Pahlaj Nihalani calls IIFA ‘a paid holiday’ for stars, slams them for ignoring Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar

Sreeju Sudhakaran
Looks like Pahlaj Nihalani has not taken lightly to Udta Punjab winning big at the awards, as well as some of the jokes made at the Censor Board's expense.

It looks we are not the only ones disappointed with the recently concluded IIFA 2017. The man who has issues with everything that’s…err… that’s… well, everything, recently slammed IIFA awards and called it a paid holiday for Bollywood stars. And I think we know why. Anyway, he has used the right examples of Aamir Khan’s Dangal and Akshay Kumar being ignored at the awards as the base

As per a report in Hindustan Time, Pahlaj Nihalani was quoted saying, “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. 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 sham! Bollywood is not Indian cinema.” The report also has him say that the show has lost its significance ever since Amitabh Bachchan dissociated himself with the function at around 2011, and called it an international farce.

He even claimed that there were some stars who went to New York but they were so tired partying that they didn’t the attend the award function, though we are not sure why he was keeping a tab on IIFA and the stars attending so much. He asked, “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?”

Ah, well… Looks like Pahlaj Nihalani has not taken lightly to Udta Punjab winning big at the awards, as well as some of the jokes made at the Censor Board’s expense.