We all know that the 18th edition of IIFA Awards did not see some of the A-list stars walking the green carpet. Many of the B-town stars were in New York but did not attend the grand event. This not only bothered us, but the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) chairperson Pahlaj Nihalani also seems to be affected by it. He also lashed out on the Bollywood event for not nominating Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar for the awards.
Nihalani is not a fan of the IIFA Awards and has boycotted it. Considering it an “international farce”, he also said that the event had lost its relevance when actor Amitabh Bachchan opted out of it in 2011. “I think the day Mr Bachchan opted out, IIFA lost its dignity and relevance. In 18 years, how much global impact has Indian cinema made and what hand did IIFA have in this?”
He also lashed out at the actors’ nominations of IIFA 2017. Dissing this year’s nominations, he said, “Look at the hypocrisy. They haven’t even nominated Aamir Khan for Dangal and Akshay Kumar for Airlift and Rustom just because they wouldn’t attend their weekend holiday plans masquerading as an awards function.”
Questioning the stars about not attending the IIFA 2017, in spite of being in NY, Nihalani said, “They were too tired after partying all night. What I want to know is, who is paying for this extravagance?”
“It is our foreign exchange being squandered as every top star is given tickets for his spouse, children, parents, ayahs, bodyguards, friends, friends of friends .…. I’ve heard stars are even given money to shop.Who is paying for all this? IIFA is selling Indian cinema to various countries and probably getting many financial benefits. But is the Indian government benefiting from this global event?”, the CBFC chief added.
Challenging IIFA’s claim of taking Indian cinema abroad, said, “Initially we had cinema from various states getting token representation at the awards. Now we only have Bollywood. So why do they call themselves the International Indian films awards? It’s such a shame! Bollywood is not Indian cinema.”
Source- Hindustan Times
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