Silambarasan's wish to rope in Salman Khan as the chief guest of the audio launch function of Osthi, a remake of Bollywood movie Dabangg, has received a blow. The Hindu Makkal Katchi (HMK), a political outfit in Tamil Nadu, has urged the makers of the forthcoming film to drop his name from the guest list.
Reports say that the HMK has warned the makers of Osthi that they should not invite Salman Khan. Earlier, the political organisation and several other Tamil groups had requested South actors and Bollywood stars not to visit Sri Lanka following brutal killings of innocent Tamilians by the Mahinda Rajapaksa led government. However, Salman along with Asin Thottumkal visited the island nation for the shooting of their film Ready.
HMK secretary Kannan says that Bollywood icons like Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and others boycotted an awards function after Tamil groups urged them to cancel their trip on the humanitarian grounds. But Salman Khan and several others did not understand the reason behind their appeal. In fact, the Dabangg star visited twice.
He further adds that he is surprised to see Silambarasan inviting Salman Khan for the function, when Simbu's father himself has been condemning Sri Lankan genocide. However, the HMK claims that they were not aware of his earlier visit, when the Bollywood actor graced the music release function of Markandeya in Chennai.