By: Settu Shankar
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
It"s North Cinema vs. South Cinema for the IFFI Chief guests selection. The film fraternity from the South is supporting the honour to be bestowed on Rajinikanth while the film fraternity from the North is supporting Dharmendra. There seems to be a war brewing between the two factions over who should be the Chief Guest of the IFFI.
The IFFI is scheduled to be held in Goa during the second week of December. The IFFI governing body decided that they should call a film star from the south to preside over the event but that proposal was met with the disagreement that it should be someone from the North. Some suggested Rajini"s name while the others suggested Dharmendra.
Back at home Rajini has been under pressure to step up to play Chief Guest, an offer that he seems to be reluctant to take up. He has kept mum on the issue so far. He hasn"t shown keenness to play the role and has also told his close friends to not speak about the issue. Chiranjeevi, Mohanlal, Mammotty and Mohan Babu have written in to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in support of the star.
If Rajini agrees to preside over the function then the one giving a bouquet will be a Bolywood actress. Lets see how it goes.