The South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, Producers Council, Nadigar Sangam and FEFSI have demanded that the actors and actresses should not attend the Indian film festival being held at Sri Lanka where thousands of innocent Tamil people were brutally murdered. Stars like Rajni, Kamal, Amitabh Bachchan, Sharukh Khan, Abhishek Sheik and Aishwarya Rai have boycotted this function as well.
All the actors and actresses of the Tamil industry have boycotted this function totally. Because of this, the function turned out to be an utter flop. But Salman Khan, Hrithik Roshan, Vivek Oberoi, Sanjay Dutt, Ritesh Deshmukh and Neil Nithin Mukesh attended this function in spite of the ban imposed. Actress Genelia also accompanied her lover Ritesh to this function. South Indian film industry has decided not to cooperate with these actors in future. Theatre owners have also decided not to screen their films at all.
Genelia who had acted in some Tamil films, hails from Mumbai. She was introduced by the director Shankar in his film Boys. After this, she was paired with Vijay in Sachin, with Jayam Ravi in Santhosh Subramaniapuram and with Bharath in Chennai Kadhal. Now she is being paired with Dhanush in the film Utthamaputhiran. The film may face problems due to her participation in the Sri Lankan event. It has been decided that she will not be approached for any Tamil films henceforth.
The Actors Association is getting ready to take action against Genelia now. FEFSI president, V C Guganathan, while speaking about the actors who participated in the Sri Lankan Film Festival said,” All the South Indian film organizations had requested the actors not to participate in this function. Almost all the actors have accepted this decision. We are also thankful to the big stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Kamal and Rajni for respecting our sentiments. However, some actors attended this function at the grave yard in spite of the ban. We have decided not to cooperate with these actors”.
- Sampurn Wire