The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) has announced nominations for 2018 edition and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Padmaavat and Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanju have got five nominations each.

Taking place from 10-22 August under the unifying theme of ‘Inclusion’, this year’s Festival offers all Australians the opportunity to explore the richness and diversity of contemporary Indian cinema, from Bollywood box-office hits. The festival will host over 60 films in 22 languages this year.

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This year’s competition section also portrays the diversity of Indian cinema proudly. The jury members will choose between 6 categories. The categories are Best Film, Best Indie Film, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Supporting Role and Best Director. The nominations under each category have been given below.

In the Best Film Category,  films that have been nominated include Padman, Hichki, Padmaavat, Sanju, Secret Superstar, Raazi, Mahanati, and Rangasthalam. 

In Best Indie Film Category films that have been nominated are In the Shadows, Village Rockstars, Balekempa Up, Down and Sideways (Documentary), Murakshi, Garbage, Sir and Love Sonia.

In the Best Actor (Male) category, Ranbir Kapoor leads the list for Sanju. Varun Dhawan (October), Ranveer Singh (Padmaavat), Akshay Kumar (Padman), Manoj Bajpayee (In the Shadows), Fahadh Faasil (The Exhibit and the Eyewitness), Soumitra Chaterjee (Mayurakshi) and Shahid Kapoor (Padmaavat).

For Best Actress award, Rani Mukherjee for Hichki, Vidya Balan for Tumhari Sulu, Deepika Padukone for Padmaavat, Alia Bhatt for Raazi, Bhanita Das for Village Rockstars, Keerthy Suresh for Mahanati, Tillotama Shome for Sir and Zaira Wasim for Secret Superstar have been nominated.

Best supporting performance has Vicky Kaushal (Sanju), Ranvir Shorey (In the Shadows), Samantha Akkineni (Mahanati), Richa Chadha (Love Sonia), Freida Pinto (Love Sonia), Trimala Adhikari (Garbage) and Meher Vij (Secret Superstar).

The best director nominees are Rajkumar Hirani for Sanju, Shoojit Sircar for October, R Balki for Padman, Siddharth P Malhotra for Hichki, Advait Chandan for Secret Superstar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Padmaavat,  Rima Das for Village Rockstars, Dipesh Jain for In the Shadows, Ere Gowda for Balekempa, Suresh Triveni For Tumhari Sulu, Meghna Gulzar For Raazi, Tabrez Noorani for Love Sonia and Rohena Gera for Sir.
Films like Konkona Sharma’s Death in the Gunj, Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick under my Burkha, Shakun Batra’s Kapoor and Sons, Vikramaditya Motwane’s Trapped, Nitesh Tiwari’s Dangal, M Manikandan’s Kaaka Muttai, Vishal Bharadwaj’s Haider and Rahul Bose’s Poorna have all been winners at the IFFM Awards.