Colombo/Mumbai: The Tamil-Sinhala politics has hit the annual IIFA weekend. Ironically though Tamil films and actors are very popular in Lanka, the entire Tamil film fraternity is giving the IIFA weekend a miss this year.
The pressure to boycott the event mounted as the South Indian Film Chamber formally took a decision to ban any actor who participated in IIFA this year.
Earlier Mani Ratnam's 'Raavan' was to be showcased at the event but without the presence of Mani Ratnam, A R Rahman and the Bachchans, the programme has now been cancelled.
'Raavan' will simultaneously release in Tamil as 'Raavanan' on June 18, and hurting Tamil sentiments would be detrimental to the film's commercial returns.
Tamil stars Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Ajit, Suriya and Vikram won't be attending the IIFA either, be it their support to the boycott or just the fear of losing out on fans back home.
Even as the South Indian Film Industry has taken a hostile stand, stars participating in the IIFA defend their decision on humanitarian grounds.
Hindi film actor Vivek Oberoi says: "A lot of corporates have come up to me and said they'd like to help the Tamil people here. So project hope has kicked off from this platform."
The organisers of the IIFA, which over the years has travelled across the globe from London to Macau, will definitely be hoping to have chosen another venue this year round.