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Stars ‘boycott’ Bollywood awards

[BBC, Thursday, 3 June 2010 08:34 One Comment]

A number of stars are reportedly staying away from the ceremony Members of the Tamil film industry in India have boycotted a leading Indian film awards ceremony due to begin in the Sri Lankan capital, Colombo.

An industry spokesman said the boycott was in protest against the "killings" of Tamils in the Sri Lankan war.

Event organisers say the protesters are "politicising" the the International Indian Film Academy awards.

The awards began in 2000 when the first ceremony was held in London at the Millennium Dome.

The thriving Tamil film industry is based in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which has cultural and religious ties with the minority ethnic Tamils of Sri Lanka.

A representative of the industry, L Suresh told a TV channel: "The Sri Lankan government will use this to project [the notion] that peace is back. India itself is hosting a programme in Sri Lanka, while thousands have been killed."

The 20-year long war in Sri Lanka ended in May last year with the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels.

The chief organiser of the award ceremony, Sabbas Joseph, dismissed the boycott as "politics".

"They [the protesters] are doing it for the media channels not for the real benefit of who they represent," Mr Joseph told AFP news agency.

Reports say even Bollywood stars stars like Shah Rukh Khan and Amitabh Bachchan have not confirmed their participation.

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  • M.Akramsaim12812 said:

    it is not fair