Filmfare awards presented at a dazzling function
The starry evening sizzled to thunderous applause of the packed audience at Lalithkala Thoranam open air auditorium. The 46th Filmfare Awards (South) function was the most happening event on a sultry Saturday, as was evident from the hubbub created beyond the spacious boundaries of the auditorium. The stage was lined up with six paintings of M.E Husain -- the artists spontaneous response to the concept of Filmfare was a riot of colours and vibrancy.
Andhra Pradesh N. Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu --who said Hyderabad is the film capital of India -- added to the warmth by inviting Filmfare to hold the awards function in the Andhra capital every year.
The much-awaited event started off with a performance by the most sought-after actor of Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films -- Vineet. The actor, also a classical dancer, performed a tandav nritya. Next to take the stage was Sukhwinder Singh, who, incidentally, bagged the Best Singer Award for Chaiyya Chaiyya number at the Filmfare Awards function in Mumbai recently
Euphoria -- led by Dr Palash Polly Sen (a physician by profession whose passion is music) and his team-members including Debajyoti D.J. Bhaduri, Benjamin Benny Pinto, Hitesh Rikki Madan, Gaurav Gary Mishra and Christopher Chris Powell -- took the audience on a fantastic trip with their number. Other performances were from Shaan (whose gesture of dedicating the song Dil kya kare from Julie to actress Lakshmi won many a heart), Kamaal Khan, Nagma, Suman Ranganathan and Sonali Bendre.
The award presentations were as colourful as the performances. The first set of awards presented were in the Kannada films category. Numero uno music director Hamsalekha bagged his fourth Filmfare award. This time, for his score in Ravichandran’s Yaare Neenu Cheluve. The Best Film, Best Actress and the Best Director awards went to Thaayi Saheb. Girish Kasaravalli got the Best Director award; while Jayamala who, as Narmada thaayi won accolades for her excellent performance, bagged the Best Actress award. Ramesh Arvind was adjudged the Best Actor for his role in Hoc Male. Last year, he had won the award for Amrithavarshini.
In the Malayalam section, Chinta Vishtayaya Shyamala was adjudged the Best Film, while Sreenivasan got the Best Director Award for the same film. Manju Warrier bagged the Best Actress trophy for Kanmadham, Balachandra Menon, the Best Actor for his memorable role in Samantharangal. The Best Music award went to Vidyasagar for Summer in Bethlehem.
The inimitable A.R. Rehman got the Best Music trophy for Jeans in the Tamil films section. Natpukkaga was adjudged the Best Film, while Cheran got the Best Director award for Desiya Geetham. Kausalya was the Best Actress for her role in Pooveli, while Sarath Kumar won the Best Actor award for Natpukkaga.
The last set of trophies to be presented were in the Telugu category. Anthapuram swept three awards -Best Film, Best Director for Krishna Vamsi and Best Actress for Soundarya. Venkatesh won the Best Actor award for his role in Ganesh, while Mani Sharma got the Best Music trophy for Choodalani Vundi.
Last year, four new awards were added to the already existing ones. This years winners included Suchitra -- for best choreography in Telugu film Ocyala; Vandemataram Srinivas got Best Playback Singer Award for Ahah; Thotta Tharani Best Technician for Chhoodalani Vundi and Isha Koppikar - Best Newcomer for Tamil films Kaadhal Kavidai and En Swasa Katru.
Film visionary Ramoji Rao, who has set up the largest film infrastructure in the form of Ramoji Film City, won this years Filmfare Special Award. Mr Chandrababu Naidu presented the Lifetime achievement awards to Allu Ramalingayya, who’s acted in over 900 films in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi languages, and to the versatile actress, Lakshmi.
Incidentally, Lakshmi has won nine Filmfare awards till now. Mr Ramalingayya is the father-in-law of actor Chiranjivi.
The lovely Suchitra Pillai charmed the audience with her compering.
The awards were sponsored by the Manikchand Group for the seventh consecutive year. The host for the evening was G. Sivakumar Reddy, the chairman of Welcomgroups Grand Kakatiya Sheraton Hotel and Towers. The sets were created by Fountainhead Promotions and Events.