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IIFA announces nomination for 2020 to be held in Madhya Pradesh

Gully Boy leads with 14 nominations, followed by Kabir Singh with 8 and Article 15 with 7 nominations respectively

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With the excitement building up ahead of the 21st Edition of NEXA IIFA Weekend & Awards 2020, the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards has announced  11 Popular Category nominations as it is all set to bring its global brand presence to the culturally rich state of Madhya Pradesh, The Heart of Incredible India. IIFA Weekend & Awards 2020, Madhya PradeshIIFA Rocks and IIFA Awards will be held on the 27th – 29th March 2020.

Rounding out the 11 Popular Categories are Best Picture | Direction | Performance in a Leading Role (Female & Male) | Performance in a Supporting Role (Female & Male) | Music Direction |Playback Singer (Male & Female) as Global Voting is now LIVE and open to everyone at

NEXA is the Title Sponsor of IIFA Awards for the 6th consecutive year. Cause Partner| Woosh Washing Expert; Brand Partner:, Official Invitation Partner; Izhaar.

Indian Cinema has had an incredible year with a varied number of truly distinctive films that not only took the box office by storm but were also critically acclaimed fetching rave reviews.

Soaring on a high note, ‘Gully Boy’ leads the way with the highest number of nominations, 14 in total, with ‘Kabir Singh’ trailing close behind with 8 nominations and ‘Article 15’ bagging nominations in 7 categories.

The top picks for Best Picture category are namely ‘Article 15’, ‘Gully Boy’, ‘Kabir Singh’, ‘Kesari’, ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’.

Nominees for the Best Actor in a Leading Role |Female are: Taapsee Pannu for ‘Badla’Kareena Kapoor Khan for ‘Good Newwz’Alia Bhatt for ‘Gully Boy’, Vidya Balan for ‘Mission Mangal’ and Priyanka Chopra Jonas for ‘The Sky Is Pink’.

Conversely, nominees for the Best Actor in a Leading Role | Male are: Ayushmann Khurrana for ‘Article 15’, Ranveer Singh for ‘Gully Boy’, Shahid Kapoor for ‘Kabir Singh’, Hrithik Roshan for ‘Super 30’ and Vicky Kaushal for ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’.

For best Direction, the nominees are; Anubhav Sinha for ‘Article 15’, Sujoy Ghosh for ‘Badla’, Zoya Akhtar for ‘Gully Boy’, Sandeep Reddy Vanga for ‘Kabir Singh’ and Aditya Dhar for ‘Uri: The Surgical Strike’.

The International Indian Film Academy announced the list of winners in the Technical categories of India’s most prominent awards that celebrate the very best of Indian Cinema with the highest level of achievement through the glamorous IIFA statuette.

It’s a tie this year as Gully Boy & War lead the winners list by stepping away with 3 awards in the technical category each. Gully Boy for Best Cinematography (Jay Oza), Best Dialogue (Vijay Maurya), Best Editing (Nitin Baid) and War for Best Choreography (Bosco – Caesar; Tushar Kalia), Best Sound Mixing (Anuj Mathur – YRF Studios; Pritam Das), Special Effects (Visuals) (YFX) (YRF Studios).

Uri: The Surgical Strike wins 2 awards in the technical category: Sound Design (Bishwadeep Dipak Chatterjee), Background Score (Shashwat Sachdev)

Other winners in the Technical category are Anubhav Sinha and Gaurav Solanki wins Best Screenplay, for Article 15.

NEXA IIFA AWARDS 2020 to be hosted by Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and the multi-talented actor Riteish Deshmukh, along with as spectacular line-up of performances by Shah Rukh Khan, Kartik Aaryan, Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Jacqueline Fernandez.

Mr Shashank Srivastava, Executive Director, Marketing and Sales, Maruti Suzuki India said, “The automotive industry has moved beyond ‘Retail Experiences’. From innovations to hospitality, the entire journey has become more evolved and indulgent. NEXA’s association with the IIFA awards is a wonderful testament to that fact. We are happy to take our relationship with IIFA into its sixth year. We are inspired by the fact that our association brings us a step closer to our new-age customers who seek global experiences in their everyday lives. NEXA is as much about innovative technology, as it is about global design, sophisticated lifestyle and entertainment. In a short span we have touched a million hearts and in order to mark the splendid achievement of inspiring a million customers, NEXA has come up with an innovative project called the “ONE MILLION PIXEL ART”.

Commenting on the occasion, Shah Rukh Khan, said, “It is always a pleasure to be a part of Wizcraft and IIFA. I am delighted to partake and contribute to the biggest celebration of Indian Cinema in the heartland of India. Looking forward to a great experience and sharing the stage with my fellow industry members and fans who are all coming from various parts of India to celebrate cinema in the heart of Incredible India, Indore and Madhya Pradesh.”

