Irrfan Khan nominated at Asian Film Awards

Critically acclaimed The Lunchbox has been nominated for several awards at the prestigious Asian Film Awards, including Best Film and Best Actor for Irrfan Khan. The ceremony celebrates the best films from the Asia region.

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The Lunchbox has received unprecedented recognition for its simple yet compelling storyline.

Irrfan Khan has been recognised for his role in The Lunchbox at the 8th Asian Film Awards (AFA). The Asian film awards celebrates the creative talents across Asia, and is regularly dubbed as the ‘Asian Oscars’.

The AFA’s began in 2007, and is the only awards that celebrates the cinematic talents of the whole Asia region. For 2014, the ceremony will be held at the Dancing Water Theatre at City of Dreams in Macau. In collaboration with the AFA’s this year is Melco Crown Entertainment.

Sunny Yu, Senior Vice President, Entertainment and Projects of Melco Crown Entertainment said:

“We are confident that our collaboration with the AFA Academy will impress the whole region when we bring Asian Film Awards to the most spectacular and sophisticated theater in Asia.”

Up against some of the biggest films from Japan and China, The Lunchbox is one of the few films to be nominated from India.

Asian Film AwardsSince its release, The Lunchbox has received unprecedented recognition for its simple yet compelling storyline.

It is a humanistic story of two people who become friends by accident. The story exposes daily insecurities and concerns and perfectly explores the human behaviour of ordinary people.

The critically acclaimed film is up for 3 awards in total, including Best Film, Best Actor and Best Screenwriter.

The film has already won a number of Filmfare Awards, including the Critics award for Best Film, and the Best Debut Director for Ritesh Batra. Khan also received the Best Actor award at the 2013 Saint Jean De Luz Film Festival in Paris.

Asian Film AwardsKhan will be facing a tough nominee category for the Best Actor gong as he is up against the likes of Masaharu Fukuyama (Japan, Like Father, Like Son), Song Kang-ho (Korea, The Attorney), Lee Kangsheng (Taiwan, Stray Dogs) and Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Hong Kong SAR, The Grandmaster).

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has also been nominated in the Best Composer category for Shankar, Ehsan and Loy.

There are 14 categories in total for the AFA’s and the 8th ceremony has seen an incredible 73 nominations from 13 countries and regions. The judging panel itself consists of 12 film industry experts who have narrowed down those films worthy of recognition.

Here is the full list of nominees for the 8th Asian Film Awards 2014:

Best Film

No Man’s Land, Mainland China
The Grandmaster, Hong Kong/Mainland China
The Great Passage, Japan
The Lunchbox, India
Snowpiercer, South Korea/United States/France
Stray Dogs, France/Taiwan

Best Director

BONG Joon-ho – Snowpiercer, South Korea/United States/France
Anthony CHEN – Ilo Ilo, Singapore
KOREEDA Hirokazu – Like Father, Like Son, Japan
TSAI Ming-liang – Stray Dogs, France/Taiwan
WONG Kar-wai – The Grandmaster, Hong Kong/Mainland China

Best Actor

FUKUYAMA Masaharu – Like Father, Like Son, Japan
Irrfan KHAN – The Lunchbox, India
LEE Kang Sheng – Stray Dogs, France/Taiwan
Tony LEUNG Chiu Wai – The Grandmaster, Hong Kong/Mainland China
SONG Kang-ho – The Attorney, South Korea

Best Actress

Eugene DOMINGO – Barber’s Tales, The Philippines HAN Hyo-joo – Cold Eyes, South Korea
PAW Hee Ching – Rigor Mortis, Hong Kong
MAKI Yoko – The Ravine Of Goodbye, Japan
ZHANG Zi Yi – The Grandmaster, Hong Kong/Mainland China

Best Newcomer

CHOI Hon-Yick – The Way We Dance, Hong Kong
LIM Si-wan – The Attorney, South Korea
JIANG Shuying – So Young, Mainland China
KINOSHITA Misaki – The Backwater, Japan
NINOMIYA Keita – Like Father, Like Son, Japan

Best Supporting Actor

Mark CHAO – So Young, Mainland China
HUANG Bo – No Man’s Land, Mainland China
JUNG Woo-sung – Cold Eyes, South Korea
ODAGIRI Joe – The Great Passage, Japan
TSUMABUKI Satoshi – Tokyo Family, Japan

Best Supporting Actress

AOI Yu – Tokyo Family, Japan
Mavis FAN – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, Taiwan
KIM Young-ae – The Attorney, South Korea
NIKAIDO Fumi – Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, Japan
YEO Yann Yann – Ilo Ilo, Singapore

Best Screenwriter

Ritesh BATRA – The Lunchbox, India
BONG Joon-ho, Kelly MASTERSON – Snowpiercer, South Korea/United States/France
LI Qiang – So Young, Mainland China
WATANABE Kensaku – The Great Passage, Japan
WONG Kar-wai, XU Haofeng, ZOU Jingzhi – The Grandmaster, Hong Kong, Mainland China

Best Cinematographer

KIM Byung-seo, YEO Kyung-bo – Cold Eyes, South Korea
LIAO Pen Jung, LU Qing Xin, SHONG Woon Chong – Stray Dogs, France, Taiwan
Philippe LE SOURD – The Grandmaster, Hong Kong/Mainland China
Man-Ching NG – Rigor Mortis, Hong Kong
Aziz ZHAMBAKIYEV – Harmony Lessons, France, Germany, Kazakhstan

Best Production Designer

William CHANG Suk Ping, Alfred YAU Wai Ming – The Grandmaster, Hong Kong/Mainland China
HAO Yi – No Man’s Land, Mainland China
INAGAKI Hisao – Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, Japan
Ken MAK – Young Detective Dee: Rise Of The Sea Dragon, Hong Kong, Mainland China
Ond?ej NEKVASIL – Snowpiercer, South Korea/United States/France

Best Composer

Yudhi ARFANI, Zeke KHASELI – What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love, Indonesia
Shankar MAHADEVAN, Loy MENDONSA, Ehsaan NOORANI – Run Milkha Run, India
Nathaniel MECHALY, UMEBAYASHI Shigeru – The Grandmaster, Hong Kong/Mainland China

Best Editor

William CHANG Suk Ping, Benjamin COURTINES, POON Hung Yiu – The Grandmaster, Hong Kong/Mainland China
DU Yuan – No Man’s Land, Mainland China
ITO Junichi – Why Don’t You Play in Hell?, Japan
David M. RICHARDSON – Rigor Mortis, Hong Kong
SHIN Min-kyung – Cold Eyes, South Korea

Best Visual Effects

ASANO Shuji – Real, Japan
Pierre BUFFIN (BUF) – The Grandmaster, Hong Kong/Mainland China
Enoch CHAN – Rigor Mortis, Hong Kong
Jung Sung-jin – Mr. Go, Mainland China/South Korea
KIM Wook, PARK Soo-young – Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, Hong Kong, Mainland China

Best Costume Designer

William CHANG Suk Ping – The Grandmaster, Hong Kong/Mainland China
Catherine GEORGE – Snowpiercer, South Korea/United States/France
Pik Kwan LEE, Bruce YU – Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon, Hong Kong, Mainland China
SHIM Hyun-seob – The Face Reader, South Korea

The 8th Asian Film Awards will take place in Macau on March 27, 2014. Will Irrfan Khan be able to take the Actor award? We will have to wait and see. Good luck to all the nominees.

Aisha an English literature graduate, is a keen editorial writer. She adores reading, theatre, and anything arts related. She is a creative soul and is always reinventing herself. Her motto is: “Life is too short, so eat dessert first!”


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