CBFC news maker Chief – Pahlaj Nihalani was again in news but this time the so called ‘sanskari’ was right in his opinion. Pahlaj Nihalani was furious over the recent held IIFA 2017 AWARDS for its hypocrisy and even went further to say that the award better known for its extravagance has lost its dignity. This makes us curious, will the furious Pahlaj Nihalani be fast enough to do something on this?
Pahlaj Nihalani in a statement to Hindustan Times recently 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."
The CBFC went further to say that, "I think the day Mr. (Amitabh) 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?"
Pahlaj Nihalani is not wrong, nowadays film awards are not that serious matter and IIFA isn’t an exception but it seems Pahlaj Nihalani’s rant is coming out from some earlier wound that got scratched again at the award function forcing him to bleed his displeasure openly.
UDTA PUNJAB gave the CBFC chief and the makers of this film sleepless nights over its certification which saw Bollywood divided into two sides. The movie finally got release but not before people against the objection raised by CBFC calling it an attempt to curb freedom of expression resulting in ugly words of exchange by both the sides.
The 18th edition of the International Indian Film Academy Awards IIFA held in New York saw UDTA PUNJAB bagging 4 awards including the best actor Shahid Kapoor and best actress Alia Bhatt. Punjabi heartthrob Diljit Dosnajh got the award in best debut male category. Kanika Kapoor won the award for best playback for the song ‘Da Da Dasse’ from the film.
So is UDTA PUNJAB the reason?.. we don’t know but thanks to Pahlaj Nihalani the sorry state of our award function got again highlighted. The highly coveted Filmfare has always had its share of controversies since decades. This year National Awards saw something unique when Akshay Kumar received nominations in the best actor category for two films RUSTOM and AIRLIFT which is against the rule book which allows only one film to be mentioned.
It’s sad that one of the largest movie producing nations India doesn’t has a dedicated Industry award for the industry, like Oscars or BAFTA. Bollywood has Apsara but it is confined to a particular producers association. There is no common umbrella for a recognized award like Oscar in India.
Mr. Nihalani is furious and we are curious to know whether the producer of super hit blockbusters like AANKHEN, SHOLA AUR SHABNAM who is the current chief of CBFC will act fast and have a proper industry award in Bollywood like Oscar..? Well, considering his remarkable 29 years stint as the President of the Association of Pictures and TV Programme Producers (AMPTPP) can get the producers together under one umbrella for a distinguished and respected industry award in future?
Furious Pahlaj Nihalani ji, it’s time to be fast!