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Rajapaksa invites Bollywood to Lanka

[Express Buzz, Thursday, 3 June 2010 08:32 No Comment]

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has invited movie moghuls of India to shoot their films in the island nation.

In a message to the IIFA awards extravaganza, which begins here on Thursday, Rajapaksa said Sri Lanka, with its "varied and attractive locations and friendly and talented people", was ideal for film-making.

The President said he was keen that the Indian and Sri Lankan film industries should collaborate, and hoped that the awards function and the various events around it would foster closer relations between the film industries of the two countries.

Sri Lankans’ love for Hindi films and songs is no secret, but their country is still an unknown land for Bollywood. No Hindi film has been shot yet here. Thus, for the 2,000odd Indian film and trade personalities, who will be here for the next three days, the IIFA awards function will be an opportunity to get acquainted with their Lankan counterparts.

People have given a cold shoulder to the event. The main reason for the lack of public enthusiasm is the absence of Amithabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai – heartthrobs of Sinhalese masses. The present lineup, led by Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan, is not a big draw here.

Tamils are cold because of the absence of Tamil stars. The Tamil Nadu film industry had called for a boycott of the function in view of the killing of thousands of Tamil civilians in the war a year ago. Salman Khan and Vivek Oberoi have announced projects for Tamil war refugees, but to no avail.

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