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In the category of music, nominees include veteran music director A R Rahman and new-comers like Pritam and Vishal Shekhar. The names of Sukhwinder Singh and Sunidhi Chauhan have also been shortlisted.
Shahrukh Khan: The actor has won over 50 national and international awards, six Filmfare awards in the Best Actor category, recipient of the Padma Shree in 2005, won the Best Indian Citizen Award in 1997 and recipient of the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in the Field of Entertainment in 2002.
Rajnikanth: South India's biggest star. He has acted in over 170 films. Worked in Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Hindi and Bengali films. He has won a number of awards, including India's third highest honour, the Padma Bhushan in 2000, Raj Kapoor Award in 2007.
Shilpa Shetty: Has worked in almost 50 films. Won 2007 Celebrity Big Brother contest. The De Montfort University in Leicester, UK has conferred upon her an honorary degree of Doctor of Arts in 2007. She has also won the Silver Star Award for her outstanding contribution to humanitarian causes.
Chak de Girls: In August 2007, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences requested a copy of the script of Chak De India for a place in the Margaret Herrick library. The movie has bagged the awards for Best Film (Gold) and director Shimit Amin bagged two awards for Best Director (Silver) and Best Editing in Sydney at the Australian-Indian Film Awards.
Himesh Reshammiya: The composer, singer and actor became the first Indian to perform at Wembley Stadium, London in 2006. In 2006, he won the Filmfare Best Male Playback Award and IIFA Best Male Playback Award.
A R Rahman: An award-winning composer, record producer and musician, Time magazine rated Rahman's Roja as Top 10 Movie Soundtracks of All Time. Nominated for Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Musical — Bombay Dreams in 2003. From Roja in 1992, to his most-recent work Jodhaa Akbar, Rahman is rated as one of the best in the industry.
Vishal-Shekhar: The duo won Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Talent in Music (Jhankaar Beats). Have composed hits like Dard-e-disco, Mind Blowing Mahiya, Ajab Si, Sajnaji Vari Vari.
Sukhwinder Singh: Won Best Male Playback award at 1999 Filmfare Awards, nominated for Global Indian Film Awards for Best Playback Singer (Male) in 2006, nominated for Screen Award for Best Playback Singer (Male) in 2007. In a career spanning from playback singing in Karma (1986) to Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag (2007), he rose to fame with Chaiyya Chaiyya from the film Dil Se. Sang the title track in Chak de India, which has become the unofficial sports anthem.
Pritam Chakraborty: Composed music for films like Tere Liye in 2000 to Dhan Dhana Dhan Goal in 2007. Success of Dhoom followed with other hits like Chocolate, Garam Masala and Gangster. The song Dhoom Machale from Dhoom II won him the MTV Award for Best Composer. In 2007, he was nominated for Zee Cine Awards for the Best Music Director.