Lagaan, the epic Indian film which has beennominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, goes head to headwith Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (Sometimes Happiness, Sometimes Sorrow), the most expensive film in Indian filmhistory also known as K3G, in the nominations for the third annual Electrolux KelvinatorInternational Indian Film Academy Awards which will be held in Malaysia onApril 6.
The nominationswere announced yesterday at a press conference in India. They were voted on byprofessionals from the film industry who came in to cast their votes at a hotelin Juhu on Feb 23 and 24. These votes were then collated and summarized byPricewaterhouseCoopers, which audits the awards.
The awards,which will now be open to public voting at www.msn.co.in/iifa,were first staged three years ago in the UK as a salute to the Indian filmindustry and in an effort to expand its influence the sub-continent. AfterLondon, the show moved to Sun City, South Africa, last year and will this yearbe held at the Genting Highlands resort near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The hostcountries are selected based on the their resident Indian populations and theinterest they have shown in Indian cinema.
Chief patron of IIFA is Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchanwho said: "These awards are an important step in globalizing Indiancinema. By going to new markets each year, we are able to showcase our talentand honour our best performances, while at the same time help build a strongbridge between India and the world."
The awards alsooffer an opportunity to world premiere an eagerly awaited new Hindi film. Lastyear Lagaan made itsbow at the IIFA awards and this year the film screened will be Aankhen which stars Bachchan himself.
KEY CATEGORIESIN THE INDIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS
Gadar -Ek Prem Gham
Kabhi KhushiKabhi Gham
Anil Sharma Gadar- Ek Prem Gham
Farhan Akhtar DilChahta Hai
Karan Johar KabhiKhushi Kabhi Gham
MadhurBhandarkar Chandni Bar
BEST ACTOR IN ALEADING ROLE
Aamir Khan DilChahta Hai
Aamir Khan Lagaan
Amitabh BachchanAks - The Reflection
Shah Rukh Khan KabhiKhushi Kabhi Gham
Sunny Deol Gadar- Ek Prem Katha
BEST ACTRESS INA LEADING ROLE
Amisha Patel Gadar- Ek Prem Katha
Gracy Singh Lagaan
Kajol KabhiKhushi Kabhi Gham
Preity Zinta DilChahta Hai
BEST ACTOR INA SUPPORTING ROLE
Akshaye Khanna DilChahta Hai
Amitabh BachchanKabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
Hrithik Roshan KabhiKhushi Kabhi Gham