Speaking on the occasion, Kareena Kapoor Khan, said, “It’s a great feeling to be a part of IIFA again, I’m very excited and look forward to my performance at such a global platform that not only gives the Indian film fraternity an opportunity to reach audiences in international territories but also brings together the greatest players of the entertainment business to celebrate Indian cinema. And I am excited to visit the culturally rich state for a memorable experience.”

Speaking on the occasion, Kartik Aaryan added saying, “I’m really excited for the NEXA IIFA Awards this year. Especially because it’s being hosted in my home state, Madhya Pradesh and will be held in Indore. I’m looking forward to perform at IIFA as it truly gives an artiste the biggest audience to entertain with your performance.”

Featuring the best of Music and FashionIIFA Rocks will feature a power-packed musical extravaganza by Music Maestro A. R. Rahman, singing sensation Arijit Singh, along with a stellar line-up of musicians; Sachin-Jigar, Jonita Gandhi, Shalmali Kholgade, Benny Dayal, Ash King, Divya Kumar & Jubin Nautiyal; Tanishk Bagchi’s performance would feature Asees Kaur, Nikhita Gandhi, Romy & Amit Mishra; Neeti, Shakti & Mukti Mohan.

Commenting on the occasion, A. R. Rahman, “My team and I are excited to perform the music of “99 Songs” at this year’s edition of IIFA awards. We are excited to join the celebrations and share our love with you. “99 Songs” is an ode to every artist around the world and it’s most befitting to present this journey in front our distinguished fraternity.”

NEXA is the Presenting Partner of the NEXA IIFA Awards 2020 and extends its partnership for the sixth consecutive edition and would build excitement around #IIFA2020MP across its network in India.

Mr. S. R. Mohanty, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Madhya Pradesh, said“We are grateful to IIFA and to Mr. Salman Khan that they exceeded to the request of our Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Kamal Nath, to bring IIFA to Indore, Madhya Pradesh – The heart of India. And this would definitely raise the profile and destination endorsement will ensure that Madhya Pradesh improves in the field not only economically but in the field of tourism as well.”

Commenting on the occasion, Andre Timmins, Co-Founder-Director- Wizcraft International, said, “We are extremely humbled by the astounding welcome the heart of Incredible India has given IIFA to celebrate its 21st edition, and for another successful stop in the IIFA journey. IIFA has always been at the forefront in promoting Indian cinema in various facets and has always endeavoured to act in the best interest of the Indian Film Industry by building better avenues for community engagement, cultural exchange, business and trade, tourism and cinema ties. Having launched the concept of ‘greening the IIFA’s’ by switching to bright green carpets instead of traditional red ones, planting trees and partnering with United Nations and multiple charity organizations to make a difference to our home, our world, IIFA has always been advocating the environmental agenda. We are glad to keep the magic of IIFA alive and we are honoured to host our 21st journey in one of the cleanest cities in India. I would like to thank Shri Kamal Nath, Hon’ble Chief Minister M.P. and MP Tourism for welcoming IIFA to their homes with open arms and commitment.”

Mr. Harsh Jain, Director at Woosh Washing Expert, says, “We take immense pleasure and pride in announcing our partnership with IIFA for the 4th consecutive year as a Cause Partner supporting the cause of “Barabari Ghar Se Shuru – Equality Begins At Home”.

Mr. Nishant Pitti – CEO & Co-Founder –, said “I am really pleased to be part of this beautiful event and it’s a thing of honour for me to address you all. I must be in my adolescence when IIFA started and I used to love it since then. It happened to be really exciting to see the creative and most beautiful people of India on a single platform. And today, I am addressing you guys from here. However, IIFA attracts me today not only for its glamour but its involvement in good work and charity as well. It is one of the most celebrated events of Bollywood and since EaseMyTrip has always been keen on its association with show business, I believe it will bring something really exciting and entertaining for us. By associating with IIFA for the 4th times consequently, I am sure EaseMyTrip will make its bond with the entertainment world stronger.”


CINTAA Sr VP Manoj Joshi meets Maharashtra Governor to represent senior actor issues

As per Covid guidelines, senior actors above the age of 65 are not allowed to shoot

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CINTAA’s Senior Vice President, actor Manoj Joshi met with the Honorable Governor of Maharashtra Shri Bhagat Singh Koshyari today. They discussed the issue of senior actors, above the age of 65, not being allowed to shoot. The Honorable Governor assured of necessary co-operation.

The meeting was a dual purpose meeting, reveals Manoj Joshi. The Honourable Governor who has witnessed the freedom struggle wrote an essay on Mahatma Gandhi, participating in the competition organised by the Postal Department as a common man. When he won the competition, he added three times the amount to the prize money and gave the same to the post office employees for protection against COVID19.

