The Malayalam movie Adaminte Makan Abu is adjudged as
the best film. Unusually for this year, there are two
actors selected for the best actor award. Dhanush and
Salim Kumar, who played the lead in Adaminte Makan Abu,
are the best actors. This trend also prevailed in the
best actress category; Saranya Ponvannan who won the award
for her performance in Thenmerkku Paruvakkatru will share
the award with the Marathi actor Mitalee Jagtap Paradhar.
Mitalee’s performance in Baboo Band Baaja won her
the award. The jury has requested the central government
to allocate additional funds for the awards so the best
actors / actress did not have to split the prize among
The jury noted that the Malayalam movie Adaminte Makan
Abu shows “humanist values freeing matters of
faith from the constrictions of narrow parochialism”
and that Aadukulam is “a gritty tale of love,
jealousy and betrayal in the midst of blood-sport and
violence, in the manner of realistic cinema.”
Kannada films put up a great show by winning in the
categories of children's films and films on environment.
As south outshined Bollywood, only Dabangg and Ishqiya
proved saving grace, winning two awards.
The jury also seems to be impressed with the line up
from south this year with Prahlad Kakkar, eminent jury
member and popular advertising filmmaker commenting
that “There were some truly great films from the
south this year. They bridge the crassness of commercial
cinema and the artistry of parallel cinema in a way
that is reminiscent of Hollywood.” So there you
go. From the horse’s mouth! Now it’s our
responsibility to push the envelope – as it may
– for more original movies.
In related news, encouraged by the awards it received,
the makers of Thenmerku Paruvakkatru have decided to
re-release the movie in theatres. Unfortunately, Thenmerku
Paruvakkatru went unnoticed when it was released, running
only for about a week. Thenmerku Paruvakkatru won three
awards, Best Actress, Best Lyrics and Best Tamil Film
in the regional language category.
On his victory, Vetri Maaran said that 99% of this
award goes to people who worked behind the scenes and
only 1% of this success is his. He added that although
their faces are not seen, their hard work is what made
the movie possible and hence the award.
Here’s wishing all the awardees another great
year, making similar quality movies.
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