Five vie for Bollywood honors

Intl. Indian Film Academy announce nominees

HONG KONG — Five Bollywood pics will slug it out in both the film and helmer categories at the Intl. Indian Film Academy awards, one of the biggest kudos shows in the Bollywood calendar.

Contenders in both are Anurag Basu’s “Life in a… Metro,” Imtiaz Ali’s “Jab We Met,” Mani Ratnam’s “Guru,” Shimit Amin’s “Chak de India” and David Dhawan’s “Partner.”

“Om shanti om” will vie for best picture, but helmer Farah Khan missed the cut in the director category. That slot was taken by Priyadarshan for “Bhool bhulaiyaa.”

Surprise omission for film kudos is “Taare zameen par” (Every Child Counts), the directorial debut of Aamir Khan, which was a big hit at the end of 2007. Organizers said the movie’s producers did not submit the required paperwork.

The nominees for leading actor are Abhishek Bachchan for “Guru,” Akshay Kumar for “Bhool bhulaiyaa,” Salman Khan for “Partner,” Shah Rukh Khan for “Chak de India” and Shahid Kapoor for “Jab We Met.”

Drawing mentions for leading actress are Aishwarya Rai for “Guru,” Deepika Padukone for “Om shanti om,” Kareena Kapoor for “Jab We Met,” Tabu for “Cheeni kum” and Vidya Balan for “Bhool bhulaiyaa.”

Nominations in 13 categories were announced Wednesday by superstar Amitabh Bachchan on behalf of Idea-IIFA in New Delhi. Winners are decided by the public, with voting online.

The event, which moves around the world, will be held in Bangkok as the highlight of a weekend spectacle running June 6-8.

Show is broadcast in India by Star TV and is reported to have a global aud exceeding 500 million.

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