Nikhil Advani's romance KalHo Naa Ho leads the pack of fifthInternational Indian Film Academy (IIFA) nominees with 12 nods including bestpicture, best actor, best actress and best direction.
The nominations wereannounced at the Hyatt Regency in New Delhi, India, on Mar 31. All winners willbe chosen by the public and handed out at the Singapore Indoor Stadium at theculmination of the IIFA weekend in Singapore that runs from May 20-22.
It was also announced thatthe three-day Indian cinema extravaganza will include the world premieres ofMani Ratnam's Hindi drama Yuvastarring Ajay Devgan, Vivek Oberoi, Abhishek Bachchan and Ratnam's Tamilthriller Aayitha Ezhuthu, whichstars Madhavan, Surya, Siddharth and Esha Deol.
"The IIFA Weekend not onlyaffirms our reputation as a choice destination for hosting the most glitzy andglamorous events, it also creates the opportunity for Singapore to forge closeties with India through the entertainment and film industry," Gerald Lee,assistant chief executive of the Singapore Tourism Board, said in a statement.
"We are happy to see agrowing interest among Indian film producers considering Singapore as adestination for shooting their next big hits. We hope this will start the ballrolling for more co-productions between India and Singapore."
Nominations for the fifthSamsung IIFA Awards 2004:
Kal Ho Naa Ho
Koj Mil Gaya
Nikhil Advani Kal Ho NaaHo
Raj Kumar Hirani MunnabhaiM.B.B.S.
Rakesh Roshan Koj MilGaya
Ravi Chopra Baghban
Satish Kaushik Tere Naam
Best actor in a leading role
Amitabh Bachchan Baghban
Hrithik Roshan Koi MilGaya
Salman Khan Tere Naam
Sanjay Dutt MunnabhaiM.B.B.S.
Shah Rukh Khan Kal Ho NaaHo
Best actress in a leading role
Hema Malini Baghban
Preity Zinta Koi Mil Gaya
Preity Zinta Kal Ho NaaHo
Rani Mukherji ChalteChalte
Urmila Matondkar Bhoot
Best actor in a supportingrole
Arshad Warsi MunnabhaiM.B.B.S.
Ashutosh Rana L.O.C.Kargil
Saif Ali Khan Kal Ho NaaHo
Suniel Shetty Qayamat
Yash Tonk Janasheen
Best actress in a supportingrole
Jaya Bachchan Kal Ho NaaHo
Juhi Chawla JhankaarBeats
Maya Alagh L.O.C. Kargil
Rekha Koi Mil Gaya
Shoma Anand Hungama
Best performance in a comicrole
Boman Irani MunnabhaiM.B.B.S.
Paresh Rawal Baghban
Paresh Rawal Hungama
Rajpal Yadav Hungama
Rajpal Yadav Kal Ho NaaHo
Best performance in anegative role
Amrish Puri The Hero -Love Story Of A Spy
Atul Kulkarni Dum
Bipasha Basu Jism
Feroz Khan Janasheen
Yashpal Sharma Gangaajal
Best music direction
Anu Malik MunnabhaiM.B.B.S.
Himesh Reshamiya TereNaam
Rajesh Roshan Koi MilGaya
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Kal HoNaa Ho
Vishal- Shekhar JhankaarBeats
B R Chopra Baghban
J P Datta L.O.C. Kargil
Karan Johar Kal Ho Naa Ho
Rajkumar Hirani MunnabhaiM.B.B.S.
Rakesh Roshan Koi MilGaya
Supran Verma, Siraz Ahmed,Feroz khan Janasheen
Javed Akhtar L.O.C.Kargil (Ek Saathi Aur Bhi Tha)
Javed Akhtar Kal Ho NaaHo (Kal Ho Naa Ho)
Rahat Indori MunnabhaiM.B.B.S. (Dekh Le)
Sameer Baghban (Mein Yahan Tu Wahan)
Sameer Tere Naam (Kyu Kisi Ko)
Best male playback singer
Amitabh Bachchan Baghban (Mein Yahan Tu Wahan)
KK Jhankaar Beats (Tu Aashiqui Hai)
Sonu Niga Kal Ho Naa Ho (Kal Ho Naa Ho)
Udit Narayan Koi Mil Gaya (Koi Mil Gaya)
Udit Narayan Tere Naam (Tere Naam)
Best female playback singer
Alka Yagnik L.O.C. Kargil(Semayen Bulayein)
Alka Yagnik Tere Naam (Odhni)
Alka Yagnik Kal Ho Naa Ho(Kal Ho Naa Ho (SAD))
Shreya Ghoshal Jism (Jaadu Hai Nasha Hai)
Sunidhi Chauhan MunnabhaiM.B.B.S. (Dekh Le)