Nominees for 2011 IIFA Awards

The nominees for the 2011 IIFA Awards have been announced and some of the blockbusters of 2010 are in line to pick up awards in Toronto, Canada. Debangg, My Name is Khan and Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai are all nominees in a number of categories.

" I could not be more thrilled to represent this great industry"

The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) nominees were announced for the 2011 IIFA Awards. This year the 12th IIFA Weekend will take place in Toronto, Canada between 23rd – 25th June 2011.

Videocon will sponsor the IIFA Weekend, while Micromax will sponsor the IIFA Awards for the second time. Rotomac Pens is the Associate Sponsor of the IIFA Weekend 2011, while Air India will partner with IIFA as the Official Airlines Partner. The IIFA Awards ceremony is among the most-watched global events, annually.

The nominees for the IIFA 2011 nominations were announced today with film favourites, Dabangg, Rajneeti, My Name Is Khan, Band Baaja Baaraat and Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai being nominated in the Best Film category. The Leading Role Male category include Salman Khan (Dabangg), Hrithik Roshan (Guzaarish), Ranbir Kapoor (Rajneeti), Ajay Devgn (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai) and Shahrukh Khan (My Name Is Khan), while leading ladies, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Guzaarish), Katrina Kaif (Rajneeti), Anushka Sharma (Band Baaja Baaraat), Vidya Balan (Ishqiya) and Kareena Kapoor (Golmaal 3) are up for the Lead Female Role honour.

Like the 2011 Filmfare awards, there is a battle between the Khans, namely Salman Khan and Shahrukh Khan, both in the best actor and the best film category. Dabangg was one of the biggest Bollywood films of 2010 so it would be surprising if it does not pick up an IIFA. However, a Bollywood tale about gangsters in Mumbai’s underworld, Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai, has a leading 12 nominations for awards including best film, direction, leading actor, story, lyrics, screenplay and dialogue.

The IIFA Weekend, in Toronto will be a selection of mega events that spotlights global attention on Indian cinema. It will include the high-profile IIFA World Premiere; the FICCI-IIFA Global Business Forum; IIFA Rocks; the first look of a number of Indian films; the IIFA Film Workshop and naturally the spectacular Micromax IIFA Awards.

The nominees for the awards were announced at a special IIFA Media Conference in Mumbai on 1st April 2011. Amongst the Bollywood stars attending were Hrithik Roshan, Anil Kapoor, Boman Irani and Dia Mirza. Longtime IIFA supporter, Bollywood hunk, Hrithik Roshan addressed the media saying: “As always it is a great honour for me to come to IIFA and join in the revelry with the rest of the fraternity. Having witnessed so many IIFA’s, I see IIFA Toronto as a landmark for the Wizcraft team and our fraternity, confirming the reach of Indian Cinema, and I could not be more thrilled to represent this great industry and meet the fans in Canada. Let the celebrations begin.”

Watch the video to see the stars telling us more about the IIFA 2011 in Canada.


After the success of the Micromax IIFA Awards in Colombo Sri Lanka, Riteish Deshmukh and Boman Irani will once again play hosts at the Awards in Toronto. This will be Boman’s fifth time at the Awards, while good friend and fellow-actor Riteish will co-host for the fourth time. Talking of the 12th Awards and his hosting stint, Boman Irani said: “I am honoured to host the Awards for the fifth time this year.” He added:

“It is always wonderful to be a part of this larger than life event and hosting is an assignment that I look forward to each year.”

The nominations were released as a result of the industry voting for the Micromax IIFA Awards at the IIFA Voting Weekend 2011 held in March. Results of the industry voting were audited by PriceWaterhouse Coopers, the auditing firm for the IIFA’s and the Oscars. The online voting for the Awards will go live on 15th April, 2011 and will be open to audiences of Indian Cinema, across the world on

Here is the full list of nominees for the 2011 IIFA Awards:

Best Film
Band Baaja Baaraat
My Name Is Khan
Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai

Best Direction
Maneesh Sharma (Band Baaja Baaraat)
Abhinav Kashyap (Dabangg )
Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Guzaarish)
Karan Johar (My Name Is Khan)
Milan Luthria (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai)
Vikramaditya Motwane (Udaan)

Leading Role Male
Salman Khan (Dabangg)
Hrithik Roshan (Guzaarish)
Shah Rukh Khan (My Name Is Khan)
Ajay Devgn (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai)
Ranbir Kapoor (Raajneeti)

