Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2016: List of nominations

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2016 nominations are out, and we’re all excited to know who has made it to the final list of upcoming awards.

As the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne enters into its fifth year, this time with Women Empowerment as its central theme, it’s double the fun and excitement. The festival that commences on 11th August, will go on till 21st August 2016. The brand ambassador of the Indian Festival of Melbourne is Vidya Balan and the event is sure to the witness attendance of other incredible celebrities who would be gracing the occasion. The 11 day festival presents a world-class program, and is overflowing with gala events, master classes, with India’s leading film figures present, and over 50 films screenings in 17 languages across four Melbourne venues.

With Rishi Kapoor as the Guest of Honour, who will also be graced with the Excellence in Cinema Award, this year will witness some of the best masterclasses by the best in Bollywood, panel discussions, talent competitions, and lots more!

The IFFM announced the nominations for the best achievements in filmmaking throughout 2016. Here’s the list.


* Ranveer Singh: Bajirao Mastani
* Manoj Bajpai: Aligarh
* Shah Rukh Khan: Fan
Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Raman Raghav 2.0


* Sonam Kapoor: Neerja
* Deepika Padukone: Bajirao Mastani
* Radhika Apte: Parched
* Rituparna Sengupta: Rajkahani


* Neerja
* Kapoor & Sons
* Bajirao Mastani
* Raman Raghav 2.0


* Parched: Leena Yadav
* Thithi: Raam Reddy   (Kannada)
* Ottaal: Jayaraaj  (Malayalam)
* Kothanodi: Bhaskar Hazarika
* Angry Indian Goddesses: Pan Nalin


* Sanjay Leela Bhansali: Bajirao Mastani
* Ram Madhvani: Neerja
* Shakun Batra: Kapoor & Sons
* Leena Yadav: Parched
* Raam Reddy: Thithi

Commenting on the same, Festival Director Mitu Bhowmick Lange comments, “We are pleased to announce this year’s nominations. With some of the most amazing works showcased, we have tough competition at the IFFM this year. From Fan to Bajirao Mastani to the indie films, we have the best films in pipeline for this year!”

Sonam Kapoor says, “It’s humbling to see ‘Neerja’, a story about an Indian heroic girl travelling across the world. ‘Neerja’ has been a personal passion project and it’s always great to see a film you have been a part of it being recognised at various platforms. Proud that ‘Neerja’ will now be screened at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne. Hoping it gets as great a reception as it has had so far.”

Additionally, Shakun Batra, director of ‘Kapoor and Sons’ says,”It’s a matter of great pride for us to be nominated at The Melbourne Indian film festival and the fact that it will be the first major film festival to showcase the film, makes it even more special. I’m extremely delighted, curious  and surprisingly nervous at the thought of watching the film with an audience. Eagerly looking forward to our time at the festival.”

Also Read: Rishi Kapoor to be honoured at IFFM