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Salman Khan does it again!

The actor doesn't seem to have enough of Sri Lanka at IIFA. That's probably why he has convinced the makers of his Ready opposite Asin, to change the shoot location from the Mauritius to Sri Lanka.

india Updated: Jun 19, 2010 18:48 IST
Roshmila Bhattacharya

Salman KhanSalman Khan, who was in Colombo for the IIFA gala earlier this month, was reportedly bowled over by the picture postcard beauty of Sri Lanka. He convinced the producer and director of his forthcoming film, Ready, with Asin, to change the shoot location from the much-exploited Mauritius to the not-often-visited Sri Lanka.

The news reported by a Chennai daily has upset the South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce (SIFCC). “We will directly approach the people concerned rather than rely on information from our friends in the media. If they confirm the news, we will announce a non-cooperation motion against the film,” says L Suresh, general secretary of SIFCC.

In May, L Suresh, along with C Kalyan, president of SIFCC, and G Siva, general secretary of the Film Employees Federation of South India, had air-dashed to Mumbai to persuade Manmohan Shetty, president of the Film and Television Producers Guild, members of IFFA’s advisory board, including Ramesh Sippy and Yash Chopra, and organisers Wizcraft to host the event in a country more sympathetic to the Tamilian cause.

Told that it was too late to shift the venue, L Suresh had announced SIFCC’s decision “that films featuring personalities who participated in the IIFA will not be screened in South India.”

That would include forthcoming films like Raavan, Lamhaa, Milenge Milenge, Knock Out and Rakta Charitra. L Suresh however denies an “unofficial ban” against any of these films. “We’ll only take action against someone who wants to shoot his film in Sri Lanka,” says L Suresh. “We don’t want to inconvenience producers, distributors and exhibitors.

NO CAUSE FOR CONCERN
Kareena Kapoor, who plays the lead opposite Shahid Kapoor in Milenge Milenge, insists she went on a “peace” mission to Lanka with beau Saif Ali Khan. SIFCC is holding its peace.

Vivek Oberoi attended a wedding of LTTE combatants, plans to build a school, and took on the SIFCC. Now his Rakta Charitra will not play in the South. “That’s a cock and bull story,” says L Suresh.

Mani Ratnam, Vikram, AR Rahman, Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan stayed away. But actors Govinda and Nikhil Dwivedi were there. And that could now affect Raavan screenings. “Advance booking opened in Chennai last Wednesday,” says Suresh.