IIFA: Shahid, Farhan arrive on donkeys; poke fun at CBFC

Shahid Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar had the audiences in splits, when they made their entry on donkeys to host the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards 2016. The duo who hosted the awards ceremony in 2014 as Raju and Pappu, reprised their avatars for the 17th edition of the event held in Spanish capital Madrid.

The hosts took a dig at the censor board and its chief Pahlaj Nihalani and joked about last year’s controversial ‘Award Wapsi’. The controversy saw several well-known filmmakers returning their National Awards in solidarity with the agitating students of Pune’s Film and Television Institute of India,

Joking about the row, Shahid said, “this time we have decided that at IIFA we will have awards for returning of awards. The nominations are Farhan for 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag', Riteish Deshmukh for 'Bangistan', Boman Irani for '3 Idiots'." To this, Farhan was quick to add, “Shahid Kapoor for 'Haider'.” The sarcasm is that none of these movies received the National Award.

The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has been in the recent past severely criticised by filmmakers and cine-goers for chopping off scenes in some films and giving U/A certificate to children’s film ‘The Jungle Book’. It had major issues with Shahid’s recently released ‘Udta Punjab’ and the matter had even gone to the Bombay High Court.

Shahid took potshots at the censor board calling it a “certification board, whose work is 'chhatna' (selection) not 'katna' (omission).” Taking a jibe at CBFC chairperson, the ‘Shaandaar’ actor further said, “according to them (Censor Board), we from the film industry have no 'Pahlaj and sharam'."

Farhan had a better term for CBFC’s job. "This is beepomania and if things continue like this, very soon we will only have beeps in the films," the ‘Rock On!!’ actor said.

Shahid also made fun of himself saying that his wedding last year which took his fans by surprise, was the biggest controversy and the new of him becoming a father was the biggest sensation. "The biggest controversy last year was that I got married. Biggest tehelka is that main baap banne wala hoon," the actor said.

Shahid and his wife Mira who tied the knot in July last year, are expecting their first child around September this year.