IFFM 2024 Nominations Unveiled: Jawan, Chandu Champion, 12th Fail to Lead the Pack

This year's nominations reflect commitment to showcasing the best of Indian cinema, both on the big screen and digital platforms.

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (IFFM) 2024 has unveiled its nominations, showcasing a diverse array of films and digital series that highlight the depth and richness of Indian cinema. As the largest Indian film festival held on foreign soil, the IFFM is renowned for its celebration of storytelling, talent, and cultural exchange.

Returning for its 15th edition, the IFFM continues to be a significant event on the international film festival circuit. Supported by the Victorian Government, the festival is scheduled to run from August 15th to August 25th, culminating in a grand gala night on August 16th at Melbourne’s iconic Palais Theatre.

This year’s nominations reflect the festival’s commitment to showcasing the best of Indian cinema, both on the big screen and digital platforms.

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Leading Film Nominations

This year’s film nominations are led by “Jawan,” a high-octane action thriller starring Shah Rukh Khan, and “Chandu Champion,” a gripping sports drama.

Other notable nominees include “12th Fail,” a poignant narrative about the struggles and triumphs of students, “Kaathal,” a tender love story, “Maharaja,” a captivating period drama, and “Laapataa Ladies,” which delves into the lives of missing women in India. These films exemplify the diversity and creativity flourishing in Indian cinema today.

OTT Series Take Centre Stage

In the OTT category, “Made in Heaven 2,” which explores the intricate world of Indian weddings, leads the nominations.

It is joined by “Kohrra,” a gritty crime drama, and “Poacher,” which highlights the dark realities of the illegal wildlife trade. These nominations underscore the rising prominence and quality of digital content in the Indian entertainment landscape.

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Star-Studded Competition

The Best Actor Male category promises to be a closely contested one, with Shah Rukh Khan facing competition from other talented actors such as Vikrant Massey, Fahadh Faasil, Ranveer Singh, Kartik Aaryan, and Mithun Chakraborty.

In the Best Actor Female category, Alia Bhatt is nominated alongside veteran actresses Jyothika and Parvathy Thiruvothu, as well as emerging talents Nitanshi Goel and Pratibha Ranta from “Laapataa Ladies.”

The IFFM’s nominations not only celebrate established stars but also shine a spotlight on new and emerging talents. In the OTT category, series like “Heeramandi,” “Poacher,” and “Made In Heaven Season 2” reflect the festival’s recognition of innovative storytelling and production excellence in the digital realm.

Anticipation Builds for the Gala Night

The excitement is building as the festival approaches its annual gala night on August 16th, when the winners of the prestigious IFFM 2024 Awards will be announced. The event, held at the Palais Theatre, promises to be a glittering evening celebrating the achievements of Indian cinema.

The Indian Film Festival of Melbourne 2024 is poised to be a memorable celebration of cinematic excellence, diversity, and cultural exchange. With a stellar lineup of nominations, this year’s festival reaffirms its position as a premier platform for showcasing the best of Indian cinema to the world.

As anticipation grows, the IFFM continues to inspire and captivate audiences, bridging cultures through the powerful medium of film.

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