The 5th Annual Vijay Awards witnessed coming together
of the most eminent personalities of Tamil film industry.
What surprised the most were the unexpected arrivals
like Sun Pictures Hans raj Saxena and many more celebrities,
who took a break from shooting and made their way
to Nehru Indoor Stadium. Vijay Awards have come a
long way since the first ceremony that took off grandiosely
before 5 years. The highlight of this event was the
jury members recognizing the need to honor special
achievements that don’t usually fit into the
fixed categories like ‘Best find of the Year
2010’. Winners of National awards were also
honored during this occasion.
‘I am really thankful to the people, who have
accepted me as an actor and I also feel it’s
the greatest honor than any other awards’ said
Dhanush. Filmmaker Vetri Maaran, editor Kishore, actor
Jayabalan, poet Vairamuthu, Saranya Ponvannan, Thambi
Ramaiah and choreographer Dinesh were felicitated.
Vikram won the ‘Best Actor Award’ for
his splendid performance in Raavanan while Anjali
walked up to dais to get the ‘Best Actress Award’
for Angaadi Theru. Double cheers for Superstar Rajnikanth
fans as he won a couple of awards – Best Villain
and Favorite Hero for Endhiran. Dhanush received the
award on behalf of his father-in-law and read out
a note from the Superstar thanking everyone for their
prayers and love.
Angaadi Theru brought in two more honors: Best Director
(Vasantha Balan) and Best Film. Prabhu Solomon was
rewarded for his brilliant story and screenplay for
Mynaa. National award winners Thambi Ramaiah and Saranya
Ponvannan won ‘Best Supporting Male and Female
Actor awards’ (Mynaa and Thenmerku Paruva Kaatru).
Santhanam emblazoned the entire auditorium with fun
making witty comments on Udhayanidhi Stalin, director
Rajesh, VTV Ganesh and compeer Shiva Karthikeyan of
Vijay TV fame for nearly15 minutes. ‘KJ Yesudas
is the only competitor for our Ganesh’ humorously
added Santhanam, who requested Ganesh to bless him
with a song.
It was a musical triumph for Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya
as A.R. Rahman won ‘Best Music Director’,
Vijay Prakash – (Best Playback Singer Male)
for ‘Hosanna’ and Shreya Ghosal (Best
Playback Singer Female) for ‘Mannipaaya’.
‘Best Find of the Year 2011’ was awarded
to Remo D’ Souza (Choreography) and Madhan Karky
(Lyrics). Raghava Lawrence was considered for a special
category ‘Social Responsibility Award’
for his generous contribution towards the wellbeing
of poor and underprivileged section of society. Veteran
Filmmaker K. Balachandar was awarded the most prestigious
‘Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan Award’ and Choreographer
Sundaram master was felicitated with ‘Contribution
to Tamil Cinema’ award. His protégés
Shoby, Dinesh and others paid tribute to their master
shaking their legs for some of his evergreen chartbusters
with same choreography.
Vairamuthu was honored with ‘Best Lyricist Award’
for Thenmerku Paruvakaatru. While receiving the awards,
he didn’t miss to speak about the bleak scenario
of present trend of songs. ‘Earlier, songs were
meant to relish the essence of lyrics, but today it
is used more for dance and beats.’
Best Choreographer award was given to Dinesh for ‘Jilla
Vittu’ song in Eesan and he entertained the
spectators performing few steps for the song. Suriya
was given ‘Best Entertainer of the year Award’
for his commercial hit movie Singam. Best crew of
the Year 2010 was given to Mynaa Team while Viddarth
and Amala Paul won ‘Best New Face Male and Female
Awards’ for the same film.
A.R. Murugadoss called upon versatile cinematographer
Santhosh Sivan to announce the winner of ‘Best
Cinematography 2010 award’ that was given to
Rathinavel for Enthiran. Selva Kumar (Best Art Director
Award for Madharasapattinam), Anal Arasu (Best Stunt
Director for Naan Mahaan Alla), Kasi Viswanathan (Best
Editing for Naan Mahaan Alla) were the other winners.
Trisha won ‘Favorite Heroine Award’ for
Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya while Favorite Film of the
Year was given to Endhiran (Sun Pictures) and Shankar
was chosen for Favorite Director Award (Endhiran).
Mumbai based dance group ‘Mumbai Experts’
gave an electrifying performance for the remix versions
of ‘Sheila Ki Jawani’, ‘Boom Boom
Robot’, ‘Irumbile Oru Idhayam’,
‘Nangai’ and few more tracks. Shriya Charan,
Bharath and Amala Paul sizzled with their rocking
dance performance for some of the chartbusters of
Famous anchors Gopinath and Shiva Karthikeyan entertained
the spectators with their humorous compeering.