have been good to have the Khans and the Bachchans, but I hope that not having them won’t make the award function look any less”, at the green carpet of the world premiere of his Shanghai. He added “I’d like to believe, just like we had the Khans and the Bachchans, we have all sorts of artists who are good enough to support an award function”.

Tejinder Pal Singh Bagga, president of Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena, filed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking an interim stay on the release of film Shanghai until its song Bharat Mata Ki Jai was deleted. The court, however, rejected the plea and cleared the film for screening. Abhay is enjoying the happy ending. “It has become a trend of doing something like that and it is quite sad. But the good thing is that they (complainants) exercise their rights to put in a PIL and the high court turned it down, holding up the democracy. It was a very positive outcome at the end of the day”, he said.

Directed by Dibaker Banerjee, the film had a star studded premiere here Friday with celebrities like Zoya Akhtar, Dia Mirza and her beau Sahil Sangha, Kalki Koechlin, Omi Vaidya, Vishal-Shekhar, Sameera Reddy, Ramesh Sippy-Kiran Juneja, Ayushmann Khurrana, Chitrangada Singh attending the screening.

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