Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates - Wednesday, 28. December 2022

Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, Gangubai Kathiawadi and Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2 lead the way for Nominations


Global Voting to go LIVE today and is open to everyone HERE



The biggest celebration of Indian cinema, the International Indian Film Academy and Awards (IIFA), returns with its 23rd edition to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, on February 9th, 10th and 11th, 2023. As the countdown to the biggest celebration of Indian Cinema worldwide draws near, International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards announces its 12 Popular Category nominations


Rounding out the 12 Popular award Categories are Best Picture | Direction | Performance in a Leading Role (Female)| Performance in a Leading Role (Male) | Performance in a Supporting Role (Female) | Performance in a Supporting Role (Male) | Music Direction| Best Story (Original) | Best Story (Adapted) | Lyrics | Playback Singer (Female) | Playback Singer (Male). Global Voting goes LIVE on Tuesday, 27th December 2022 and is open to everyone on here


The top picks for the Best Picture category are Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, Darlings, Drishyam 2, Gangubai Kathiawadi, Vikram Vedha

Nominations for the Direction category are Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, Darlings, Gangubai Kathiawadi, Monica O My Darling, Rocketry: The Nambi Effect


The nominees for Performance in a Leading Role (Female) are Yami Gautam Dhar (A Thursday), Tabu (Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2), Alia Bhatt (Darlings), Shefali Shah (Darlings), Alia Bhatt (Gangubai Kathiawadi)


The nominees for Performance in a Leading Role (Male) are Kartik Aaryan (Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2), Abhishek A. Bachchan (Dasvi), Ajay Devgn (Drishyam 2), Rajkummar Rao (Monica O My Darling), Anupam Kher (The Kashmir Files), Hrithik Roshan (Vikram Vedha)


The nominees for Performance in a Supporting Role (Female) are Sheeba Chadha (Badhaai Do), Mouni Roy (Brahmastra Part One: Shiva), Nimrat Kaur (Dasvi), Tabu (Drishyam 2), Radhika Apte (Monica O My Darling)


The nominees for Performance in a Supporting Role (Male) are Abhishek Banerjee (Bhediya), Shah Rukh Khan (Brahmastra Part One: Shiva), Vijay Raaz (Gangubai Kathiawadi), Anil Kapoor (Jugjugg Jeeyo), Sikander Kher (Monica O My Darling)


The nominees for Music Direction are Pritam (Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2), Pritam (Brahmastra Part One: Shiva), Sanjay Leela Bhansali (Gangubai Kathiawadi), Oaff and Savera (Gehraiyaan), Tanishk Bagchi, Pozy (Niranjan Dhar), Kanishk Seth and Vishal Shelke (Jugjugg Jeeyo)


The nominees for Playback Singer (Female) are Jonita Gandhi for the song Deva Deva (Brahmastra Part One: Shiva), Shreya Ghoshal for Rasiya (Brahmastra Part One: Shiva), Shreya Ghoshal for Jab Saiyaan (Gangubai Kathiawadi), Lothika for Doobey (Gehraiyaan), Kavita Seth for Rangi Sari – traditional/ folk song (Jugjugg Jeeyo)


The nominees for Playback Singer (Male) are Arijit Singh for Kesariya (Brahmastra Part One: Shiva), Arijit Singh for Deva Deva (Brahmastra Part One: Shiva), Mohit Chauhan for Gehraiyaan (reprise) (Gehraiyaan), Kanishk Seth for Rangi Sari – traditional/ folk song (Jugjugg Jeeyo), Aditya Rao for Behney Do (Rocketry: The Nambi Effect)


Furthermore, the nominees for Best Story (Original) are Akshat Ghildial and Suman Adhikary for Badhaai Do, Ayan Mukherji for Brahmastra Part One: Shiva, R. Balki for Chup, Jasmeet K Reen and Parveez Shaikh for Darlings, Vivek Ranjan Agnihotri for The Kashmir Files


