May 30, 2010 04:40 pm
Ace Sri Lankan cricketers Kumar Sangakkara and Sanath Jayasuriya believe
that IIFA Awards 2010, to be held in
“It’s a big opportunity to promote
“Sri Lankans are looking forward to this big event. It’s nice for our country and good for the relations between the two ountries,” he added.
Kumar Sangakkara, captain of both the Sri Lankan cricket team and actress
Preity Zinta’s Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kings XI Punjab, agrees that
Bollywood has a huge presence in
“Bollywood is a great hit in
He will reprise his role of a captain in charity cricket matches in
“It will be lot of fun and lot of entertainment. It is also a very touching humanitarian cause as a village for 100 families will be built. Entertainment tied with IIFA humanity project and also Cricket for Children where child soldiers will be re-educated, rehabilitated and given a better way of life, is a great initiative,” Sangakkara said.
The wicket keeper and left-handed batsman said he was a big Bollywood movie buff.
“The first Hindi movie I watched was ‘
While all-rounder cricketer Jayasuriya likes Shah Rukh Khan movies, Sangakkara likes all the Khans, appreciates Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah’s work and was all praise for Bollywood actresses.
“I have seen few Shah Rukh Khan films. On the local channels, Hindi movies are shown always. Sometimes we watch them even when we don’t know the movie name. I like Shah Rukh Khan movies and never miss them,” Jayasuriya said.
Sangakkara said: “I like Shah Rukh, Aamir and Salman. I have seen Om Puri and Naseeruddin Shah in various roles. And there are some most talented and beautiful ladies of the world in Bollywood.”
Asked whom they would like to see performing at the IIFA Awards, Jayasuriya quipped: “I would always like to see Aishwarya Rai performing on stage.”
Sangakkara had “no particular favourite”.
“I would like to see all the actresses who would come to
The South Indian film associations have decided to boycott any actor who
participates in the awards ceremony in
Asked about their take on it, Jayasuriya said: “I want the entire Bollywood
to come to
Sangakkara said: “I think the whole spirit of IIFA is to transcend all
barriers - social and political. I think IIFA would break down barriers and
build the relationship. It’s a great opportunity for