After creating box office sensations both Prabhas’s tour de force BAAHUBALI and Mahesh Babu’s super hit SRIMANTHUDU are set to shine at the much awaited First ever International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Utsavam to be held on 4th, 5th and 6th of December, 2015 at Gachibowli Outdoor Stadium, Hyderabad.
The IIFA Utsavam, styled on the lines of Hollywood’s Academy Awards (Oscar Award) is being regarded as one of India’s Magnum Opus Cinema event honoring exclusively South Indian Cinema i.e. the gigantic South Film Industry viz. The Tamil, the Telugu, the Malayalam and the Kannada Film Industry!
It seems the jury will have a tough time as both the films have bagged numerous nominations to be precise BAAHUBALI (Telugu Version) has bagged 14 while SRIMANTHUDU has bagged 11 nominations. The Tamil version of BAAHUBALI is also in the race with 11 nominations!
What is interesting is that both BAAHUBALI and SRIMANTHUDU are having stiff competition in the top 4 popular awards that includes Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Picture and Best Director.
Among Malayalam films, Prithviraj’s ENNU NINTE MOIDEEN got 14 nominations and PREMAM getting 9 nominations. In Kannada Film Industry Krishna LEELA takes the lead with 13 nominations followed by RANGITARANGA with 11 nominations.
The award categories include best film, director, actor, actress, supporting actor, supporting actress, actor in negative role, comedian, lyricist, music director, singer- both male and female.
South Cinema’s ace star Kamal Haasan has applauded the initiative taken by the International Indian Film Academy to help build the outreach of film industries across India. In a statement he said, “It is great to see an endeavour such as IIFA Utsavam to help give our cinema maximum exposure to audiences and media around the world.”