Leading Role Female
Anushka Sharma (Band Baaja Baaraat)
Kareena Kapoor (Golmaal 3)
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (Guzaarish)
Vidya Balan (Ishqiya)
Katrina Kaif (Raajneeti)

Supporting Role Male
Mithun Chakrobarty (Golmaal 3)
Arshad Warsi (Ishqiya)
Emraan Hashmi (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai)
Arjun Rampal (Raajneeti)
Manoj Bajpayee (Raajneeti)

Supporting Role Female
Amrita Puri (Aisha)
Dimple Kapadia (Dabangg)
Ratna Pathak Shah (Golmaal 3)
Shernaz Patel (Guzaarish)
Prachi Desai (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai)

Comic Role
Paresh Rawal (Atithi Tum Kab Jaoge?)
Johny Lever (Golmaal 3)
Riteish Deshmukh (Housefull)
Anil Kapoor (No Problem)
Pradhuman Singh Mall (Tere Bin Laden)

Negative Role
Naseeruddin Shah (Allah Ke Banday)
Sonu Sood (Dabangg)
Emraan Hashmi (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai)
Manoj Bajpayee (Raajneeti)
Ronit Roy (Udaan)

Best Story
Maneesh Sharma (Band Baajaa Baaraat)
Abhishek Chaubey (Ishqiya)
Shibani Bhatija (My Name Is Khan)
Rajat Aroraa (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai)
Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane (Udaan)

Dilip Shukla, Abhinav Kashyap (Dabangg)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Bhavani Iyer (Guzaarish)
Abhishek Chaubey, Sabrina Dhawan, Vishal Bhardwaj (Ishqiya)
Shibani Bathija (My Name Is Khan)
Rajat Aroraa (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai)
Anjum Rajabali, Prakash Jha (Raajneeti)

Habib Faisal (Band Baaja Baaraat)
Dilip Shukla, Abhinav Kashyap (Dabangg)
Vishal Bhardwaj (Ishqiya)
Rajat Aroraa (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai)
Prakash Jha (Raajneeti)

Music Direction
Salim – Sulaiman (Band Baaja Baaraat)
Sajid – Wajid & Lalit Pandit (Dabangg)
Vishal – Shekhar (I Hate Luv Storys)
Vishal Bhardwaj (Ishqiya)
Shankar Ehsaan Loy (My Name Is Khan)
Pritam (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai)

Amitabh Bhattacharya (Band Baajaa Baraat – Ainvayi Ainvayi)
Faaiz Anwar (Dabangg – Tere Mast Mast)
Gulzar (Ishqiya – Dil Toh Bachcha)
Niranjan Iyengar (My Name Is Khan – Sajdaa)
Irshad Kamil (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai – Pee Loon)

Playback Singer Male
Vishal Dadlani (Break Ke Baad – Adhoore)
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Dabangg – Tere Mast Mast Do Nain)
Shafqat Amanat Ali (I Hate Love Storys – Bin Tere)
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan (Ishqiya – Dil Toh Bachcha Hai)
Shankar Mahadevan (Karthik Calling Karthik – Uff Teri Adaa)
Mohit Chauhan (Once Upon A Time In Mumbaai – Pee Loon)

Playback Singer Female
Sunidhi Chauhan (Band Baaja Baaraat – Ainvayi Ainvayi)
Mamta Sharma (Dabangg – Munni Badnam)
Shreya Ghoshal (I Hate Luv Storys – Bahara)
Rekha Bhardwaj (Ishqiya – Ab Mujhey Koi)
Sunidhi Chauhan (Tees Maar Khan – Sheila Ki Jawani)

Sabbas Joseph, Director, Wizcraft International Entertainment said: “IIFA is pleased to celebrate its 12th year in Toronto and feels it is Indian Cinema’s gateway to North America. This year’s celebrations will have over 800 delegates from India, including the creme de la creme of Indian cinema and the international media. A third of the expatriate population in Toronto comprises South Asians and we intend to bring a taste of home and cinematic magic to them.”

As a platform that reaches out to millions of global television viewers, IIFA offers a phenomenal opportunity to deliver relevant messages to audiences. The event will be broadcast globally on Star Plus reaching viewers across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and North America.

The IIFA Awards 2011 will be a star studded affair and no doubt the South Asian community in Toronto will be eager to see the stars in their city. The news is the IIFA Weekend is already a sell out.

Amit enjoys creative challenges and uses writing as a tool for revelation. He has major interest in news, current affairs, trends and cinema. He likes the quote: "Nothing in fine print is ever good news."

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