[tps_footer]The 17th edition of the NEXA IIFA Awards is one of the most anticipated awards celebration that time and again honours the best of Indian Cinema with the highest level of achievement seen through the glamorous IIFA statuette. The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards announced the list of nominations in the popular category. The Videocon D2H IIFA Weekend & NEXA IIFA Awards will take place in Madrid, Spain from 23rd to 26th June 2016.
It has been an incredible year in Indian Cinema with a number of incomparable films that not only took the box office by storm but were also hailed as critical successes. IIFA this year has truly recognize the full breadth of diverse characters and films that were released with the opulent film ‘Bajirao Mastani’ being the forerunner with 8 nominations followed by the Salman Khan Blockbuster ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ earning 7 nominations. A runaway success for its unique tale, the Shoojit Sircar directed film ‘Piku’ follows with 6 nominations and the Farhan Akhtar starrer ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ received 5 nominations. Other notable mentions this year who are also up for the awards are ‘Badlapur- Don’t Miss the Beginning’, ‘Talvar’ and ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’.
‘Bajirao Mastani’s’ two leading actors, Priyanka Chopra and Tanvi Azmi have both been nominated in the same category for their Performance in a Supporting Role- Female. The king of playback, Arijit Singh has been nominated twice in Playback Singer- Male for his musical contribution in Hamari Adhuri Kahani and Roy. The talented actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has garnered three nominations, Performance in a Comic Role, Performance in a Negative Role and Performance in a Supporting Role- Male.
Speaking on the nominations, Andre Timmins, Director – Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, said, “I am always astounded by the number of great films that are released each year that makes Indian Cinema grow exponentially with the wealth of talent seen both on screen and off. The IIFA buzz will certainly build as some of the biggest films are contending for the NEXA IIFA Awards and the nominations reflect a rich spectrum of the kind of cinematic aptitude Bollywood has seen this year. With the number of talented nominees in the popular categories, I urge fans to see their favorite stars and films win awards by voting soon!”
The Nominees for the Leading Role Male this year are Varun Dhawan (Badlapur- Don’t Miss The Beginning), Salman Khan (Bajrangi Bhaijaan), Amitabh Bachchan (Piku), Ranbir Kapoor (Tamasha)and Ranveer Singh (Bajirao Mastani).
The Leading Role Female contenders feature Priyanka Chopra (Dil Dhadakne Do), Shraddha Kapoor (ABCD 2), Deepika Padukone (Piku), Kangana Ranaut (Tanu Weds Manu Returns) and Deepika Padukone (Bajirao Mastani).
The nominations for Best Picture and Director include a host of names such as Kabir Khan (Bajrangi Bhaijaan), Shoojit Sircar (Piku), Meghna Gulzar (Talvar), Aanand L. Rai (Tanu Weds Manu Returns) and Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Bajirao Mastani)
The NEXA IIFA Awards 2016 will be hosted by Farhan Akhtar and Shahid Kapoor this year and will take place on June 23rd at IFEMA in Madrid. Besides hosting the highly anticipated awards night Farhan Akhtar has also been nominated for his Performance in a Supporting Role– Male for Dil Dhadakne Do.
With the perfect destination to host the gala celebrations, the International Indian Film Academy is all geared up to unfold and present a breathtaking amalgamation of two richly diverse countries and cultures. IIFA 2016 aims at bringing the magic of Indian Cinema to Spain and opening doors for Indian cinema across Europe and Latin America.[/tps_footer]