“I had been to his place to congratulate him on this amazing  gesture as well as honour him with a shawl along with State BJP Secretary and  Vice-Chairman, of Maharashtra Film, Stage & Cultural Development Corporation Ltd (MFSCDCL) Amarjeet  Mishra who presented The Hon Governor with an idol of Vithoba and Rukmini.”

Manoj Joshi then briefed the Hon Governor on CINTAA, its history, its members, on the senior citizens who are members of CINTAA on whom their family depends for livelihood, and that they already have had no work for three months. He elaborated that the number of working seniors was not very large, but apart from that, there are continuity issues and producers can not replace them. “The Hon Governor gave us a patient ear. It was a good 40 minute meeting. He was very positive and assured that he would help us in the best way possible. He had received the letter from CINTAA that we had sent  him,” elaborates Joshi.

CINTAA had also sent letters to the Hon CM Uddhav Thackeray,  Hon Minister Subash Desai and Former Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis besides the Hon Governor. “We are glad the meeting with the Hon Governor  was an eventful one and are hopeful that the outcome would be a positive one. The meeting was indeed reassuring.”

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Orlando Bloom’s Retaliation that has a massive Indian connect is all set to release in the US on July 24

India release yet to be decided for the movie about sexual abuse within a church

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Starring  Orlando Bloom as ‘Malky’,  Retaliation is a gritty revenge drama which features him as a demolition worker.

The film directed by the acclaimed Shammasian brothers has been produced by the noted Indian producer Sheetal Talwar’s Vistaar Film Fund along with TeaShop & Film Company and also marks collaboration with Zee Studios International as co-producer.

Speaking about the film’s release in the US, Talwar says, ” Retaliation is a very special journey for us. The film is so relevant today and Orlando has done a fantastic job as expected from an actor of his caliber.”

Talking about the release in India, Talwar adds, “We are waiting to see when theatres open here in India and a decision about the release would be taken post that. In an ideal scenario, we would like a theatrical release though.”

Amit Goenka, CEO – International Broadcast Business and ZEE5 Global, says, “We at ZEE are happy to back this project and hope that fans of Orlando Bloom enjoy him stepping into a different role”.

Retaliation is directed by The Shammasian Brothers — Paul and Ludwig, co-produced by Zee Studios International and executive produced by National award winning filmmaker Bhavna Talwar and renowned industry professional Bimal Parekh.

As the film’s trailer indicates, the narrative deals with a very relevant subject of sexual abuse within a church that has been widely spoken as many allegations, investigations and trials have surfaced in recent times.

While the film has also been much talked about for superlative performances, Bloom’s co-star Anne Reid won a prize for Best Performance in a British Feature at Edinburgh Film Festival.

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‘Bellbottom’ to be the first film to commence shooting after the lockdown

The action thriller stars Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Lara Dutta

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‘Bellbottom’ Brings Bollywood Back to Business

As the lockdown in the country and across the globe is easing, the filmmakers of the high-end espionage film ‘Bellbottom’ are ready to take their script on floors. The much-anticipated thriller starring Akshay Kumar, Vaani Kapoor, Huma Qureshi and Lara Dutta is the first film to commence shooting after the long lockdown. The schedule of the movie begins one month from now, the entire team of ‘Bellbottom’ will be heading to the UK for the same.

Over the past few months the film industry has come to a halt, whether in India or outside. As parts of the world are showing signs of recovery from the virus, the need of the hour is to adapt and evolve with the times.

Keeping the new normal in mind, a thorough precautionary plan for the shoot has been laid down by the filmmakers. The film’s shoot not only gets the artists back on the sets but also all the people involved in the process of film-making. ‘Bellbottom’ resuming work is a step forward to normalise the current working situation in Bollywood and indeed bringing the industry back to business.

Sharing his thoughts on starting the shoot for the film, actor Akshay Kumar says, “We are glad to be able to start shooting for Bellbottom after the long lockdown. The team has made special plans and taken precautions keeping the current situation in mind. I am looking forward to the industry to begin doing what it does best and entertain the audiences again.”

Producer Jackky Bhagnani adds, “There are a number of people dependent on the film industry starting up again. We wanted Bellbottom to take shape the best way possible, but at the same time keeping the safety of the crew as our top priority. All our activities will be minutely monitored to make sure no one is at risk and we’re following all the issued guidelines. The cast and crew are on board and offering full cooperation. It’s time!”

Director Ranjit M Tewari who too is eagerly waiting to start the shoot shares, “I am immensely thankful and happy to start filming. Even during such trying times, we strive to give our best and make this film a success.”

Pooja Entertainment presents in association with Emmay Entertainment ‘Bellbottom’ Produced by Vashu Bhagnani, Jackky Bhagnani, Deepshikha Deshmukh, Monisha Advani, Madhu Bhojwani and Nikkhil Advani. Bellbottom written by Aseem Arrora & Parveez Shaikh is set to release on 2nd April 2021.

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