The IIFA Awards are perhaps one of the most prestigious awards held. Indian Cinema has had an incredible year with a diverse number of truly unique films that not only took the box office by storm but were also critically acclaimed. Leading the race with a whopping 8 nominations at the IIFA Awards in the popular categories along with Best Picture is Ae Dil Hai Mushkil followed by the biopic of the Former Indian Cricket Team Captain – M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story bagging 7 nominations in popular categories including the Best Picture nominations. Top Contenders for Best Picture category are Neerja, Pink, Sultan and Udta Punjab.
The Nominees for Best Actor in a Leading Role Male are
- Shahid Kapoor for Udta Punjab,
- Ranbir Kapoor for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil,
- Shah Rukh Khan for Fan,
- Sushant Singh Rajput for M.S. Dhoni,
- Amitabh Bachchan for Pink
- Salman Khan for Sultan.
The nominees for the Best actor in a Leading Role Female are
- Anushka Sharma for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
- Alia Bhatt for Dear Zindagi & Udta Punjab
- Sonam Kapoor for Neerja
- Tapsee Pannu for Pink
The Best Director Nominations Feature
- Karan Johar for Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
- Neeraj Pandey for M.S. Dhoni
- Ram Madhvani for Neerja
- Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary for Pink
- Ali Abbas Zafar for Sultan
- Abhishek Chaubey for Udta Punjab
As IIFA continues to bring together the biggest stars of Bollywood and Hollywood on one stage, the 2017 IIFA Festival New York will play host to some of the most celebrated stars and musicians of the Indian film industry, notable guests, and dignitaries from India and the region, world media and Indian cinema fans from across the globe.
Mr. R. S Kalsi, Executive director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki said “We are delighted to associate with NEXA IIFA Awards 2017 for the third consecutive year. This year we will showcase how NEXA is at the forefront of bringing innovation & delivering outstanding experiences. NEXA is not just an automotive brand but also a lifestyle brand. NEXA is all about newer and premium experiences, just like IIFA which builds lifetime experiences and felicitates excellence in Indian cinema at a global stage”
Speaking on the occasion, Raj Nayak, Chief Operations Officer Viacom18 said, “IIFA Festival is the world’s biggest platform showcasing the magic of Bollywood and India. Colors, India’s leading Hindi Premium entertainment channel, is delighted to bring the magic that’s being created in New York City to our viewers across the globe. As always the IIFA Weekend & Awards extravaganza will be telecast to our viewers in over 140 counties with ancillary programming on other Viacom18 channels including MTV & Colors Infinity.”
IIFA continues on its journey with strength to grow every year in the world of entertainment and building the outreach as a major event globally to bring positive results and impact. This year is set to be one of the biggest, most extravagant and amazing IIFA Weekends to date.