‘No Aamir Khan, No Ak­shay Ku­mar... It’s a sham!’

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Front Page - Sub­hash K Jha

It’s an ever-rag­ing de­bate that film award shows are rigged. Call­ing the just­con­cluded In­ter­na­tional In­dian Films Acad­emy (IIFA) awards an “in­ter­na­tional farce”, Cen­sor Board chair­per­son Pahlaj Ni­ha­lani has lashed out at this year’s nom­i­na­tions. “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,” says Ni­ha­lani, who boy­cotts the awards do. “The day Mr Bachchan (ac­tor Amitabh Bachchan) opted out [in 2011], IIFA lost its dig­nity and rel­e­vance.”

Ques­tion­ing the fund­ing for an ex­trav­a­gant event like such for which stars are flown to an in­ter­na­tional venue, he says that some ac­tors who were taken to New York [this year], did not even at­tend the ac­tual cer­e­mony. “They were too tired af­ter par­ty­ing all night. Who is pay­ing for this ex­trav­a­gance? It’s our for­eign ex­change be­ing squan­dered as ev­ery top star is given tick­ets for his spouse, kids, par­ents, ayahs (maids), body­guards, friends, and friends of friends. I’ve heard stars are even given money to shop... Is the In­dian gov­ern­ment ben­e­fit­ing from this global event?” he asks.

Ni­ha­lani also chal­lenges IIFA’s claim of rep­re­sent­ing In­dian cinema abroad. “Ini­tially, we had cinema from var­i­ous states get­ting to­ken rep­re­sen­ta­tion. Now, it’s only Bol­ly­wood. Then why call it In­ter­na­tional In­dian films awards? It’s such a sham! Bol­ly­wood is not In­dian cinema,” he rages.

Look at IIFA’s hypocrisy. They haven’t even nom­i­nated Aamir Khan for Dan­gal and Ak­shay Ku­mar for Air­lift and Rus­tom PAHLAJ NI­HA­LANI, CHAIR­PER­SON OF CEN­TRAL BOARD OF FILM CER­TI­FI­CA­TION (CBFC)

PHOTO: CHARLES SYKES/IN­VI­SION/AP

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