IIFA 2017: 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' leads with 8 nominations

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], May 19 (ANI): The 18th edition of the 2017 IIFA Awards is among the most coveted and highly anticipated awards celebrations that honour the very best of Indian Cinema with the highest level of achievement seen through the glamorous IIFA statuette. Today, the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards announced the list of nominations in the popular category. Leading the race with a whopping eight nominations in the popular categories along with Best Picture is 'Ae DIl Hai Mushkil' followed by the biopic of the former Indian cricket skipper- 'M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story' bagging seven nominations in popular categories including the Best Picture. The other contenders for Best Picture are 'Neerja', 'Pink', 'Sultan' and 'Udta Punjab'. Andre Timmins, director- Wizcraft International, the producers and creators of the IIFA movement, shared, "It is amazing to see the progress that the IIFA Festival New York has seen in the past few months as we prepare for our biggest IIFA Awards ever. Featuring a mega star line up for IIFA Rocks and IIFA Awards we will be creating entertainment like never seen before. We are thankful for so many of the industry that turned out to vote for the nominated films and people involved. It now remains for the global online voting to begin for the popular category awards to be determined. The 2017 IIFA Awards is going to be a night not to be missed and exciting times to see who finally wins those highly coveted IIFA Awards. The demand for tickets has been tremendous and I would simply advise IIFA fans to grab the hotly sought-after tickets while you still can on iifa.com or ticketmaster.com." Speaking of the association with IIFA, 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." The full list of nominations is: BEST PICTURE Ae Dil Hai Mushkil - Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar & Apoorva Mehta M.S.Dhoni - Fox Star Studios, Arun Pandey(Inspired Entertainment) Neerja - Fox Star Studios, Bling Unplugged Pink - Rashmi Sharma, Ronnie Lahiri, Sheel Kumar Sultan - Aditya Chopra Udta Punjab - Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor, Sameer Nair, Aman Gill, Vikas Bahl, Vikramaditya Motwane & Anurag Kashyap BEST STORY Kapoor & Sons - Ayesha Devitre Dhillon, Shakun Batra Neerja - Saiwyn Quadras Pink - Ritesh Shah, Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury, Shoojit Sircar BEST DIRECTION Karan Johar - Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Neeraj Pandey- M.S.Dhoni Ram Madhvani - Neerja Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury - Pink Ali Abbas Zafar - Sultan Abhishek Chaubey - Udta Punjab BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (MALE) Shahid Kapoor - Udta Punjab Ranbir Kapoor - Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Shah Rukh Khan - Fan Sushant Singh Rajput - M.S.Dhoni Amitabh Bachchan - Pink Salman Khan - Sultan BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (FEMALE) Anushka Sharma - Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Alia Bhatt - Dear Zindagi Sonam Kapoor - Neerja Taapsee Pannu - Pink Alia Bhatt - Udta Punjab MUSIC DIRECTION Pritam - Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Amaal Malik & Rochak Kohli - M.S.Dhoni Amit Trivedi - Udta Punjab BEST LYRICIST Amitabh Bhattacharya - Channa Mereya, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Gulzar - Aave re Hitchki, Mirzya Tanveer Ghazi - Tu Chal, Pink BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (MALE) Arijit Singh - Channa Mereya, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Amit Mishra - Bulleya, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Diljit Dosanjh - Ikk Kudi ( reprise ), Udta Punjab Armaan Malik - Besabriyaan, MS. Dhoni BEST PLAYBACK SINGER (FEMALE) Kanika Kapoor - Da Da Dasse, Udta Punjab Neha Bhasin - Jag Ghoomeya, Sultan Tulsi Kumar - Soch Na Sake, Airlift BEST ACTOR IN A NEGATIVE ROLE Neill Nitin Mukesh - Wazir Shah Rukh Khan - Fan Jim Sarbh - Neerja BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (MALE) Rajat Kapoor - Kapoor & Sons Rajkumar Rao - Aligarh Rishi Kapoor - Kapoor & Sons Anupam Kher - M.S.Dhoni Amitabh Bachchan - Wazir BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (FEMALE) Shabana Azmi - Neerja Andrea Tariang - Pink Ratna Pathak Shah - Kapoor & Sons Disha Patani - M.S.Dhoni Richa Chadha - Sarbjit The award ceremony will take place at the iconic MetLife Stadium on the 14th and 15th of July. IIFA Global Voting goes LIVE on May 20 till June 18. Nexa IIFA Awards will air exclusively on Colors TV. (ANI)