It’s the sole awards show in India that honours content-driven and new age cinema, and prides itself on celebrating the unexpected yet brilliant.
Set to take place Tuesday evening, this year’s ceremony is being widely touted as one of the most diverse lineups of nominees unlike awards shows in the past.
The REEL Movie Awards nominations, announced earlier this month, largely mirrored that there was more to Hindi movies than starry cast and fancy budgets. Raazi led the pack with 13 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director for Meghna Gulzar and Best Actor (Female) for Alia Bhatt. Also nominated in Best Film category were Badhaai Ho, Stree, AndhaDhun and Tumbbad.
Meanwhile, in the Best Director category, Rahi Anil Barve (Tumbbad), Sriram Raghavan (AndhaDhun), Amit Sharma (Badhaai Ho), Amar Kaushik (Stree) and Meghna were nominees.
The top acting honours saw Manoj Bajpayee (Gali Guleiyan), Gajraj Rao (Badhaai Ho), Vineet Kumar Singh (Mukkabaaz), Ayushmann Khurrana (AndhaDhun), Vicky Kaushal (Manmarziyaan), Neena Gupta (Badhaai Ho), Tabu (AndhaDhun), Manisha Koirala (Lust Stories), Taapsee Pannu (Manmarziyaan) and Alia receiving nods.
In the two Best Supporting Actor (Male and Female) categories, Surekha Sikri (Badhaai Ho), Rasika Dugal (Manto), Geetanjali Rao (October), Divya Dutta (Blackmail) and Taapsee Pannu (Manmarziyaan) went head to head for Best Supporting Actor (Female), while Pankaj Tripathi (Stree), Sunil Grover (Pataakha), Vicky Kaushal (Raazi), Manoj Pahwa (Mulk) and Jaideep Ahlawat (Raazi) were nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
For Best Song, Daryaa (Amit Trivedi/Manmarziyaan), Dilbaro (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy/Raazi), Ae Watan (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy/Raazi), Naina Da Kya Kasoor (Amit Trivedi/AndhaDhun) and Theher Ja (October/Abhishek Arora) were all nominees.
Cyrus Barocha and Shibani Dandekar will co-host the ceremony, which will be held at JW Marriott in Mumbai.
Alia Bhatt, Pankaj Tripathi, Amit Trivedi, Gajraj Rao, Sriram Raghavan, Konkona Sen, Boman Irani and Dia Mirza among others, are likely to attend the awards ceremony.
Red carpet coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. IST across multiple platforms. The awards ceremony begins at 8 p.m. IST. Viewers can stream the event online on Jio TV and News18.com.
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