Karan Johar’s “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” is the front runner in the nomination pack of the 18th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards with a chance to win in eight categories, followed by “M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story” which has been nominated across seven categories.

Both the movies are in competition with “Neerja“, “Pink“, “Sultan” and “Udta Punjab” for the Best Picture trophy.

The list of nominations in the popular category for IIFA were announced via a statement on Friday. The global voting will go live on Saturday and will continue till June 18.

'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' leads IIFA 2017 nominations
‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ leads IIFA 2017 nominations

Set to be held at the iconic MetLife Stadium in New York July 14-15, the two-day IIFA festival — produced and created by Wizcraft International Entertainment — will see a congregation of film celebrities.

Nominees for Best Actor in 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” and Salman Khan for “Sultan“.

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Among the women, the contenders are Anushka Sharma for “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil“, Alia Bhatt for “Dear Zindagi” and “Udta Punjab“, Sonam Kapoor for “Neerja” and Taapsee Pannu for “Pink”.

The Best Director nominations feature Karan Johar (“Ae Dil Hai Mushkil”), Neeraj Pandey (“M.S. Dhoni...), Ram Madhvani (“Neerja“), Aniruddha Roy Chowdhary (“Pink“), Ali Abbas Zafar (“Sultan“) and Abhishek Chaubey (“Udta Punjab“).

Varun Dhawan (“Dishoom”), Jimmy Shergill (Happy Bhag Jayegi“) and Rishi Kapoor (“Kapoor & Sons“) are vying for the Best Comedian title.

In the Best Actor in a Negative role, the nominees are Neil Nitin Mukesh (“Wazir“), Shah Rukh Khan (“Fan“) and Jim Sarbh (“Neerja“).

A long list of names are vying for the Best Supporting Actor (Male) — Rajat Kapoor (“Kapoor & Sons“), Rajkummar Rao (“Aligarh“), Rishi Kapoor (“Kapoor & Sons“), Anupam Kher (“M.S. Dhoni…“) and Amitabh Bachchan (“Wazir“).

In the female category, there are Shabana Azmi (“Neerja“), Andrea Tariang (“Pink“), Ratna Pathak Shah (“Kapoor & Sons“), Disha Patani (M.S. Dhoni...”) and Richa Chadha (“Sarbjit“).

In the music categories; for Music Direction, the competition is between Pritam for “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil“, Amaal Malik and Rochak Kohli for “M.S. Dhoni...” and Amit Trivedi for “Udta Punjab“; in the Best Lyrics category, the contenders are Amitabh Bhattacharya “Channa mereya” from “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil“, Gulzar for “Aave re Hitchki” from “Mirzya” and Tanveer Ghazi for “Tu Chal” from Pink“.

Best Singer (male) will see Arijit Singh (“Channa mereya”), Amit Mishra (“Bulleya“), Diljit Dosanjh (“Ikk Kudi – Reprise), Armaan Malik (“Besabriyaan“) competing with one another, and among the women, the competition is between Kanika Kapoor, Neha Bhasin and Tulsi Kumar for “Da da dasse”, “Jag ghoomeya” and “Soch na sake” respectively.

The 2017 IIFA festival will play host to some of the most celebrated stars and musicians of the Indian film industry.

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  1. Fuddu awards. Ek bhi nomination sahi nahi hai.
    Best actor mein Ranbir aur Shahid hai par Akshay nahi hai. Best comedian k liye jimmy shergill hai par Akshay Ritesh aur Abishek nahi hai. Housefull 3 was a comedy film and no nominations for that.
    IIFA is totally crap . The jury is full of stupids .
    So please dont care about this.

    • Really disgusting that not a single movie of akshay kumar’s AIRLIFT,RUSTOM been nominated.Even the director for the film AIRLIFT must been nominated.Tough I belong to south India but really fed up with this nominations.Few felt good.

  2. Wonder why nonsense movies of Karan Johar movies get top spot in these awards? He is one who never miss any award show. Awards are sold.

    Shame on bollywood industry

  3. At least have some common sense, the so called Award show runners. Is there any respect for acting in your fucking joker industry. Where is Manoj Bajpayi, akshay kumar or amir khan, the only actor who performed excellently in their movies last year. Don’t sell awards, give it to the deserve ones. #Shame


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