Aamir Khan is known for giving a miss to award shows. Now, Khan’s highly successful sports drama Dangal was not even sent to 18th IIFA Weekend and Awards, as per an IANS report. Dangal did not only receive tremendous accolades in India but also set new benchmark in China box office. 18th IIFA award show has already received flak over nepotism controversy involving Saif Ali Khan, Varun Dhawan and Karan Johar as they mocked Kangana Ranaut on the stage and this has added to it. In their reaction, the organisers of IIFA have issued a statement saying that the makers of Dangal did not send in their entry. The event was held in New York last week.
“We would love Dangal to be a part of it. I think it’s a movie that’s broken all records. We love Aamir Khan and the two little girls. They did a great job. But unfortunately, they didn’t send their entry in. We feel sad,” said Andre Timmins, Director of Wizcraft International. “So basically, in IIFA, forms are sent to various production houses. They fill those forms up and send it back to us. Those forms are then put out to the industry for voting and from there it becomes a nomination,” the IIFA said in a statement.
Dangal performed excellently at the box office and created new records for Indian cinema in China. Aamir, who features in the lead, is known to avoid Bollywood award functions. The film, directed by Nitesh Tiwari is a biopic sports-drama about the Mahavir Phogat and his two daughters – Geeta Phogat (Fatima Sana Shaikh), Babita Kumari (Sanya Malhotra).
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It was a big night for Shahid Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, who took home the top acting honours for their roles in drugs-themed drama “Udta Punjab” at the 18th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards, which saw “Neerja” being named the best picture. The best direction award went to Aniruddha Roy Chowdhury for his much-acclaimed film “Pink”, a female-centric court room drama. Music maestro AR Rahman was honoured with a special award for completing 25 years in the industry.
Unlike previous editions, no international stars were part of the IIFA celebrations this year, a PTI report said.