The first edition of Indian Film Festival and Awards of Australia (IFFAA), which was supposed to take place from 7-13 May, has been cancelled.
Several Pakistani celebrities including Humayun Saeed, Imran Abbas, Hareem Farooq, Ali Azmat and former Pakistani Censor Board chief Fakhr Alam were supposed to attend the Indian Film Festival and Awards of Australia (IFFAA) in Australia.
Turns out that visiting Bollywood celebrities were reluctant over sharing the stage with artistes from Pakistan and Indian community in Australia was also against the participation of Pakistani film stars at the event. All in all, the event has been cancelled due to terror threats received over the participation of Pakistani celebrities.
Festival director Vvikas Paul says, “I have received threats from vested interest groups and was worried about the security of my celebrity guests, myself, sponsors and my team. So, we have decided to defer it.”
“We will hold the festival when relations between the two countries improve,” he added.