Bollywood celebrities Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azami decided not to cast their votes and chose to attend IIFA awards function in US. For a couple who always talk about working for social and political causes, how could they skip the biggest celebration of Indian democracy?
Akhtar is in fact a sitting Rajya Sabha MP while actress Shabana Azmi is an ex-member of the Upper House yet they didn't choose to be a part of our democracy. While their son Farhan, who is co-hosting the entire award function with Shahid Kapoor stayed back to cast his vote before leaving for Tampa Bay.
Several Bollywood stars like Anil Kapoor, Hrithik Roshan, Shahid Kapoor, Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor also skipped voting to attend IIFA 2014. IIFA is a four-day-long award ceremony, so it feels sad to know that the celebrities could not miss one day of the event for their country.
The ones who proudly cast their votes were Amitabh Bachchan and family, Shah Rukh Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Aamir Khan, Ajay Devgan, Vidya Balan and Preity Zinta. Preity in fact flew down from Abu Dhabi to exercise her voting right. Kangana Ranaut and Subhash Ghai took a break from promoting their films to cast their votes. Sonam Kapoor flaunted her inked finger on twitter but her father Anil Kapoor is busy attending IIFA.
There was a big clash of IIFA 2014 with Mumbai's voting day. It would have been great if the organizers had enough sense to schedule their event later and give more priority to our country.