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Has IIFA 2012 flopped?

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Even as celebrities like Shahid Kapoor, Farhan Akhtar, Bipasha Basu, Abhay Deol and Yuvraj Singh were leaving for Singapore for the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards 2012, Bigg Boss lady Pooja Mishra smiled and showed her middle finger at the airport in Mumbai, causing embarrassment.

While this year, Bollywood A-listers, Bachchans and Khans have been missing from the much-hyped awards; long rambling speeches, have further contributed in IIFA 2012 turning out to be a lukewarm affair, reports Mid-Day.

For starters, many stars strangely decided to try out Tamil in their announcements. Ranbir Kapoor and Rishi Kapoor accidentally ended up wearing each other's jackets throughout their performance at the awards night. Shatrughan Sinha kept talking about himself and his own upcoming film. He then addressed Rekha as "the OLD, gold, bold and beautiful Rekha," while she didn't know where to look, states the report.

It adds that while talking about how the divine Rekha has been inspiring most young actresses, Priyanka Chopra left out mentioning Vidya Balan's name from the list. Even veteran director Ramesh Sippy's thanksgiving speech turned out to be a long-winding affair. First Javed Akhtar talked; then Rishi Kapoor went on, then Kamal Haasan.

"IIFA is one of the biggest award brands Bollywood has got, so even minor aspects get blown out of proportion," analyses Bollywood publicist Dale Bhagwagar. Dale further added on a positive note, "Instead, we should concentrate on the efforts, creativity, grandeur and toil behind such a mega event, rather than crib about little things that might not have worked out."

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