All the leading actors in the Tamil film industry were against the India International Films Awards (IIFA) event to be held in Sri Lanka. When news flowed in that Amitabh Bachchan is due to host the India International Films Awards (IIFA) event, the Tamilians were the first ones to protest. A group of Tamils in Mumbai picketed in front of the star’s house in Mumbai shouting slogans against the actor for hosting the event in Sri Lanka when scores of Tamils were killed by the Sri Lankan army. Actor Seema also played a major role in demonstrating against Amitabh Bachchan.
Reacting to this, Bachchan had posted in his blog, “A Tamil group picketed in front of my house, asking me to not conduct IIFA in Sri Lanka. I beckoned personnel from Wiz (Wizcraft) who own and conduct IIFA, to come and meet me to discuss this matter and give it due importance… The sentiments of all must be respected and I hope that we can plan and execute that with understanding, peace and grace.”
Filmmaker and president of Naam Thamizhar organisation Seeman today thanked Amitabh Bachchan for saying he never wanted to hurt the sentiments of Tamils. “I thank Amitabh for coming forward to share our sentiments. Other actors too should follow the suit. I request the actor to fight with us for the cause of Tamils.”