The nominations for IIFA 2015 are out! Alia Bhatt-Arjun Kapoor-starrer 2 States and Vishal Bhardwaj's Shakespearean adaptation Haider top the list with nine and eight nominations respectively while Aamir Khan and Shah Rukh Khan compete each other in the best actor category.
Rajkumar Hirani's PK earned six nominations and Kangana Ranaut's Queen received 5 nominations for the 16th edition of International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), which will take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from June 5-7.
The best picture category is dominated by female-centric films like Queen, Highway and Priyanka Chopra-starrer biopic Mary Kom. 2 States and Haider and "PK" will also compete in the category.
Aamir Khan and SRK are nominated in the best actor category for their roles in PK and Happy New Year respectively. They will face competition from Hrithik Roshan (Bang Bang), Shahid Kapoor (Haider), Arjun Kapoor (2 States) and Randeep Hooda (Highway).
Queen and Mary Kom stars Kangana and Priyanka will compete in the best actress category alongside Rani Mukerji (Mardaani), Deepika Padukone (Happy New Year), Alia Bhatt (2 States) and Anushka Sharma (PK).
The best director category has Vikas Bahl (Queen), Vishal Bhardwaj (Haider), Rajkumar Hirani (PK), Abhishek Varman (2 States) and Imtiaz Ali (Highway).
The best supporting actor list features Ronit Roy (2 States), Riteish Deshmukh (Ek Villain), Kay Kay Menon (Haider), Randeep Hooda (Kick), Inaamul Haq (Filmistaan) and veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah for 'Finding Fanny'. In the best supporting actress category Tabu is the strongest contender for her powerful role in Haider as Shahid's mother. Other nominees include Amrita Singh in 2 States, Lisa Haydon in Queen, Juhi Chawla in Gulaab Gang and Huma Qureshi in Dedh ishqiya.
Govinda (Happy Ending), Sharib Hashmi (Filmistaan), Sanjay Dutt (PK) and Varun Dhawan (Main Tera Hero) are nominated in the best comic actor category. Riteish and Menon earned their second nomination in the best negative actor category along with Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Kick).
The award function will be aired on COLORS TV. Commenting on the acquisition of the IIFA Awards, Raj Nayak, CEO – COLORS, said, "Over the years, the IIFA Awards has become a global cultural phenomenon that has put Indian cinema on the global radar and we are proud to be associated with it. With the inclusion of IIFA Awards to our bouquet of offerings, COLORS will now curate exceptional entertainment offerings capturing best of Indian film industry. IIFA Weekend will be beamed not only on COLORS India but also on our international feeds including Rishtey bringing quality entertainment to our viewers’ fingertips."