Mumbai: The news of Amitabh Bachchan and IIFA parting ways that shocked us all just got saucier. Believe it or not but the split is more bitter than it appears. As per sources, Bachchan’s recent exclusion from IIFA is not because they snubbed him, but because the actor felt let down when IIFA decided to hold the awards in Sri Lanka last year. Moreover, the award ceremony was hosted by Salman Khan.
Confirming the news a source said, "He did not want to be associated with them anymore. Without taking Bachchan`s opinion, they not only held the event in Sri Lanka but also signed up Salman Khan to host it. These awards were Bachchan`s baby, and hence he was terribly hurt."
Going in flashback, one recalls that when Wizcraft declared Sri Lanka as the venue for IIFA 2010, Tamil groups started a protest and asked everyone to either boycott the awards or change the venue. According to them, Sri Lanka needed to be shunned as their military officials had killed Tamils in large numbers last year in the war that led to the decimation of the Tamil Tigers.
IIFA brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, his son Abhishek and daughter-in-law Aishwarya, along with Shah Rukh Khan and many others stayed away from the event.
The source further adds there were no financial issues between Bachchan and IIFA. "Bachchan is too classy to crib about financial issues. He is a man of words. Loyalty comes to him ahead of anything else."
Meanwhile, IIFA director Saba Joseph has said, "I think Mr. Bachchan`s Twitter message and our press note are very clear. Leave it at that. We have no further comments."