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No Raavan or Ra.One at IIFA

One day before the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards begun, Vivek Oberoi did it again. On being asked to comment upon the absence of IIFA’s ambassador, Amitabh Bachchan, he said, “No one is bigger than the awards.”

india Updated: Jun 04, 2010 12:36 IST
Serena Menon

Amitabh BachchanOne day before the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards begun, Vivek Oberoi did it again. On being asked to comment upon the absence of IIFA’s ambassador, Amitabh Bachchan, he said, "No one is bigger than the awards."

He spoke about Project Hope and how IIFA helped him seed money for the initiative. The actor plans to launch a special school that he will take up North later. Salman Khan arrived in the wee hours but didn’t make an appearance until much later, when his bodyguards shoved guests off at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel’s lobby, as they escorted him to the other end.

The proceeds of the cricket match between Bollywood and the Sri Lankan cricketers will be diverted to UNICEF and Habitat For Humanity. Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakara said, “Now we have a Sri Lankan actress, Jacqueline Fernandez, in common who will hopefully bridge that gap further.”

Films like Raajneeti, Aisha and Raavan, which were on the agenda, will no longer be screened, as also the first look from Ra.One. Knock Out, Help and Lamhaa will however be showcased.

The absence of the Bachchans has disappointed many.