Asin visits war-torn Eastern Sri Lanka

Even though it might cost her a Tamil film, Asin organised a three-day eye-care camp in the war-torn Eastern Sri Lanka with the help of her Ready co-star Salman Khan’s Being Human Foundation.

entertainment Updated: Jul 16, 2010 16:19 IST
Rachana Dubey
Rachana Dubey
Hindustan Times

Even though it might cost her a Tamil film with South star Vijay, Asin organised three-day eye-care camps in Jaffna and Vuvuniya in the war-torn Eastern Sri Lanka with the help of her Ready co-actor Salman Khan’s Being Human Foundation.

She met Namal Rajapaksa, MP and the eldest son of the Lankan President, and expressed her desire to visit the war-stricken areas, when she landed in Colombo a month ago.

‘Money is no concern’
Asin, in association with Khan’s Being Human Foundation, flew down five eye surgeons with 1,000 pairs of lenses, after-care medication and equipment required for surgery from India. The camp kicked off on July 8 and ended on July 11.

AsinIn that time, 300 cataract operations were performed. The First Lady of Sri Lanka, Madam Shiranthi Wickramasinghe Rajapaksa joined Asin on her camp visits.

“Money is not the concern. The first eye-care camp is a success. Being Human and I will now periodically conduct these camps across the Northern and Eastern regions of Sri Lanka,” says Asin, informing that 10,000 cataract patients have registered in the region for surgery in the next camp that commences in November.

She mentions Dr Sandeep Chopra from Being Human Foundation and MP Dr Sudarshani Fernandopulle from Sri Lanka for their contribution towards setting up the camp.

Asin, who is currently shooting in Colombo for Anees Bazmee’s Ready, also visited Siriliya Sevana Girls Home and spent an afternoon with 150 Tamil war orphans. They apparently requested her to bring Tamil superstars Vijay and Surya on her next visit.

The actress too wants to fulfill their wish. “There’s great demand for cinema in Lanka; and Bollywood and Tollywood stars make people here happy. Before shooting for Ready, I visited the country in 2004 to shoot a song sequence and a few scenes for one of my films. The situation is better now because back then, the place was under the shadow of guns and bullets,” she says.

Ask her if her Tamil film with Vijay will be affected by her gesture and Asin denies the possibility. “I might face some difficulties but I think the South film industry will be considerate. They will appreciate an artiste’s peace initiative. I will start shooting for that film after Ready’s schedule is over,” she adds.

First Published: Jul 15, 2010 11:21 IST