IIFA Nominations 2018: Tumhari Sulu Leads With 7 Nods, Newton Follows

Vidya Balan plays the protagonist in Tumhari Sulu (Vidya Balan))

The Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards nominations for this year are here and guess who took the top spot with most nominations? The correct answer is Vidya Balan’s Tumhari Sulu. The film scored nominations in seven categories as it fetched nominations for both Vidya Balan and filmmaker Suresh Triveni in the Best Actor (Female) and Best Direction categories respectively. Tumhari Sulu has also been nominated in the following categories – Best Film, Best Story, Best Performance In A Supporting Role (both Male and Female) and Best Music Direction. With the second highest number of nominations, Newton is a close contender and can beat Tumhari Sulu in the Best Film category.

In the Best Film category, Tumhari Sulu and Newton will compete with movies like Bareilly Ki Barfi, Hindi Medium and Toilet – Ek Prem Katha. Irrfan Khan, who is currently under treatment in London, has also been nominated in the Best Actor (male) category along with Rajkummar Rao. Akshay Kumar, Ranbir Kapoor and Adil Hussain are also fellow contenders.

Sridevi’s MOM, which fetched the late actress her first ever National Award posthumously, has also scored a nomination for her in the Best Actor (Female) category. Sridevi was honoured with the Best Actress National Award this year, which was received by her daughters Janhvi and Khushi and husband Boney Kapoor. Other contenders include Alia Bhatt, Zaira Wasim and Bhumi Pednekar.

Here’s the full list of nominations:

Best Film

Bareilly Ki Barfi
hindi medium
Toilet – Ek Prem Katha
Tumhari Sulu

Best Director

Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari, Bareilly Ki Barfi
Saket Chaudhary, Hindi Medium
Anurag Basu, Jagga Jasoos
Amit V Masurkar, Newton
Suresh Triveni, Tumhari Sulu

Best Actor (Female)

Alia Bhatt, Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Sridevi, Mom
Zaira Wasim, Secret Superstar
Bhumi Pednekar, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
Vidya Balan, Tumhari Sulu

Best Actor (Male)

Irrfan Khan, Hindi Medium
Ranbir Kapoor, Jagga Jasoos
Adil Hussain, Mukti Bhawan
Rajkummar Rao, Newton
Akshay Kumar, Toilet – Ek Prem Katha

Best Actor In Supporting Role (Female)

Seema Pahwa, Bareilly Ki Barfi
Tabu, Golmaal Again
Meher Vij, Secret Superstar
Seema Pahwa, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan
Neha Dhupia, Tumhari Sulu

Best Actor In Supporting Role (Male)

Rajkummar Rao, Bareilly Ki Barfi
Deepak Dobriyal, Hindi Medium
Nawazzuddin Siddiqui, Mom
Pankaj Tripathi, Newton
Vijay Maurya, Tumhari Sulu

Best Story

Amit V Masurkar, Newton
Siddharth-Garima , Toilet – Ek Prem Katha
Suresh Triveni, Tumhari Sulu

Best Music Direction

Amaal Mallik, Tanishk Bagchi, Akhil Sachdeva, Badrinath Ki Dulhania
Pritam, Jagga Jasoos
Tanishk Bagchi, Guru Randhawa-Rajat
Nagpal, Amartya Rahut, Santanu Ghatak, Tumhari Sulu

Best Background Score

Pritam, Jagga Jasoos

Best Screeenplay

Nitesh Tiwari, Shreyas Jain, Bareilly Ki Barfi

Best Dialogues

Hitesh Kewalya, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan

Best Choreography

Vijay Ganguly and Ruel Dausan Varindani, Galti Se Mistake (Jagga Jasoos)

Best Cinematography

Marcin Laskawiec, Usc, Tiger Zinda Hai

Best Editing

Shweta Venkat Mathew, Newton

Best Lyrics

Nusrat Fateh Ali, A1 Melody Fana and Manoj Muntashir, Mere Rashke Qamar (Baadshaho)

Best Playback Singer (Female)

Meghna Mishra, Main Kaun Hoon (Secret Superstar)

Best Playback Singer (Male)

Arijit Singh, Hawayein (Jab Harry Met Sejal)

Best Sound Design

Dileep Subramaniam and Ganesh Gangadharan (YRF Studios), Tiger Zinda Ha

Best Special Effects


The 19th edition of the IIFA Awards will be held in Bangkok’s Siam Niramit Theatre on June 22 and June 24. Global voting for the awards went live from Tuesday.


‘Tumhari Sulu’ on 17th  November 2017 at Major Cineplex Sukhumvit, Rama 3 & Pattaya

Tumhari Sulu is an upcoming Indian comedy-drama film, directed by the Suresh Triveni and produced under the banners of T-Series and Ellipsis Entertainment.

Balan (Sulochana a.k.a. Sulu) essays the role of a night radio jockey in Mumbai. The film stars Manav Kaul as Vidya Balan’s husband, Neha Dhupia as Vidya’s Boss, and renowned RJ, Malishka, as Albeli Anjali. Tumhari Sulu will release worldwide on 17 November 201.


