Saturday, May 29, 2010

IIFA 2010 organizers would not bend to political pressure

The IIFA 2010 is in political trouble. The South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce Association told the IIFA 2010 organizers to shift the venue from Colombo to some where else.

The SIFCC is saying that during the war against LTTE, Sri Lankan soldiers committed atrocities against the Tamils and they are still not treated fairly.

However, Sabas Joseph, one of the directors of Wizcraft, the company which is organizing the gala of IIFA, said, “We are not under any pressure. There is no change in the venue and we are going ahead with the schedule,…If Indian cricketers can play in Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan players can come to India to play T20 matches, why can't we go there? It is just another way of bridging the gap,”

The SIFCC warned that they would boycott movies of Bollywood stars who would attend IIFA.

Earlier, news reports came out that Amitabh Bachchan, the famous Bollywood actor, who had been the brand ambassador of IIFA for the last ten years, is not going to attend IIFA for he received threats from a Tamil group who even staged protest in front of his house. However, Mr. Bachchan did not disclose anything about the matter to the media.

Amitabh Bachchan’s son, Abhishek Bachchan and daughter-in-law, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, are not going to attend IIFA 2010 but it has nothing to do with the protest. Abhishek Bachchan would be busy shooting his upcoming movie, Game, in Instanbul while Aishwarya will be busy doing an assignment in Paris for International watch brand, Longines. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is the brand ambassador of Longines.

Two other big stars who are not going to attend IIFA 2010 are – Mani Ratnam and Arjun Rampal. Both of them said that they are not going to attend the show as it clashed with their assignments.

Mani Ratnam’s upcoming movie Raavan will be released in theatres in June. The movie will be released in both Tamil and Hindi version. Arjun Rampal also starred in Raajneeti which is scheduled to release in the first week of June.

This year, the gala of IIFA 2010 Awards show would take place at the Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium in Colombo.

1 comment:

  1. Actors like Saif ali Khan, Ritesh Deshmukh, Hrithik Roshan, Bipasaha Basu, Vivek Oberoi, Lara Dutta, Boman Irani have already come to Sri Lanka Columbo.