Riteish Deshmukh, center left, and Manish Paul, center right, appear on stage at the 2017 International Indian Film Academy Festival's IIFA Rocks at MetLife Stadium. Pic/AFP
A.R. Rahman's two-hour performance was the highlight of the IIFA Rocks event here, but audience members had much to complain regarding the hosts Maniesh Paul and Riteish Deshmukh.
"They were killers... Absolutely boring, and killed the show," said one of the attendees.
"The two guys should be fired from hosting jobs," complained another while walking out of the concert.
A couple who was attending the concert for Rahman said they were planning to "walk out" of the event due to the "boring elements".
Before Rahman took the stage, the organisers had Kamaal Khan and Diljit Dosanjh regale the audience. Riteish and Maniesh kept coming and going off the stage, cracking toilet humour and other done-to-death jokes.
They also tried celebrity engagement by involving them in a Hindi to English translation game, which failed to entertain the audience.
There were also some jokes referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and the cause of sanitation that he is promoting.
A reference was also made to 'Aam Aadmi'.
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