'Barfi' movie poster
'Barfi' movie posterReuters

The nominations for the 14th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards were announced on Monday (22 April).

Ranbir Kapoor's "Barfi" leads the pack with 13 nominations followed by Ayushmann Khurrana's "Vicky Donor" which garnered nine nominations.

Anurag Kashyap's "Gangs of Wasseypur" and Hrithik Roshan's "Agneepath" also received major nominations. Some of the other films that have bagged nominations include "Cocktail", "Kahaani", "Paan Singh Tomar" and Shah Rukh Khan's "Jab Tak Hai Jaan".

"It's been a phenomenal year for the Indian film industry and the nominations for this year will definitely reflect this. The growth has been remarkable," Sabbas Joseph, director, Wizcraft International Entertainment and IIFA, said in a statement.

Ranbir's "Barfi", a film about a deaf and mute boy and an autistic girl, will be competing with other movies including "English Vinglish", "Gangs of Wasseypur - Part I", "Kahaani", "Paan Singh Tomar", "Talaash - The Answer Lies Within" and "Vicky Donor" in the best picture category.

Shah Rukh Khan ("Jab Tak Hai Jaan"), Hrithik Roshan ("Agneepath"), Ranbir Kapoor ("Barfi"), Irrfan Khan ("Paan Singh Tomar"), Ayushmaan Khurrana ("Vicky Donor") and Manoj Bajpayee ("Gangs of Wasseypur - Part I") have all been nominated for best performance in a leading role (male) category.

The nominations for the best performance in a leading role (female) category are: Sridevi ("English Vinglish"), Priyanka Chopra ("Barfi"), Deepika Padukone ("Cocktail"), Kareena Kapoor ("Heroine"), Vidya Balan ("Kahani") and Huma Qureshi ("Gangs of Wasseypur-II")

Nominations in the best director category: Anurag Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur-1), Tigmanshu Dhulia (Paan Singh Tomar), Shoojit Sircar (Vicky Donor), Anurag Basu ("Barfi") and Sujoy Ghosh ("Kahaani"). 

The nominations for the best performance in supporting role (Male): Saurabh Shukla for "Barfi", Nawazuddin Siddiqui for "Gangs of Wasseypur - Part I"), Akshay Kumar for "OMG - Oh My God", Mithun Chakraborthy for "OMG - Oh My God", Nawazuddin Siddiqui  for "Talaash - The Answer Lies Within" and Annu Kapoor for "Vicky Donor."

The nominations for the best performance in supporting role (Female): Diana Penty - "Cocktail", Reema Sen - "Gangs of Wasseypur -Part I", Divya Dutta - "Heroine", Jacqueline Fernandes - "Housefull 2", Anushka Sharma - "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" and Dolly Ahluwalia - "Vicky Donor."

The nominations for the best performance in a comic role: Abhishek Bachchan - "Bol Bachchan", Boman Irani - "Cocktail", Chunky Pandey - "Housefull 2", Paresh Rawal - "OMG - Oh My God" and Annu Kapoor - "Vicky Donor."

Nominations for best performance in a negative role: Rishi Kapoor - "Agneepath", Sanjay Dutt - "Agneepath", Tigmanshu Dhulia - "Gangs of Wasseypur - Part I", Saswata Chatterjee - "Kahaani" and Bipasha Basu - "Raaz 3."

Nominations for best story: Anurag Basu & Tani Basu for "Barfi", Gauri Shinde for "English Vinglish", Zeishan Quadri for "Gangs of Wasseypur 1", Sanjay Chouhan & Tigmanshu Dhulia for "Paan Singh Tomar" and Juhi Chaturvedi for "Vicky Donor."

Nominations in the category for best music direction: Pritam ("Barfi" and "Cocktail"), A.R. Rahman ("Jab Tak Hai Jaan"), Ajay-Atul ("Agneepath") and Sneha Khanwalkar ("Gangs of Wasseypur-1").

Nomiantions for Best Playback singer (male) category: Mika Singh for "Pungi" ("Agent Vinod"), Ajay Gogavale for "Deva Shree Ganesha" ("Agneepath"), Sonu Nigam for "Anhi Mujh Mein Kahi" ("Agneepath"), Mohit Chauhan for "Ala Barfi" ("Barfi"), Nikhil Paul George for "Main Kya Karoon" and "Aashiyan" ("Barfi") and Ayushmann Khurrana for "Paani Da Rang" ("Vicky Donor").

Nominations for Best Playback Singer (Female) category: Shreya Ghoshal has bagged two nominations for "Chikni Chameli" ("Agneepath") and "Aashiyan" ("Barfi"), Rekha Bhardwaj for "Phir Le Aya Dil" ("Barfi"), Kavita Seth for "Tumhi Ho Bandhu" ("Cocktail") and Shalmali Kholgade for "Pareshan" ("Ishqzaade").

Nominations for best lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya - "Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin" ("Agneepath"), Sayeed Quadri- 'Phir Le Aya Dil' (Reprise) (Barfi!), Swanand Kirkire - "Aashiyan" (Solo) & "Ala Barfi" ("Barfi"), Gulzar - "Saans" ("Jab Tak Hai Jaan"), Javed Akhtar - "Jee Le Zaraa" ("Talaash - The Answer Lies Within") and Ayushmann Khurrana & Rochak Kohli - "Paani Da Rang" ("Vicky Donor").