When IIFA royally ignored some of the best films of 2016

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IIFA awards are always the most anticipated awards for their glamour and glory. Since last many years, the awards are held overseas to attract the Bollywood fans from abroad. This year’s week-long celebration of IIFA concluded recently with a grand awards night. Almost everyone from the Bollywood fraternity was present for the festivities of IIFA at New York. By now, everyone has seen the list of the winners of the prestigious awards.


As 2016 was a splendid year for Bollywood, there were many contenders for the awards. There were many films grossing huge numbers on box office, numerous films crafted with finesse and some impeccable performances. At IIFA, some accolades were expected while some came as a surprise; but what caught our attention was how they snubbed some really good films by not even nominating them in any category. Here are those five films which were royally ignored by IIFA.

1. Dangal

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This brilliant Aamir Khan starrer film was completely overlooked by IIFA, even though the actor won the Filmfare award for best actor this year for the same film. The director and the female leads in the film Fatima Sana Sheikh and Sanya Malhotra were also not nominated under any category.

The critics and the box office have equally praised the film with five-star reviews and huge box-office collections across the world. However it seems that IIFA was not affected by any of that.

2. Airlift

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Another film which was totally missed from the list of nominees was Akshay Kumar’s Airlift, which won the actor the National Award for Best Actor. Inspired from a real-life story, Airlift was beautifully made with Akshay performing his best.

The only category in which the film was nominated was the Award for best Female Playback Singer for Tulsi Kumar, who ended up winning it. But that was it!

3. Aligarh

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Manoj Bajpayee’s Aligarh was one more notable omission from IIFA nomination list. The film had a very gripping story, was directed with perfection, and moreover Bajpayee gave one of his best performances which was acclaimed by all. Hansal Mehta also was not acknowledged with a nomination for Best Director.

However, IIFA put the film under only one category of Best Supporting Actor for Rajkumar Rao. Anupam Kher won the trophy for this category for the film M.S. Dhoni- The Untold Story

4. Phobia

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This came as a reminder of the fact that Bollywood awards have always been about the stardom and not the quality of the act. Phobia was Radhika Apte’s film wherein she played the role of a woman suffering from Agoraphobia. She pulled off this challenging role rather intensely which gained her many praises. However IIFA did not include her in the list of nominees for Best Actress.

5. Raman Raghav 2.0

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Anurag Kashyap have always made wonders when they have come to the screens together. Raman Raghav 2.0 was no exception. Nawaz was so effortless on screen as the chilling killer with a multi-layered personality. His performance definitely deserved a spot in the list of Best Actor nominees. IIFA did not nominate him along with the director Kashyap who also should not have been left-out.