Hindi तुम्हारी सुलु
Directed by Suresh Triveni

Produced by Bhushan Kumar
Tanuj Garg Atul Kasbekar
Shanti Sivaram Maini

Written by
Suresh triveni

Vidya Balan
Neha Dhupia
Manav Kaul

Music by
Guru Randhawa
Rajat Nagpal
Tanishk Bagchi
Amartya Rahut
Karan Kulkarni(background score)

Saurabh goswami

Edited by
Shivkumar Panicker

Production company
Ellipsis Entetainment

Distributed by

Release date
17 November 2017[1]

Kahaani 2’s first review is out with a hundred praises and zero spoilers

The first review of Vidya Balan starrer Kahaani 2 – Durga Rani Singh


Kahaani 2 is just hours aways from its release in India, and we are so excited. But the suspense thriller starring Vidya Balan has already hit the theaters in UAE, and the first review is out. Thankfully, the writer doesn’t give out any spoiler about the film, and still manages to shower Kahaani 2 – Durga Rani Singh with the best praises. Vidya Balan’s engaging acting has been lauded the most.

The story of Kahaani 2 – Durga Rani Singh revolves around a mother trying to find her kidnapped daughter, and she is also facing charges of impersonation, kidnapping and murder. The character is played by Vidya Balan. Arjun Rampal plays a cop who finds an injured Vidya after a hit and run, and investigates about her life. Film’s review in Gulfnews says about Vidya- “Her fear, her angst and her protectiveness towards her daughter is beautifully captured. While there’s no doubt in a viewer’s mind about her innocence, it’s wonderful that Balan has the charisma and the gravitas to keep everyone hooked until the last second.” Also Read: Arjun Rampal leaves his Kahaani 2 co-star Vidya Balan red faced – watch video!

Writer also adds that Kahaani 2 is “one of the rare films that tackle a sensitive subject with gumption and grace,”

The review that gives the film 4 stars out of 5, concludes by praising the director Sujoy Ghosh.

“Watch out for director Ghosh’s finesse in bringing out the middle-class milieu of West Bengal.”

We will wait for the weekend here in India to see if this second film in the Feluda-ish series is going to have the same impact as the first one that came out in 2012. We hope this Kahaani also is able to draw in just as many audiences as its predecessor. And if this review in Gulfnews is anything to go by, Kahaani 2 – Durga Rani Singh is just as good as the first.

‘Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh’ releasing on 2nd December 2016 at Major Cineplex Sukhumvit, Rama 3 & Pattaya


Kahaani 2: Durga Rani Singh is an upcoming 2016 Indian thriller film directed by Sujoy Ghosh and produced by Ghosh and Jayantilal Gada. It features Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal in lead roles. It is not a sequel of the 2012 film Kahaani but next installment from same brand. Principal photography took place from March 2016 to May 2016. The film is scheduled for release on 2 December 2016.

Directed by : Sujoy Ghosh
Produced by : Sujoy Ghosh, Jayantilal Gada
Written by :  Sujoy Ghosh, Ritesh Shah (dialogues)
Story by :  Sujoy Ghosh,
Suresh Nair
Starring : Vidya Balan,  Arjun Rampal
Music by
Clinton Cerejo
Tapan Basu
Production company
Boundscript Motion Pictures
Pen India Limited
Release dates
2 December 2016[1]
Running time
119 minutes[2]

Durga Rani Singh, is ‘Wanted’ for murder & kidnapping. Want to know her Kahaani? Watch the official trailer here.

Starring Vidya Balan & Arjun Rampal, Jayantilal Gada (pen) presents “Kahaani 2”, directed by Sujoy Ghosh. Produced by Sujoy Ghosh, Kushal Kantilal Gada, Dhaval Jayantilal Gada & Aksshay Jayantilal Gada and co-produced by Reshmaa Kadakia & Suresh Nair, the film is slated to release on December 2nd, 2016.

TE3N Movie Review, Releasing at Major Cineplex Sukhumvit, Rama 3 Pattaya & ‎Maesot‬

Set in the by-lanes of Kolkata, Ribhu Dasgupta’s TE3N, starring Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vidya Balan, is in theatres today. Here’s our review.


Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui and Vidya Balan’s TE3N is this week’s big Bollywood release. Will the Ribhu Dasgupta film make the cut? Here’s our review.

Cast: Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vidya Balan, Padmavati Rao, Sabyasachi Chakrabarty
Direction: Ribhu Dasgupta
Ratings:4 Star Rating: Recommended4 Star Rating: Recommended4 Star Rating: Recommended4 Star Rating: Recommended (4/5)

A paraplegic old woman quibbling with her 70-something husband as the Rabindra Sangeet Amar Bela Je Jaaye plays in the background. The familiar mouldy smell of rotten time, a sense of quietly waiting out an endless wait hits you. The tone is set.

Director Ribhu Dasgupta introduces his audience to the wait in one of the most telling scenes in TE3N.


