The South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce (SIFCC) has decided to boycott Bollywood films in the south,Opposing the venue chosen for hosting the International Indian Film Awards
Pro-Tamil groups in Tamil Nadu have already asked actors from Bollywood to boycott the June 3-5 event.
C.Kalyan, president of SIFCC informed clearly that if any star or technician from Bollywood attends the IIFA in Colombo, their films will be boycotted by theatres in Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Kerala and Karnataka. It is a unanimous decision taken by the members of the chamber as all these years they were highlighting the human rights violations in Sri Lanka.
In a joint statement here, various industry bodies including South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce said that they were not opposing the awards ceremony but were against the event being organised in Sri Lanka, in an apparent reference to the alleged killing of civilian Tamils at the height of the conflict between Sri Lankan army and LTTE last year.
Opposition has been brewing in Tamil Nadu and Tamil filmdom over the choice of this year’s venue for the IIFA, Colombo, with most artistes including icons Kamal Haasan and ace director Mani Ratnam opting out, citing the choice of the venue.
This year’s IIFA will also miss most of the glam quotient including regulars Abhishek and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The couple is busy promoting Ratnam’s flick Raavan.
Even the event’s brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan’s presence is not confirmed. Superstar Rajnikanth has already declined the invitation to attend the event.