Who will win Best Film? We shall have to wait and see!
It’s official. The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) has finally announced its nominees for the 2013 Awards.
Barfi! is leading the way with an impressive 15 nominations, the maximum that IIFA can award. The movie has been a huge success internationally and has already bagged numerous awards this year from other leading functions. It was even nominated for Best Foreign Language Film in the 85th Academy Awards.
Directed by Anurag Basu, the warm-hearted tale of romance and comedy is set in the 1970’s of a mute and deaf man from Darjeeling and an autistic girl. Heart-felt films like these have always done extremely well at the Box Office, and Barfi! is no exception.
The film gained much critical praise last year over its beautiful screenplay, cinematography and music. Not to mention some outstanding performances from Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.
The film is closely followed by comedy Vicky Donor. Based around the awkward and light-hearted tale of a sperm donor, it is produced by John Abraham. Directed by Shoojit Sircar, the comedy has been nominated for 9 IIFA Awards.
Director Anurag Kashyap’s Gangs of Wasseypur – Part I is also in the running with nominations in all the major categories.
Ranbir will also be going head to head with heavyweights Hrithik Roshan and Shahrukh Khan for Best Male. 2012 has already been and amazing year for him, and no doubt 2013 will follow suit.
Musical Director has also received a double nomination for both Barfi! and Cocktail. He does face some stiff competition from Oscar-winning A. R. Rahman for Jab Tak Hai Jaan. All outstanding soundtracks, it will be interesting to see which will get the ultimate prize.
The voting system to decide the nominations took place over a weekend last month. Audited by KPMG, the IIFA Voting Weekend saw industry specialists including lyricists, writers, singers, music composers, directors, technicians and film stars decide who they wanted to see win big.
2012 has been a great year for the Bollywood industry. With over 155 new releases, the nominations clearly show the variety and diversity of movies receiving global and critical recognition. With movies like Barfi! leading the forefront, it seems that fans can truly relate and respond to what they see on the big screen.
Director of IIFA, Sabbas Joseph said:
“It’s been a phenomenal year for the Indian film industry and the nominations for this year will definitely reflect this. The growth has been remarkable.”
The nominees for the IIFA Awards 2013 are:
Anurag Basu (Barfi!)
Anurag Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1)
Sujoy Ghosh (Kahaani)
Tigmanshu Dhulia (Paan Singh Tomar)
Shoojit Sircar (Vicky Donor)
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part I
Paan Singh Tomar
Talaash – The Answer Lies Within
Best Performance in a Leading Role (Male)
Hrithik Roshan (Agneepath)
Ranbir Kapoor (Barfi!)
Manoj Bajpai (Gangs of Wasseypur – Part I)
Shahrukh Khan (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)
Irrfan Khan (Paan Singh Tomar)
Ayushmaan Khurrana (Vicky Donor)
Best Performance in a Leading Role (Female)
Priyanka Chopra (Barfi!)
Deepika Padukone (Cocktail)
Sridevi (English Vinglish)
Huma Qureshi (Gangs of Wasseypur – Part I)
Kareena Kapoor (Heroine)
Vidya Balan (Kahaani)
Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Male)
Saurabh Shukla (Barfi!)
Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Gangs of Wasseypur – Part I)
Akshay Kumar (OMG – Oh My God)
Mithun Chakraborthy (OMG – Oh My God)
Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Talaash – The Answer Lies Within)
Annu Kapoor (Vicky Donor)
Best Performance in a Supporting Role (Female)
Diana Penty (Cocktail)
Reema Sen (Gangs of Wasseypur – Part I)
Divya Dutta (Heroine)
Jacqueline Fernandes (Housefull 2)
Anushka Sharma (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)
Dolly Ahluwalia (Vicky Donor)
Best Music Direction
A.R. Rahman (Jab Tak Hai Jaan)
Sneha Khanwalkar (Gangs of Wasseypur – Part I)
Best Playback Singer (Male)
Mika Singh (Agent Vinod – Pungi)
Sonu Nigam (Agneepath – Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin)
Ajay Gogavale (Agneepath – Deva Shree Ganesha’)
Mohit Chauhan (Barfi! – Ala Barfi)
Nikhil Paul George (Barfi! – Main Kya Karoon, Aashiyan)
Ayushmann Khurrana (Vicky Donor – Paani Da Rang)
Best Playback Singer (Female)
Shreya Ghoshal (Agneepath – ‘Chikni Chameli’ (Agneepath)
Rekha Bhardwaj (Barfi! – Phir Le Aya Dil)
Shreya Ghoshal (Barfi! – Aashiyan)
Kavita Seth (Cocktail – Tumhi Ho Bandhu)
Shalmali Kholgade (Ishqzaade – Pareshan)
Amitabh Bhattacharya (Agneepath – Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin)
Sayeed Quadri (Barfi! – Phir Le Aya Dil)
Swanand Kirkire (Barfi! – Aashiyan, Ala Barfi)
Gulzar (Jab Tak Hai Jaan – Saans)
Javed Akhtar (Talaash – The Answer Lies Within – Jee Le Zaraa)
Ayushmann Khurrana, Rochak Kohli – ‘Paani Da Rang’ (Vicky Donor – Paani Da Rang)
Best Performance in a Comic Role
Abhishek Bachchan (Bol Bachchan)
Boman Irani (Cocktail)
Chunky Pandey (Housefull 2)
Paresh Rawal (OMG – Oh My God)
Annu Kapoor (Vicky Donor)
Best Performance in a Negative Role
Rishi Kapoor (Agneepath)
Sanjay Dutt (Agneepath)
Tigmanshu Dhulia (Gangs of Wasseypur – Part I)
Saswata Chatterjee (Kahaani)
Bipasha Basu (Raaz 3)
Anurag Basu and Tani Basu (Barfi)
Gauri Shinde (English Vinglish)
Zeishan Quadri (Gangs of Wasseypur – Part I)
Sanjay Chouhan, Tigmanshu Dhulia (Paan Singh Tomar)
Juhi Chaturvedi (Vicky Donor)
Cinema and Bollywood fans across the world will soon be able to vote for their favourite in each category from the beginning of May. KPMG will audit this final voting process ahead of the Awards Ceremony. The host country and dates for the IIFA Awards 2013 are still to be announced.
Clearly, Barfi! is expected do very well at the IIFA’s! But can it sweep the floor entirely? Or will Vicky Donor steal it’s crown? And who will win Best Film? We shall have to wait and see.