‘Bajirao Mastani’, ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ top IIFA 2016 nominations

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Bajirao Mastani’ and Kabir Khan’s ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ leads this year IIFA nominations. Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have been nominated in the best actress and actor category respectively at IIFA, scheduled to take place in Madrid, Spain next month.

‘Bajirao Mastani’ has scored a maximum of eight nominations at the 17th edition of the NEXA International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards while ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’ is just behind with seven nominations.

Shoojit Sircar's ‘Piku’ is next with six nominations while Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’ received five nominations.  ‘Badlapur’, ‘Talvar’ and ‘Tanu Weds Manu Returns’ are next in the row.

Priyanka Chopra and Tanvi Azmi, have been nominated in the same category for their performance in the supporting role female for ‘Bajirao Mastani’. Other names who are nominated in this category are Anushka Sharma for ‘Dil Dhadakne Do’, Huma Qureshi for ‘Badlapur - Don't Miss the Beginning’ and Konkana Sen Sharma for ‘Talvar’.

Singer Arijit Singh received two nominations in the best playback singer male category for his musical contribution in ‘Hamari Adhuri Kahani’ and ‘Roy’.

Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has received three nominations in three different categories for best performance in the comic role for ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’, performance in a negative role for ‘Badlapur’ and performance in a supporting role male for ‘Bajrangi Bhaijaan’.

"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 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 favourite stars and films win awards by voting soon," said Andre Timmins, director, Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt Ltd, the organisers of the event.

Here is the nominations for best male and female actors:-

Varun Dhawan for Badlapur- Don't Miss The Beginning), Salman Khan for Bajrangi Bhaijaan), Amitabh Bachchan  for Piku, Ranbir Kapoor  for Tamasha and Ranveer Singh Bajirao Mastani.

Priyanka Chopra for Dil Dhadakne Do, Shraddha Kapoor for ABCD 2, Deepika Padukone for Piku, Kangana Ranaut for Tanu Weds Manu Returns and Deepika Padukone Bajirao Mastani.

The nominations for best film are Bajrangi Bhaijaan, Piku, Talvar, Tanu Weds Manu Returns and Bajirao Mastani.

Nominees for best director are Kabir Khan (Bajrangi Bhaijaan), Shoojit Sircar (Piku), Meghna Gulzar (Talvar), Aanand L Rai (Tanu Weds Manu Returns) and Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Bajirao Mastani).

Farhan Akhtar and Shahid Kapoor wil be hosting IIFA this year at IFEMA in Madrid.