The South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) 2013 is all set to be held from 12-13 September at the Expo Centre Sharja, United Arab Emirates.
The awards ceremony will honour talented film personalities from the four south Indian cinema industries - Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. This is the second successive year for SIIMA awards which debuted in 2012 in Dubai.
SIIMA 2013 will witness scintillating performances and breathtaking acts by some of the biggest stars of south Indian cinema. Celebrities including Shruti Haasan, Hansika Motwani, Shriya Saran, Usha Uthup, Richa Gangopadhyay, Pranitha, Anirudh, Andrea, Lakshmi Menon and Remya Nambeesan will perform at the event.
The two-day awards ceremony will be hosted by Shriya, Sonu Sood, Arya and Rana Daggubati.
The nominations have been announced under various categories from all four south Indian languages. In Tamil, Vijay's "Thuppakki" leads the nomination race with 10 nods, including best film, best actor (Vijay), best actress (Kajal Aggarwal), best director (AR Murugadoss) and best comedian (Jayaram).
Vijay has been pitted against Dhanush ("3"), Suriya ("Maattrraan"), Vijay Sethupathy ("Pizza") and Vishnu ("Neerparavai"). [For complete nomination list, click here]
In Telugu, Pawan Kalyan's "Gabbar Singh" dominates with 13 nominations which include best actor male (Pawan), best actor female (Shruti Haasan), best director (Harish Shankar), best film and best music director (Devi Sri Prasad).
Mahesh Babu's "Businessman" has taken 11 nominations, whereas critically-acclaimed film "Eega" gets nine nods.
In Kannada, Darshan's "Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna" has received six nominations while Puneet Rajkumar's "Anna Bond" gets 10.
In Malayalam, Fahadh Faasil's "Diamond Necklace" has got eight nominations and Dulquer Salmaan's "Ustad Hotel" received seven. Mohanlal's "Spirit" is nominated in most of the popular categories.
The winners will be decided through public voting.