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Indian actress Asin says she will not apologize for her visit to Sri Lanka merely because some actors in Tamil Nadu have demanded she do so.

The actress has been threatened with a boycott in Southern India for praising President Mahinda Rajapaksa who is credited with wiping out the separatist LTTE in a long drawn battle that ended with the death of LTTE leader Velupillai Prabhakaran.

"All Tamilians in Sri Lanka are happy with the government as it treats everyone equal and I am honoured to be his (President Mahinda Rajapaksa's) guest," Asin is reported to have said.

Apart from visiting several places with the Rajapaksa family, Asin had dined and danced with Shiranthi, Rajapaksa's wife when she hosted a party in Colombo.

Asin was in Sri Lanka, earlier this month, for the shooting of the Hindi film Ready that stars Salman Khan opposite her. Prominent Tamil actors like Radha Ravi and Sathya Raj were particularly vocal against Asin at a meeting of South Indian Film Artistes Association on Sunday.

The South Indian Film Chambers of Commerce, on the other hand, plans to consider demands to boycott Asin when it meets later this week.

"Though our association issued a diktat to its members not to visit Sri Lanka just before the IIFA awards function, Asin chose to go there for a shooting. She may be from Kerala but she acts in Tamil films and must respect Tamil sentiments," said Radha Ravi, general secretary, SIFAA.

While Ravi wants other actors to act only if she apologizes, SIFAA president Sharat Kumar said it was too early to take a strong stand.

"Asin is an actor. She is from our own fraternity. Our steps must be measured in this issue. We will examine the circumstances in which Asin made these remarks before we take the final decision."

Asin's fans associations in the US and Canada have boycotted her films, while Naam Tamilar, a pro Tamil organization, is planning to launch a mass protest in Chennai against Asin.

Asin told Mid Day that she was not going to heed to demands of individual actors like Radha Ravi and Satya Raj.

"I only visited a Tamil camp were some war injured are being treated. The president's wife Shiranthi wanted to join me and I could not say no to her," Asin said.
 
"I will abide by the decision taken by the chamber and will not apologize just because an actor has asked for it." (Mid Day)
 
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  • Jon Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:14 AM

    At least someone has brains in that joke of a state.

    thusi Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:17 AM

    Well Done Asin for speaking the truth.....Other Indian Film stars should take example from her, and come to Sri Lanka to see for themselves....

    sonu Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:18 AM

    get out from this country

    babanis Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:20 AM

    we dont want india be as sri Lanka...so get lost and get out

    Indika Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:31 AM

    Are you mad ?? What problems she is making for us of being here ? I think you are trying to create problems here.

    Sam Kolla Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:33 AM

    Very true Mohammed! You are another patriotic Sri Lankan!

    tikiri banda Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:34 AM

    I Love you...please dont go...my heart will explode if u go...just stay in SL.

    Kandy Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:41 AM

    Who said she is stupid ??

    Practical Wednesday, 28 July 2010 11:01 AM

    The one you do not want to know about!

    Saro Wednesday, 28 July 2010 09:19 PM

    What she does is up to her, but before making a statement on behalf of all Tamils in Sri Lanka she should have, at least, consulted their elected representatives.

    Practical Wednesday, 28 July 2010 11:03 AM

    This is an excellent suggestion, bro!

    Practical Wednesday, 28 July 2010 11:06 AM

    ... and are you the Commissioner of Immigration and Emigration to make such an order?? Anyone can visit our country provided they respect us.

    jeena Wednesday, 28 July 2010 11:20 AM

    spoken like a true Sri Lankan

    Sinniah Wednesday, 28 July 2010 11:27 AM

    Let them stand by murderes of tamils,without tamil`s MONEY.

    Practical Thursday, 29 July 2010 08:09 AM

    ... errr ... isn't that what she is doing? Its all the other idiots who are after her blood since she is ACTING in a picture being filmed in Sri Lanka!

    Channa Thursday, 29 July 2010 02:59 PM

    So your saying Vaiko and his jokers are consulting all the Indians before issuing statements??? Dont be stupid...

    Shovini Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:17 PM

    Asin should stick to her acting career and not get involved in suibjects that she is not familiar with.

    RajasH Wednesday, 28 July 2010 01:44 PM

    Exactly. The one that exists only in the dreams of few like you.

    Chaminda Wednesday, 28 July 2010 02:12 PM

    Asin you are trying to make a bridge and we do respect you..keep it up girl..

    Dhanusha Wednesday, 28 July 2010 09:10 AM

    Way to go girl.... cheers

    RajasH Wednesday, 28 July 2010 09:24 AM

    I quote "All Tamilians in Sri Lanka are happy with the government as it treats everyone equal"
    - really!!! which Sri Lanka did she visit.

    Mohammed Wednesday, 28 July 2010 09:30 AM

    What Asin can do is to apologies and carry on acting. We thank her for standing by Sri Lanka. As far as her career is concern she has to think and act. What we can say to those clowns in Kollywood is that "Ignorence is bliss". First come and see the present status of Sri Lankan tamils and then make such comments and decisions. We thank bold asin, vivek oberoi, Salman Khan and others who support Sri Lanka.

    hadeef Wednesday, 28 July 2010 09:46 AM

    Asin...pls go back to your country without creating conflict in this country... "country peace is not like films"

    sltk2004 Wednesday, 28 July 2010 04:58 PM

    @hadeef
    Read the news article carefully before commenting. Do you see anything that implies Asin is creating conflict in this country ?

    sltk2004 Wednesday, 28 July 2010 05:02 PM

    Even respect for us is not necessary. All that is required is valid visa.

    Musthafa Wednesday, 28 July 2010 09:57 AM

    She is an educated actress, Asin we are with you as Sri Lankans.

    MAHA RAJA Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:01 AM

    IT IS NONSENCE TO CRITICISE HER FOR ATTENDENCE WITH HER FRIENDS IN LANKA,SHE IS A ACTRESS AND SHOULD TREAT HER AS A ARTIST.NOT TO MIX POLITICS WITH HER PERSONEL LIFE.

    Abdul Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:04 AM

    Way to go...majority of the tamil cinema people know the real truth, they are scared to come out against people like Vaiko, Ramdoss and Seeman etc.

    Smart Aleck Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:05 AM

    Why are we screening Tamil Nadu films in Sri Lanka? Aren't there Directors and Actors in Sri Lanka capable of producing and acting in Tamil films ? Let us develop a Tamil Film Industry in Sri Lanka.

    Alipola Wednesday, 28 July 2010 10:13 AM

    marry me!


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