John Biswas (Amitabh Bachchan) goes to the police station every day to check if there’s anything new on his dead granddaughter. Sarita (Vidya Balan) asks John Uncle to stop wasting time at the police station.

Angela, John’s grandchild, was kidnapped eight years ago. The criminal was never caught. Main investigating officer Martin (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) is Father Martin now, infusing wit and humour into the otherwise dry church-talk.


Eight years later, the kidnapper strikes again. Will he be caught this time around? Will the old man get the justice that eluded him all those years ago?

Ribhu Dasgupta weaves a poignant tale in his TE3N, and peppers it with edge-of-the-seat sequences. Half an hour into the film, Amitabh Bachchan is a part of your life; his quest for justice, yours. While the narrative is crisp in parts, the story progresses at a lazy pace. The laidbackness soon gets to you, and you want to scream, “Hurry up!” But Dasgupta takes it easy.

The primary cast gifts the film some superlative performances. In the droop of his shoulders, the slight slur in his speech and the noticeable gait, Amitabh Bachchan becomes John Biswas, the grandfather guilty of not being able to take care of his Angela.

The ever-dependable Nawazuddin Siddiqui is cast perfectly; the reluctant Krishna to John’s Arjun. In his slim-fit black shirt, this bullet-riding Father Martin is hardly your average clergyman. Vidya Balan lights up the screen with her Sarita. This feisty policewoman is heading a case which seems to have no solution in sight. And Balan projects the exact amount of frustration on to her character.

Padmavati Rao and Sabyasachi Chakrabarty slip into their characters easily, although the latter does risk going overboard at times.


The strength of TE3N lies in its performances. The weakest part is the writing. The story begins well, but soon you lose track of what is happening because there’s so much happening. Or nothing happening. The ebb and flow of important events in TE3N is not handled well. Also, it doesn’t help that the viewer can crack the biggest twist in the tale way before the filmmaker reveals it. It is disappointing considering what the film could have been, had the major issues been paid a bit more attention to.

At 2 hours 16 minutes, the film seems to stretch on till eternity. TE3N suffers from sloppy editing, but more than compensates for it in the cinematography. Through Tushar Kanti Ray’s lens, Kolkata is a city struggling to stay standing. The old-age charm of the City of Joy is captured in all its glory. It hides its secrets well, be it in the crumbling walls of the buildings or the idol immersion at the Nimtala Ghat. The chiaroscuro of the by-lanes of Kolkata make you oddly nostalgic.


The background score and music blends well with the story, but makes no impact on the mind. No particular song stays on in the mind once you’re done with TE3N.

During the shooting of TE3N, many thought it was a sequel to Kahaani. That 2012 film by Sujoy Ghosh which still gives goose bumps to people. The confusion, in retrospect, wasn’t without reason. Ribhu Dasgupta’s TE3N is reminiscent of Kahaani, mainly because of the mysterious manner Kolkata is portrayed in.

TE3N, however, is no Kahaani. It is at best a hotchpotch of a film that could have been so much better. Watch it though. For the brilliant acting.

By Ananya Bhattacharya

‘TE3N’ Releasing on 10th June 2016‬ at Major Cineplex Sukhumvit, Rama 3 Pattaya & ‎Maesot‬…

Te3n is an upcoming Indian thriller film written and directed by Ribhu Dasgupta. The film stars Amitabh Bachchan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Vidya Balan in lead roles.The film was earlier set for a 20 May release. But later, when it was found to be clashing with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s Sarbjit, the date was postponed to 10 June 2016.

It’s been 8 years since John Biswas (Amitabh Bachchan) lost his granddaughter, Angela, in a tragic kidnapping incident that scarred him & his wife Nancy forever. But eight years later, while the world has moved, John hasn’t given up his relentless quest for justice.

He continues to visit the police station where he’s shunned & ignored every day. The only person whose help he seeks is Martin Das (Nawazuddin Siddiqui), an ex-cop turned priest who has one thing in common with John – the death of Angela had a life altering impact on both men.

But then, 1 day, 8 years after that tragic incident, there’s another kidnapping & everything about it echoes of similarity with the kidnapping of Angela. Father Martin is once again dragged into the investigation by cop Sarita Sarkar (Vidya Balan). While the priest & the cop tackle the new kidnapping, John doggedly pieces together the identity of Angela’s kidnapper from little bits of information that he collects through his own investigations.
TE3N is a gripping thriller that brings together these two parallel investigations into the 2 kidnappings – & builds up into an explosive, emotionally-charged film.

Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta
Produced by Sujoy Ghosh Captain Gulab Singh Tanwar
Hyunwoo Thomas Kim
Suresh Nair
Sameer Rajendran
Gauri Sathe
Screenplay by Suresh Nair
Ritesh Shah
Bijesh Jayarajan
Starring Amitabh Bachchan
Nawazuddin Siddiqui
Vidya Balan
Sabyasachi Chakrabarty
Music by Clinton Cerejo
Cinematography Tushar Kanti Ray
Edited by Gairik Sarkar
Release dates

10 June 2016

Country India
Language Hindi

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