Where is Mr India?

Jun 12, 2012, 08:39 IST | Janhavi Samant

Shahid Kapoor made sure that Anil Kapoor's absence at the IIFA Awards in Singapore didn't go unnoticed

Despite a long association with the IIFA awards event and even after promoting it just a couple of months ago along with Bipasha Basu, for some reason, Anil Kapoor was nowhere to be seen in Singapore. However, Shahid Kapoor wasn’t in a hurry to let us forget it.

Ayushmann Khurana and Shahid Kapoor in their Vicky Donor spoof

He kept pointing at a chair with Anil’s name pasted on it and taking potshots calling him Mr India during his Vicky Donor spoof. The digs at Anil then continued through the evening. In fact Anil’s brother Boney Kapoor and sister-in-law Sridevi who were sitting just in the adjacent chairs looked discernibly awkward while the audience wondered why Sasha was at it.

Anil Kapoor and Bipasha Basu at the IIFA promotions in April

Perhaps Shahid thought it was payback time for Mausam. If you jog your memory, you will recall that Anil’s daughter Sonam Kapoor had starred in Mausam with Sasha in his dad Pankaj Kapoor’s directorial debut. Buzz was that Sonam had acted difficult during the shoot of the film and led to a delay in the project which faced several obstacles.

Everyone was left wondering why Shahid was going overboard with the barrage of missives aimed at Anil. Anil who is shooting in Turkey for Abbas-Mustan’s film remained unavailable for comment.

Chunky takes it sportingly
Chunky Pandey got a taste of his own medicine at IIFA. First Boman Irani complained about having to share a room with Chunky! Then Ayushmann Khurana and Shahid Kapoor took constant digs at him. But Chunky took it like a sport. “It’s high time people started making jokes about me, especially considering the number of digs I have made in my entire life.

All these jokes are from my own friends so I take them as compliments! But in future I am thinking of starting a royalty programme. Just like people have to pay royalty to use a song, they will need to start paying me for all Chunky Panday jokes made at award functions now,” he laughs.

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