Nominations for the IIFA Awards 2015

The IIFA Awards 2015 will take place on June 7, 2015 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. With the whole of Bollywood gearing up for filmy excitement, who are the big contenders? DESIblitz has the full list of nominations.

IIFA 2015 Awards

"It is amazing how Indian cinema is growing strength by strength every year."

The nominations for the 16th IIFA Awards 2015 have been announced, and there are a few surprises in the mix.

While Queen and Haider have taken the winning lead over the last few awards ceremonies, the IIFA’s sees young romance film, 2 States gain the highest number of nominations with 9 nods.

Haider sees 8 nominations in total while PK follows with 6. Queen is only up for 5 nominations.

The 13 categories recognise each aspect of cinema and filmmaking. Both Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan are up against each other for ‘Leading Role Male’ for their respective films Happy New Year and PK.

IIFA 2015 AwardsThe ‘Leading Role Female’ sees the likes of Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Rani Mukerji, Anushka Sharma, Kangana Ranaut and Alia Bhatt.

Taking place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the IIFA awards will be another weekend of filmy gossip, live music and fashion glamour. Stars are expected to turn out in full force on the weekend of June 5-7, 2015.

Bipasha Basu and Anil Kapoor attended the special IIFA 2015 press conference on April 9, 2015, in Malaysia ahead of the June event.

IIFA’s is the biggest Indian media and entertainment event which sees a viewership of almost 800 million. The filmy weekend is an assortment of cine-festivals, acting and directing workshops and exhibitions, all celebrating the best of Indian cinema.

The weekend will also celebrate the upcoming release of Zoya Akhtar’s Dil Dhadakne Do, which stars an epic celebrity cast of Anushka Sharma, Ranveer Singh, Shefali Shah, Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Farhan Akhtar.

IIFA 2015 AwardsThe previous year of IIFA was a celebrity extravaganza that mixed both Bollywood and Hollywood.

Taking place in Tampa Bay, Florida, special guests Kevin Spacey and John Travolta mingled and danced away on stage with the B-town stars. Expectations for 2015 will be just as high.

Director of Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd, Andre Timmins, says:

“It is amazing how Indian cinema is growing strength by strength every year. It has been a spectacular year for Indian Cinema across genres of films and a multitude of talent on and off screen.

“Some of the biggest films are contending for awards this year and the nominations reflect the talent and achievements of our Indian Film Industry.”

With so much anticipation for this year’s IIFA Awards, we wonder who will win the award for ‘Best Picture’, ‘Leading Role Male’ and ‘Leading Role Male’. Could Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut win again? Or will 2 States be the dark horse for Haider and Queen?

Here is the full list of nominations for the 2015 IIFA Awards:

Best Picture
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag Kashyap – Queen
Sajid Nadiadwala & Karan Johar – 2 States
Vinod Chopra Films & Rajkumar Hirani Films – PK
Utv Motion Pictures & Vishal Bhardwaj Pictures – Haider
Sajid Nadiadwala & Imtiaz Ali – Highway
Viacom 18 Motion Pictures & Sanjay Leela Bhansali – Mary Kom

Best Director
Vikas Bahl – Queen
Vishal Bhardwaj – Haider
Rajkumar Hirani – PK
Abhishek Varman – 2 States
Imtiaz Ali – Highway

Leading Role Male
Shahid Kapoor – Haider
Aamir Khan – PK
Arjun Kapoor – 2 States
Hrithik Roshan – Bang Bang
Randeep Hooda – Highway
Shah Rukh Khan – Happy New Year

Leading Role Female
Kangana Ranaut – Queen
Alia Bhatt – 2 States
Priyanka Chopra – Mary Kom
Deepika Padukone – Happy New Year
Rani Mukherji – Mardaani
Anushka Sharma – PK

Supporting Role Male
Ronit Roy – 2 States
Ritesh Deshmukh – Ek Villain
Kay Kay Menon – Haider
Randeep Hooda – Kick
Inaamulhaq – Filmistaan
Naseeruddin Shah – Finding Fanny

Supporting Role Female
Tabu – Haider
Amrita Singh – 2 States
Lisa Haydon – Queen
Juhi Chawla – Gulaab Gang
Huma Qureshi – Dedh Ishqiya

Comic Role
Sharib Hashmi – Filmistaan
Sanjay Dutt – PK
Varun Dhawan – Main Tera Hero
Govinda – Happy Ending

Negative Role
Ritesh Deshmukh – Ek Villain
Nawazuddin Siddiqui – Kick
Kay Kay Menon – Haider

Best Music Direction
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – 2 States
Mithoon-Banjara, Zaroorat & Hamdard, Ankit Tiwari- Galliyan, Adnan Dhool (Soch) – Awari, Rabbi Ahmed-Awari – Ek Villain
Vishal Bhardwaj- for the full album – Haider
Mithoon, Yo Yo Honey Singh, Pritam, Arko Pravo Mukherjee – Yaariyan

Best Story
Vikas Bahl, Chaitally Parmar, Parveez Shaikh – Queen
Chetan Bhagat-Based On A Best Selling Novel “2 States: The Story Of My Marriage” – 2 States
Abhijat Joshi & Rajkumar Hirani – Pk

Best Lyrics
Manoj Muntashir – Galliyan – Ek Villain
Rashmi Singh – Muskurane – Citylights
Amitabh Bhattacharya – Mast Magan – 2 States

Playback Singer Male
Ankit Tiwari – Galliyan – Ek Villain
Arijit Singh – Muskurane – Citylights
Mika Singh – Jumme Ki Raat – Kick
Sukhwinder Singh – Bismil – Haider

Playback Singer Female
Kanika Kapoor – Baby Doll – Ragini Mms2
Sultana & Jyoti Nooran – Patakha Guddi – Highway
Shreya Ghoshal – Samjhawan – Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania

The Videocon D2H IIFA Weekend and Awards will take place between 5 and 7 June 2015, at the Stadium Putra in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Good luck to all the nominees!

Aisha is an editor and a creative writer. Her passions include music, theatre, art and reading. Her motto is “Life is too short, so eat dessert first!”

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