- 'They did a great job,' reads the statement by IIFA
- 'But unfortunately, they didn't send their entry in,' said IIFA
- 'We feel sad,' the statement added
In a statement, the organisers of the IIFA Awards have clarified that Dangal did not register itself when the voting procedure for nominations began in April. "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," reads the statement from Andre Timmins, director of Wizcraft International which handles the IIFA weekend and the award ceremony.
No mention was made of Akshay Kumar's films Airlift and Rustom, which were also ignored in the IIFA nominations and for which the 49-year-old star won this year's National Award for Best Actor. The exclusion of Dangal from a list that featured several major films from last year, from Neerja and Pink to Ae Dil Hai Mushkil and Salman Khan's Sultan provoked widespread criticism online. Tweets described the IIFA Awards as 'fake' and a 'waste of time.' At the time, IIFA maintained a stony silence.
The statement from Wizcraft International comes just days after Censor Board chief Pahlaj Nihalani dismissed to the IIFA awards as "international farce." In an interview with Hindustan Times, he said: "Look at the hypocrisy. They haven't even nominated Aamir Khan for Dangal and Akshay Kumar for Airlift and Rustom just because they wouldn't attend their weekend holiday plans masquerading as an awards function."
(With IANS inputs)