Filmmaker Karan Johar, along with actors Saif Ali Khan and Varun Dhawan -- all of whom belong to film families -- didn't shy away from raking up the nepotism debate once again at the IIFA Awards 2017.
Karan and Saif, who were hosting the gala, revisited the much-talked about issue which started in Bollywood when Queen star Kangana Ranaut branded Karan as a "flagbearer of nepotism" on his chat show. Read what he said and also check out the inside pictures and news from the event.
When Saif Joked About Nepotism
When Varun joined the two actors on the stage at the Metlife Stadium to receive the Best Performance in a Comic Role for Dishoom, Saif joked that the actor had made it big in the industry because of his father, director David Dhawan.
"You are here because of your pappa," Saif quipped. Varun said: "And you're here because of your mummy (veteran actress Sharmila Tagore). Karan then promptly added: "I am here because of my pappa (late filmmaker Yash Johar). "They then said in unison: "Nepotism rocks".
Varun Took A Dig At Kangana
Varun then didn't leave a chance to take a potshot at Karan saying: "There was a song in your film... 'Bole choodiyan, bole kangana." Karan, with his quick wit, then commented: "Kangana naa hi bole toh achha hai... Kangana bahut bolti hai."
Sushant Upset With IIFA
Shahid Kapoor won the award for the best actor in a leading role category. After Shahid went on stage to receive the award, Sushant Singh Rajput took to Twitter to share a sarcastic tweet in which he wrote, ''@IIFA hahahaha.''
Katrina's Fantastic Performance
Katrina Kaif rocked the IIFA 2017 stage with her fantastic performance.
The Hot Babe
Dressed in black leather pants and a bright yellow bustier, Katrina was looking super hot on the stage.
Salman Khan Steals The Show
Audiences loved Bollywood superstar Salman Khan's entertaining performance at the IIFA.
Sushant & Kriti's Act
Love birds Sushant Singh Rajput and Kriti Sanon performing on the hit numbers.
Alia Bhatt On Cloud Nine
Alia Bhatt was super excited when she won the Best Actress Award for her film Udta Punjab.
Lovely Disha Patani
Disha Patani clicked while giving her 'thank you' speech after winning the Best Debut Award.
On A Related Note
The 18th edition of the star-studded IIFA Awards was organised at the MetLife Stadium, New York.