Deepika, Sonakshi, Kareena, Hrithik skip voting for IIFA

Bollywood celebrities like Anil Kapoor and Shabana Azmi could not cast their votes since they were in the US to attend the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards function. The stars said it was ‘unfortunate’ not to be able to vote but their commitment to the awards ceremony was made much in advance.

Back home in Mumbai, it was an important day since it was election-day in the city, but a host of Bollywood celebrities chose to attend the IIFA Awards than casting their ballot.

The IIFA Awards 2014 are being held in Tampa Bay, Florida, in the US which is a four-day event being held between April 23 and April 26.

Those who chose to fulfill their commitment at IIFA than cast their vote, included Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhar, Anil Kapoor, Rajkumar Hirani, Nawazuddin Siddqui, Sonakshi Sinha and Nikhil Dwivedi among others.

Reportedly Shabana Azmi said, “I have always endorsed voting and standing up for rights. But I had committed to attending IIFA months in advance when the election dates weren’t even announced.”

“I support an NGO Mijwan that works for the welfare of girl child. Manish Malhotra and Mijwan have worked hard to put up the show. I couldn’t have let them down,” she said.

Javed Akhtar, too, did not vote since he accompanied Shabana.

“It is terrible. But we had made this commitment for Mijwan much before in advance. Mijwan is not a personal commitment it is about so many women, girls in village, they will get benefited and get a new market,” Javed said.

“We had a choice that ether we vote and stay back which is precious right. We had made this commitment to be here six months back,” the noted lyricist and writer said.

“If given a chance we would have also voted and come,” Jawed added.

According to reports, renowned actor Anupam Kher’s short film ‘I Went Shopping for Robert De Niro’ was premiered on Thursday, the second day of IIFA.

“I think the present government failed on most of the things, corruption happened directly or indirectly. I would definitely need a change in the political system. We badly need a change now. We need a stable and strong government. I would urge everyone to vote,” Kher told PTI.

Actor Anil Kapoor who is in the US since April 22, is disappointed that he was not able to vote.

While talking to the media he said, “It is very unfortunate. But this commitment was made much much earlier. All over the world people have their commitments which are made year in advance.”