Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus “Bajirao Mastani” is leading the nominations list of the 17th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards with eight nods, including best director and best picture. The historical drama’s lead stars Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have been nominated in the best actress and actor category respectively, IIFA announced today.
Deepika’s second nomination in the same category is for “Piku”. Priyanka Chopra, who played Kashibai in “Bajirao Mastani”, has bagged a nod in the supporting actress list alongside her co-star from the film, Tanvi Azmi.
The 33-year-old “Quantico” actress has also been nominated in the best actress category for “Dil Dhadakne Do”. The film’s other nominations were in the best playback singer female category for Shreya Ghoshal (‘Deewani Mastani’) and best music direction for Bhansali.
“Bajirao Mastani” is closely followed by superstar Salman Khan’s blockbuster “Bajrangi Bhaijaan”, which has earned seven nominations.
Salman earned a nod in the best actor category for his role of a simpleton, who embarks on a journey to take a mute six-year-old to her home in Pakistan.
The film has also received nods in best picture, best director for Kabir Khan, best story for V Vijayendra Prasad and best music direction for Pritam.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui has landed two nominations for the film - best supporting actor and best performance in a comic role. The actor’s third nod came in performance in a negative role category for his much-acclaimed villainous turn in “Badlapur”.
The Shoojit Sircar-directed “Piku” has landed six nominations including the coveted best picture, best director best actor for Amitabh Bachchan, best supporting actor for Irrfan Khan and best story for Juhi Chaturvedi.