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Last year, several regional actors made their mark in Bollywood. Telugu actress Ileana D'Cruz, south star Yami Gautam and Bengali actor Parambrata Chatterjee have earned nomination in the Most Promising Newcomer categories for Barfi!, Vicky Donor and Kahaani respectively. Rubbing shoulders with them is a bunch of young newcomers including Alia Bhatt, Sidharth Malhotra, Varun Dhawan, Arjun Kapoor, Diana Penty, Anjali Patil, Kayoze Irani and Huma Qureshi.
Some of the nominees in this category such as Ayushmann Khurrana have bagged multiple nominations. Khurrana is also in the race for the Best Lyricist and Best
Playback Singer trophies. That apart, D'Cruz is nominated in the Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Female) category while Chatterjee is nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Male) category.
Just as a wide variety of films
were accepted, the audience also acknowledged different varieties of music. A look at the Best Music nominees reiterates the acceptance of different genres of music among the Screen Award's jury members. Among them is the soundtrack of Cocktail, retro style music of Dabangg 2 and Barfi!, hip urban folk of Gangs Of Wasseypur, a dubstep
application in Ishaqzaade, peppy dance numbers in Student Of The Year and Indo-western fusion in Talaash.
Among the singing hopefuls, there is a broad mix of new crop of singers and well-versed vocalists. The multi-faceted Ayushmann Khurrana finds a nomination for Paani da rang alongside Nikhil Paul George for Main kya karoon (Barfi!), Neeti Mohan for the dynamic Jiya re (Jab Tak Hai Jaan), Nandini Shrikar for Dil mera muft (Agent Vinod) and Shalmali Kholgade for Pareshaan (Ishaqzaade).
They face strong competition from notable singers such as Javed Ali who is nominated for Ishaqzaade title track, Mika (Pungi, Agent Vinod), Mohit Chauhan for Ala Barfi from Barfi! and Shreya Ghoshal who sang the dance number Radha from Student Of The Year. Interestingly, Sufi artiste Kavita Seth, who has previously sung soft numbers such as Iktaara tried a fast-paced, high note song in Cocktail. She, too, has bagged a nomination.