Alia Bhatt's two blockbusters of the year 2022 -Gangubai Kathiawadi and Brahmastra Part One: Shiva lead the nominations for the upcoming IIFA Awards.
The organisers of the IIFA Awards announced on Monday that the event will take place on 9, 10, and 11 February 2023 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
"Gangubai Kathiawadi" received eight nods, including Best Actor (Female) for Alia Bhatt, Best Picture, and Best Director for Sanjay Leela Bhansali.
The film, adapted from one of the chapters of noted author Hussain Zaidi's book, Mafia Queens of Mumbai, is nominated in best supporting actor (male) for Vijay Raaz, best playback singer (female), best story and best lyrics as well.
Alia Bhatt's "Brahmastra Part One: Shiva", co-starring her actor-husband Ranbir Kapoor, will be qualifying for awards in Best Director and Best Supporting Actor (both male and female).
The other contenders for best picture trophy are - Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2, Darlings, Drishyam 2 and Vikram Vedha.
In the best director race, Bhansali and Ayan Mukerji of Brahmastra fame are joined by Anees Bazmee (Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2), Jasmeet K Reen (Darlings) and Vasan Bala (Monica O My Darling)
Alia Bhatt has an additional nomination in the best actor (female) category for her performance in Darlings, which marked her debut as a producer.
She faces a competition from Darlings co-star Shefali Shah as well as Yami Gautam Dhar (A Thursday) and Tabu (Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2).
Kartik Aaryan is nominated in the best actor (male) along with Hrithik Roshan (Vikram Vedha), Abhishek Bachchan (Dasvi), Ajay Devgn (Drishyam 2), Rajkummar Rao (Monica O My Darling) and Anupam Kher (The Kashmir Files).