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IIFA is a 'family show': Shatrughan Sinha

Veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha, who'll be seen on the small screen again on The Great Indian Laughter Challenge IV, says that "IIFA stands for International Indian Family Awards".
IANS | By HT Correspondent, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2010 04:05 PM IST

Nothing can stop actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha from voicing his opinion - not even his contemporary Amitabh Bachchan's severe response to the former's comments that International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards is all about kinship rather than merit.

As a reaction to the nomination list of the IIFA awards, released in April, Shatrughan had said: "Sab kisika beta hai, ya kisiki bahu, ya kisiki biwi (Everyone is somebody's son, daughter-in-law or wife)".

Last week again, Shatrughan, who was here to promote his upcoming show, said: "IIFA stands for International Indian Family Awards. These are special family awards."

IIFA awards are being held this year in Bangkok on Friday and Shatrughan is not attending the event.

The actor, who said he was the "first star to come up on television", is now playing judge on the comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge IV.

"Laughter has been my forte. It is my favourite subject. I was approached in the last season as well, but due to lack of time, I couldn't do it," he said.

He has been popular for his socio-political television series The Shotgun Show and now hopes to monitor the participants on the comedy show so that no vulgarity creeps into the jokes.

According to him, Indian politics has two of the best comedians - "Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lalu Prasad Yadav".

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