The nominees for Best Story (Adapted) are Aamil Keeyan Khan and Abhishek Pathak for Drishyam 2, S.Hussain Zaidi and Jane Borges for Gangubai Kathiawadi, Yogesh Chandekar for Monica O My Darling, R.Madhavan for Rocketry: The Nambi Effect, Pushkar, Gayatri and BA Fida for Vikram Vedha

The nominees for Lyrics are Varun Grover for the song Atak Gaya Hai (Badhaai Do), Amitabh Bhattacharya for the song Kesariya (Brahmastra Part One: Shiva), A.M. Turaz for the song Jab Saiyaan (Gangubai Kathiawadi), Ankur Tewari for the song Gehraiyaan (Gehraiyaan), Raj Shekhar for the song Behney Do (Rocketry: The Nambi Effect)


The highly-anticipated event is being held in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), and Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading curator of immersive destinations and experiences. NEXA continues its partnership as the title sponsor for the seventh consecutive edition.



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About IIFA (International Indian Film Academy)

IIFA is dedicated to building bridges across cinemas, businesses, communities and nations, creating everyone’s dream: “One People. One World”. IIFA is the most appreciated South Asian film academy and a global platform that gives the Indian film fraternity an opportunity to reach audiences in international territories. The alliances made via the platform of IIFA provide huge benefits and gain to India and an equally important objective is to create similar benefits in the host country. The aim is to establish a system of mutual benefit to both India as well as the host destinations by boosting tourism, economic development, trade, culture, cross-border investments and film co-productions. The IIFA Weekend & Awards each year travel to new, exciting and beautiful destinations, taking the film fraternity to unite and celebrate the best of Indian film and culture, thereby taking Indian Cinema and India to a wider audience.


About Miral

Miral is Abu Dhabi’s creator of destinations, uniting people and places through unique, immersive and exciting experiences. Responsible for the development and management of Yas Island, Miral’s assets encompass entertainment, hospitality, leisure, sport, dining and retail destinations. Today, Yas Island is home to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi, Yas Links Golf Course, Yas Mall, Yas Marina Circuit, Yas Marina and eight hotels, including Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island located on Yas Bay, the soon to be Abu Dhabi’s premier waterfront destination. For more information, visit


About the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors and its creative industries, fueling economic progress and helping to achieve Abu Dhabi’s wider global ambitions. By working in partnership with the organizations that define DCT Abu Dhabi’s position as a leading international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the DCT Abu Dhabi’s potential, coordinate effort and investment, deliver innovative solutions, and use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture, tourism and creative industries. DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the emirate’s people, heritage and landscape. We work to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation, and unparalleled experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives and creative thought.

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About Yas Island

Yas Island is one of the world’s fastest-growing leisure and entertainment destinations, located on the golden shores of Abu Dhabi - just 20 minutes from downtown Abu Dhabi and 50 minutes from Dubai. Yas Island offers holiday makers a diverse mix of award-winning leisure and entertainment experiences, from one-of-a-kind theme parks, world-class shopping and superb dining, to a links golf course, exciting water and motor sports, and spectacular musical, entertainment and family events all within the 25 sq km Island. Today, Yas Island is home to the award-winning theme parks Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, the record-breaking CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi, Yas Marina Circuit (home to the FORMULA 1 ETIHAD AIRWAYS ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX™), Yas Marina, the award-winning Yas Links golf course, as well as Abu Dhabi’s largest mall, Yas Mall. With hotels, including W Abu Dhabi - Yas Island, Hilton Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Crowne Plaza Yas Island Abu Dhabi, Yas Island Rotana, Centro Yas Island by Rotana, Radisson Blu Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island, Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Abu Dhabi Yas Island and Staybridge Suites Abu Dhabi Yas Island, plus more than 165 dining experiences, the destination also features indoor and outdoor concert venues including WHITE and Etihad Arena - all of which are complemented by a range of visitor services that connect all attractions to one another.

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