The team of the 18th International Indian Film Academy Awards (IIFA) have said that they did not receive an official entry for any of the categories from the producers of the Aamir Khan film, Dangal.
Indian Express quotes Andre Timmins of Wizcraft Productions and the organisers of IIFA, saying, “So basically, in IIFA, forms are sent to various production houses. They fill those forms up and send it back to us. Those forms are then put out to the industry for voting and from there it becomes a nomination. So, Dangal has not sent their entry in. We would love Dangal to be a part of it. I think it’s a movie that’s broken all records. We love Aamir Khan and the two little girls. They did a great job. But unfortunately, they didn’t send their entry in. We feel sad.”
The IIFA is currently under heavy criticism for its tasteless comments on nepotism, and for not having film industry heavyweights Aamir Khan or Akshay Kumar and their films in the lineup.
CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani also criticised the IIFA organisers for ignoring films like Dangal and Rustom, and called it “an international farce”.