Madhur feels awards have been unjust to him

Apr 30, 2009 Subhash K Jha

Mumbai, April 30 (IANS) Madhur Bhandarkar, who has been nominated in the best director category for "Fashion" in the International Indian Film Academy awards 2009, is wondering why the film itself is missing from the best picture list.

"They've done this to me before. My films have been denied popular awards right from 'Chandni Bar'. So I'm neither hurt nor amused. I just wonder what it means," Bhandarkar, who made critically acclaimed films like "Page 3" and "Corporate", told IANS.

All the other directors, who are nominated in the best director category, have their films in the best picture category.

"If I'm one of the best directors of the year, isn't my product automatically among the best films? But I'm sure they've their own rationale and I'm the last person to question it. Right now I'm too drained out shooting 'Jail' in the heat of Karjat," said Bhandarkar.

"Jail", starring Neil Nitin Mukesh in lead role, is being shot in the sun and members of the unit are suffering from dehydration.

"We've a doctor on standby throughout the shooting. Anyone can suffer from sunstroke or dehydration any time. And after all this effort 'Jail' too may be snubbed at the popular awards. But I'm not complaining. I've the audience and critics with me. And my films get the National Award. To me, that's the highest honour. I just hope Neil gets the National Award for 'Jail'. The rest will be a bonus."

IIFA nomination list:

Best Picture

"A Wednesday"



"Jodhaa Akbar"


"Rock On!"


A.R. Murugadoss - "Ghajini"

Madhur Bhandarkar - "Fashion"

Abhishek Kapoor - "Rock On!"

Ashutosh Gowariker - "Jodhaa Akbar"

Neeraj Pandey - "A Wednesday"

Performance in a leading role (male)

Aamir Khan - "Ghajini"

Abhishek Bachchan - "Dostana"

Hrithik Roshan - "Jodhaa Akbar"

Naseeruddin Shah - "A Wednesday"

Shah Rukh Khan - "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi"

Performance in a leading role (Female)

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan - "Jodhaa Akbar"

Asin - "Ghajini"

Bipasha Basu - "Race"

Katrina Kaif - "Singh Is Kinng"

Priyanka Chopra - "Fashion"

Performance in a supporting role (Male)

Abhishek Bachchan - "Sarkar Raj"

Arjun Rampal - "Rock On!"

Irrfan Khan - "Mumbai Meri Jaan"

Sonu Sood - "Jodhaa Akbar"

Vinay Pathak - "Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi"

Performance in a supporting role (Female)

Bipasha Basu - "Bachna Ae Haseeno"

Ila Arun - "Jodhaa Akbar"

Kangana Ranaut - "Fashion"

Kirron Kher - "Dostana"

Shahana Goswami - "Rock On!"

Performance in a comic role

Abhishek Bachchan - "Dostana"

Anil Kapoor - "Race"

Rajpal Yadav - "Bhoothnath"

Shreyas Talpade - "Welcome To Sajjanpur"

Tejpal Singh - "Jodhaa Akbar"

Tusshar Kapoor - "Golmaal Returns"

Performance in negative role

Akshaye Khanna - "Race"

Imran Khan - "Kidnap"

Paresh Rawal - "Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!"

Pradeep Rawat - "Ghajini"

Visswa Badola - "Jodhaa Akbar"

Music Direction

A.R. Rahman - "Ghajini"

A.R. Rahman - "Jodhaa Akbar"

Pritam Chakraborty - "Race"

Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy - "Rock On!"

Vishal Shekhar - "Dostana"

Best Story

Abhishek Kapoor - "Rock On!"

Haidar Ali - "Jodhaa Akbar"

Madhur Bhandarkar, Anuradha Tewari and Ajay Monga - "Fashion"

Neeraj Pandey - "A Wednesday"

Shiraz Ahmed - "Race"


Anvita Dutt Guptan - "Khuda jaane" ("Bachna Ae Haseeno")

Jaideep Sahni - "Haule, haule" ("Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi")

Javed Akhtar - "Jashan-e-Baharaa" ("Jodhaa Akbar")

Javed Akhtar - "Socha hai" (Rock On!)

Sameer - "Pehli nazar mein" - ("Race")

Playback Singer (Male)

Atif Aslam - "Pehli nazar mein" ("Race")

Farhan Akhtar - "Socha hai" ("Rock On!")

Javed Ali - "Jashan-e-Baharaa" ("Jodhaa Akbar")

KK - "Khuda Jaane" ("Bachna Ae Haseeno")

Sukhwinder Singh - "Haule, haule" ("Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi")

Playback Singer (Female)

Bela Shinde - "Man mohana" ("Jodhaa Akbar")

Monali - "Zara, zara touch me" ("Race")

Shilpa Rao - "Khuda jaane" ("Bachna Ae Haseeno")

Shreya Ghoshal- "Teri ore" ("Singh Is Kinng")

Sunidhi Chauhan - "Desi Girl" ("Dostana") Click the Movie button below for more info:


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