Two of Bollywood's biggest names, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan are leading this year's International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards nominations.
The 10th IIFA festival, which begins from May 11 to 13, will be held in Macau, in China. "2009 celebrates a decade of IIFA magic and promises to be yet another enthralling experience to be held at the Venetian Macao," said Amitabh Bachchan, the IIFA brand ambassador while announcing the nominees here.
Shah Rukh Khan has been nominated for his portrayal of the simpleton Surinder Sahni in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi while Aamir got the nod for his acting in the gory revenge drama Ghajini.
Other nominees in the category are Naseeruddin Shah for A Wednesday, Abhishek Bachchan for Dostana, and Hrithik Roshan for Jodhaa Akbar.
Interestingly, Abhishek Bachchan has three nominations this year. Best Actor and Best Comic Actor for Dostana, along with Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Sarkar Raj.
While Ghajini and Jodhaa Akbar have gathered the most nominations with a nod in all the prominent categories including, Best Picture, Direction, Best Actor (Male), Best Actor (Female) and Best Music, other films which have got multiple nominations are A Wednesday, Rock on, Fashion and Race.
The nominees in the Best Film category are A Wednesday, Dostana, Ghajini, Jodhaa Akbar, Race and Rock On.
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra, Bipasha Basu, Katrina Kaif are in the race for the 'Best Actress' title along with newcomer Asin, but Anoushka Sharma who made a much hyped debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan failed to make it to the list.
IIFA's best director list is dominated by debutante directors, including Abhishek Kapoor for Rock On, Neeraj Pandey for A Wednesday, AR Murugadoss for Ghajini while the established names on the list are Madhur Bhandarkar for Fashion and Ashutosh Gowariker for Jodhaa Akbar.Oscar winning musician, AR Rehman has bagged two nominations in the 'Best Music' category for Ghajini and Jodhaa Akbar while other names on the list includes, Pritam for Race, Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy for Rock On and Vishal and Shekhar for Dostana.