The year 2013 has been a splendid year for Indian cinema with films like ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, ‘Chennai Express’, ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela-RamLeela’, ‘Aashiqui 2’, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’and ‘Krrish 3’ performing exceptionally well at the Box Office.
The International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards announced the list of its nominations (Popular category) for its 15th edition.
Biopic ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ heads the list with as many as 10 nominations, followed by epic tragic love stories ‘Ram-Leela’ and ‘Aashiqui 2’ with 7 nominations each, while the Ranbir Kapoor starrer – ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani’ scored 6 nominations. Meanwhile ‘Krrish 3’, ‘Chennai Express’ and ‘The Lunchbox’ have also earned themselves IIFA nominations in various categories.
When it comes to the heartthrobs, Shah Rukh Khan (Chennai Express), Hrithik Roshan (Krrish 3), Ranbir Kapoor (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani), Farhan Akhtar (Bhaag Milka Bhaag), Ranveer Singh (Goliyon Ki Rasleela-Ramleela) and newcomer Sushant Singh Rajput (Kai Po Che) have been nominated for Performance in a Leading Role (Male) for their respective films.
Among the ladies, it is Deepika Padukone leading with three nominations in Performance in a Leading Role (Female) category for her performance in blockbusters ‘Chennai Express’, ‘Goliyon Ki Rasleela- Ramleela’ and ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewaani’. Sonakshi Sinha (Lootera), Nimrat Kaur (The Lunchbox) and Shraddha Kapoor (Aashiqui 2) have also been nominated in the category, as well.
When it comes to the directors, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Rakesh Roshan, Rohit Shetty, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and Abhishek Kapoor have made it to the list too.
The IIFA Weekend will be held in Tampa Bay, Florida from April 23-26.
This year Saif Ali Khan will be hosting the award show.