The nominations for the 2021 International Emmy Awards were announced Thursday evening. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, comedian Veer Das, and show Ram Madhvani Arya garnered nominations.
Nawazuddin Siddiqui was nominated in the Best Actor category for his Netflix movie Serious Men. British stars David Tennant (Diss), Israel’s Roy Nick (Normal) and Colombia’s Christian Taban (El Robo del Ciglo or The Great Heist) also compete with Nawazuddin. Directed by Sudhir Mishra, Serious Men is based on Manu Joseph’s 2010 novel of the same name.
Serious Men is the story of a person lacking ambition who decides to capitalize on his son’s fame as a boy genius to improve his family’s fortunes. Critics widely appreciated the film for its sharp comment on caste discrimination and class privilege through its protagonist Ayan Mani (Nawazuddin).
Vir Das: For India was nominated for Netflix’s Vir Das Comedy Special: For India, in the comedy segment. Popular French show Call My Agent, Britain’s Motherland: A Christmas Special and Colombian series Promesas de Campana were also nominated in this category.
The comedian celebrated the moment in an Instagram post. “Um… I think I just got nominated for the #Internationalemmyawards ah… but I’m so glad it’s a show about my culture, my people and how fun we are. The special thing was my love letter to India and it’s unbelievable.”
In the Best Drama Series category, Disney + Hotstar’s Aarya was nominated along with Chilean El Presidente, Israeli show in Tehran, and British show There She Goes. A remake of the popular Dutch crime drama Penoza, Aarya celebrates Sushmita’s return to acting after several years.
Enthusiastic Sushmita shared the photo of the nominations and wrote on Instagram, “OMGGGGGG!!!! AARYA was nominated for Best Drama Series at #InternationalEmmyAwards2021iemmys has been busy dubbing for AARYA2…just got the news!!!! Yeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy congratulations @madhvaniramamitamadhvaniofficialrmfilmssandeipmvinrawdisneyplushotstarendemolshineaind the most amazing crew!!!! Seeing India on this list fills my heart!!! “
She added, “Thank you wonderful people….your love and appreciation for #ARIA is the soul of this celebration!!! This team really deserves it!! Congratulations to @nawazuddin._siddiqui and virdas for their nominations and for being added to the Pride of India!! I love you guys !!!#duggadugga.”
The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will announce the winners of the 2021 International Emmys on November 22 in New York.
Last year, India took home the award for Best Drama Series starring Richie Mehta for Delhi crime. Previous nominees are Sacred Games and Inside Edge.