The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, this year, were held in Sri Lanka. All south Indian film associations decided to boycott it “in deference to Tamil sentiments”. That’s not all:

However, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan’s participation in IIFA has evoked strong protests from the Tamil film industry.

Many Bollywood A-listers including Arjun Rampal are also giving the event a miss. Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, who were a regular at IIFA, will not be attending the three-day event as they are busy in promoting ‘Raavan’.

Let’s leave aside the debate of whether Arjun Rampal and Abhishek Bachchan are A-listers. I welcome this move of south Indian film associations to refuse to step into a nation that conducted atrocities against its people. That’s called being principled.

Now if I could get a date when they’re moving out of India ..

Recently, writer Amitav Ghosh was honoured by an Israeli university. The British press called for him to refuse it. He then wrote a reply, which is a great read.


In the IIFA case, had it been a Sri Lankan government award, the argument would atleast be slightly more reasonable that it is now. Slightly.