Much against rumours that Amitabh Bachchan might skip the IIFA Awards at Sri Lanka this year following the resistance from people in Tamil Nadu, Big B has confirmed that he will very much attend the event even if its for one day. Top officials from the Sri Lanka Tourist Board (SLTB) have confirmed that Amitabh Bachchan, the official brand ambassador of IIFA will attend the event.
Also Amitabh Bachchan’s daughter-in-law will attend IIFA though her film Raavan costarring husband Abhishek Bachchan has backed out from IIFA at the last moment. Though Mani Ratnam maintains that the reason for backing out is because his film is not complete, buzz is that he wanted to avoid the resistance by the Tamil nationalist forces in Tamil Nadu who have opposed the participation of Bollywood celebrities in this event on the grounds that it would amount to legitimizing the Mahinda Rajapaksa government’s bid to absolve itself of waging a war against the Tamils in north Sri Lanka from 2007-2009.
Meanwhile even Shah Rukh Khan has confirmed his presence at IIFA. Some time back there were rumours that SRK is making up for Big B’s absence at the event. But now with Amitabh Bachchan’s confirmation, Shah Rukh Khan is an added bonus. As per the grapevine Shah Rukh Khan is planning to show rushes of his upcoming film Ra.One .