MUMBAI: Indian Cinema’s most spectacular awards outside of India, The Tata Motors International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards have declared the list of nominations (Popular category) for its 15th edition. The Videocon D2H IIFA Weekend will be held in Tampa Bay, Florida from April 23-26.
2013 was a fantastic year at the Box-office. Amongst the major films of the year, bagging a maximum number of nods is the inspiring biopic of Milkha Singh, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ followed closely by the gun-fest, ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela’ and the heart-wrenching ‘Aashiqui 2’ with 7 nominations each, while the Ranbir Kapoor starrer - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani scored 6 nominations. Other notable films: Krrish 3, Chennai Express, Kai Po Che and The Lunchbox have been nominated across various award categories.
It is a battle of superstars at the awards, as Shahrukh Khan (Chennai Express), Hrithik Roshan (Krrish 3), Ranbir Kapoor (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani), Farhan Akhtar (Bhaag Milka Bhaag), Ranveer Singh (Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela) and newcomer Sushant Singh Rajput (Kai Po Che) get nominated for Performance in a Leading Role (Male) for exceptional work in their respective films.
Stealing the limelight is the very beautiful Deepika Padukone with 3 nominations in Performance in a Leading Role (Female) category for her perfomance in last year’s smash hits Chennai Express, Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani. Equally impressive performers, Sonakshi Sinha (Lootera), Nimrat Kaur (The Lunchbox) and Shraddha Kapoor (Aashiqui 2) find themselves nominated in the category, as well.
Best Director nominees include a host of celebrated filmmakers like Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Rakesh Roshan, Rohit Shetty, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Abhishek Kapoor. One of the most awaited awards, the Best Film category witnesses 2013’s runway success’s Dhoom 3, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela, Krrish 3, Kai Po Che, Chennai Express and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, as they compete to win the much coveted title.
The Videocon D2H IIFA Weekend is presented by Videocon D2H and the Tata Motors IIFA Awards is presented by Tata Motors. The IIFA Weekend &Awards will be broadcast globally on Star Plus, for the 10th year running.