'2 States', which is based on a novel of the same name, has bagged nominations in key categories including best film, best director for debutante Abhishek Varman, best supporting actor male (Ronit Roy) and best supporting actress for Amrita Singh, who plays a loud Punjabi mother in the movie.
Besides, the film has also received three nominations in the music categories - best music (Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy), best singer for Arijit Singh ('Mast Magan') and Benny Dayal ('Locha-e-Ulfat').
Bhardwaj's Kashmir-set crime drama, based on Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' will give tough competition to '2 States' in the best film, best director, best supporting actor (Kay Kay Menon) and actress (Tabu) categories.
The film's lead Shahid Kapoor has bagged a nod in the best actor list and will fight it out with Aamir Khan ('PK'), Hrithik Roshan ('Bang Bang'), Akshay Kumar ('Holiday') and Randeep Hooda ('Rang Rasiya').
'Haider' has also earned Gulzar a nomination in best lyrics category for 'Bismil'. Coming-of-age Kangana Ranaut-starrer 'Queen', last year's biggest surprise hit, has received five nods which includes best actress, best film, best director for Vikas Bahl, best supporting actress for Lisa Haydon and best music for Amit Trivedi.
Imtiaz Ali's road movie 'Highway' and Aamir Khan-starrer 'PK' have received three nominations apiece. The Rajkumar Hirani-directed film has got a nod in the best director, best film and best actor for Aamir, while Alia Bhatt (best actress) Irshad Kamil (best lyrics) and Sultan Nooran, Jyoti Nooran (best female singer) have received nominations for 'Highway'.