How did IIFA deliver its girl power message? By making fun of Kangana Ranaut

It would have been a quick and painless IIFA 2017 in New York City, given that the events of the weekend were broadcast in India on July 16 (Sunday) a day after they happened. But aside from some questionable winners, what made IIFA a painful drag was a little “gag” by Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan, the hosts for the night, and Varun Dhawan, who joined them after winning an award.

It’s been a while since Karan Johar made statements about his beef with Kangana Ranaut, during his talk at LSE in March. And the whole shebang started in February when Kangana Ranaut made this remark on Koffee With Karan:


“In my biopic, if it’s ever made, you’ll play that stereotypical Bollywood biggie, who is very snooty and completely intolerant of outsiders; the flagbearer of nepotism, the movie mafia. You will play a huge part!”

But Karan Johar waited all the way up till July, till the IIFA came about, to make another comment about the entire issue.

If you haven’t watched last night’s IIFA broadcast, the gag was pretty basic. Varun Dhawan accepted an award for Dishoom, Saif Ali Khan told him how he got it because of his father, David Dhawan, Varun Dhawan retaliated that Saif Ali Khan is where he is because of his mother Sharmila Tagore, and Karan Johar happily quipped about how he’s only where he is because of his father. Obviously, song and dance was in order and they decided to chime in with Bole Chudiyaan from Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. But when Bole Kangana came about, Karan Johar wasted no time in saying:

Courtesy: IIFA
Courtesy: IIFA Twitter

“Kangana na hi bole toh achcha hai.”

Naturally, the message for the night was made pretty clear at IIFA:

“Nepotism rocks!”

Oh, in case you’re wondering if that was the real message of IIFA 2017, it wasn’t. They’d pegged the whole show around women empowerment and girl power. So naturally, while Pink won awards for direction, and Taapsee Pannu took home an award for Woman Of The Year, it was totally easy for them to make quips about women throughout the show, hold a best dressed contest (with no winners) just for the women, with two men supposedly judging, and it was the easiest to pick on Kangana Ranaut who wasn’t even in the audience.

While we’d earlier said, and we still stand by the idea, that the right and wrong in the Karan Johar-Kangana Ranaut battle isn’t for us to decide, we do have to say, loud and clear, that bringing the beef up at IIFA was rather pointless and in poor taste. We’re unsure if it’s the contribution of those who wrote the jokes for the show, or of the anchors themselves. But we’re sure that raking up an old issue just to make a few headlines and get a few people going “hawww” and “woah” isn’t the coolest thing to do. Honestly, Karan Johar, we thought you were better than that. And Varun Dhawan and Saif Ali Khan made it no better by joining in a party they weren’t invited to in the first place.


Aakriti Anand

Content Editor - Website

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