The annual Filmfare Awards (South) were held on Saturday (July 7) at the Nehru Indoor Stadium in Chennai.
An awarding Debut Nothing can give a young actor a bigger confidence boost than the elusive Black Lady, who remains on the wishlist of even the most seasoned actors. So, when you win a Filmfare Award for your very first film, the feeling is even more special.
The Filmfare Best Debut awards, both male and female, went to actors Aadhi and Shruti Hassan for their roles in Telugu films. While Aadhi won the award for “Prema Kavali“, Shruti Hassan won the award for her work in both “Anaganaga O Dheerudu” in Telugu and “7am Arivu” in Tamil.
Receiving the award from her legendary father Kamal Hassan made the night all the more special for her, said Shruti Hassan. “I practiced my speech in front of the mirror many times over, but now when the moment has come, I am speechless. Thank you appa for giving me this award…” she said.
“I’ve received the Black Lady earlier, but that was on behalf of my father. Now, I’m thrilled to have one of my own; it’s a heady feeling. And the best part was, I got to receive it from my dad. This made the evening more special to me. I feel energised and motivated. Apart from having my dad with me on such an important occasion, I was glad my best friends from school and college could be present to share my happiness. The award will proudly rest on my shelf for a long time,” added Shruti.
Aadhi’s dream come true It was a great moment for young actor Aadhi who called his award an old dream come true. “I always wanted to win this award, now that I have achieved this dream, I have a new one – to win the best actor’s award. Hopefully, that too will happen soon.”
The evening was all the more special for Aadi’s family as they took home two awards. While Aadhi himself won the award for Best Debut male, his uncle Ravishankar, who’s best known as the dubbing artiste in “Arundhati” for Sonu Sood, won the Best Supporting Actor award for Kannada. Aadhi‘s dad, actor Saikumar, too was present as the family rejoiced the wins right through the after party.
Shreya’s musical hattrick! In a rare feat, Shreya Ghoshal achieved the unusual when she won not one, not two, but three Filmfare Awards in the Best Playback Singer (female) category. The singer who surpassed competition in Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam, confessed that that is a first for her, and will always remain as something she will cherish all her life. Unfortunately though, Shreya couldn’t be present at the awards show, but she sent across a message, in which she thanked all her mentors who made it possible.
Talking about the soothing number “Jagadhanandha” from “Sri Ramarajyam“, which won her the award in Telugu, Shreya said, “Thank you Ilayarajaji… You’ve always showed me the way. This is a very special day for me as this has never happened before. I hope, I deliver better songs to my audiences and continue to win their hearts.”
Incidentally, Jonnavithula Ramalingeswara Rao also won the best lyricist for “Jagadhanandha“. Shreya’s rendition of “Gaganave” from “Sanju Weds Geetha” won her the award in Kannada, and in Malayalam she won it for “Paatil ee Paatil” from “Pranayam“.
The 59th South Indian Filmfare Awards was held at Nehru Indoor Stadium on 7th July. Stars from Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada Film Industries gathered at the event.
Ulaganayagan Kamal Hassan and Deepika Padukone also graced the event.
The Awardees for the various Film Industries are as follow…
- Best Film: Aadukalam
- Best Director: Vetrimaran (Aadukalam)
- Best Actor Male: Dhanush (Aadukalam)
- Best Actor Female: Anjali (Engayum Eppodum)
- Best Supporting Actor Male: Ajmal (Ko)
- Best Supporting Actor Female: Ananya (Engayum Eppodum)
- Best Music Director: GV Prakash Kumar (Aadukalam)
- Best Playback Singer Male: Aalap Raju (Ennamo Edho, Ko)
- Best Playback Singer Female: Chimayee (Sara Sara Vaagai Sooda Va)
- Best Lyrics: Vairamuthu (Sara Sara Vaagai Sooda Va)
- Best Film: Traffic
- Best Director: Blessy (Pranayam)
- Best Actor Male: Salim Kumar (Adaminte Makan Abu)
- Best Actor Female: Kavya Madhavan (Gaddama)
- Best Supporting Actor Male: Thilakan (Indian Rupee)
- Best Supporting Actor Female: Lena (Traffic)
- Best Music Director: M Jayachandran (Pranayam)
- Best Playback Singer Male: Vijay Yesudas – Eepuzhayum Sandhyakalum-(Indian Rupee)
- Best Playback Singer Female: Shreya Ghoshal – Paattil Ee Pattil (Pranayam)
- Best Lyrics: Onv Kurup – Paattil Ee Pattil (Pranayam)
- Best Film: Olave Mandara
- Best Director: Jayatheertha (Olave Mandara)
- Best Actor Male: Puneeth Rajkumar (Hudugaru)
- Best Actor Female: Ramya (Sanju Weds Geetha)
- Best Supporting Actor Male: Ravishankar (Kempe Gowda)
- Best Supporting Actor Female: Shruthi (Puttakkana Highway)
- Best Music Director: Jassie Gift (Sanju Weds Geetha)
- Best Playback Singer Male: Chethan – Yaarigelona Namma Problem- (Lifu Ishtena)
- Best Playback Singer Female: Shreya Ghoshal – Gaganave – (Sanju Weds Geetha)
- Best Lyrics: Kaviraj – Sanju Mathu Geetha – (Sanju Weds Geetha)
- Best Film: Dookudu
- Best Director: Sreenu Vaitla (Dookudu)
- Best Actor Male: Mahesh Babu (Dookudu)
- Best Actor Female: Nayantara (Sri Rama Rajyam)
- Best Supporting Actor Male: M S Narayana (Dookudu)
- Best Supporting Actor Female: Annie (Rajanna)
- Best Music Director: S S Thaman (Dookudu)
- Best Playback Singer Male: Rahul Nambiyar – Guruvaram March Okati – (Dookudu)
- Best Playback Singer Female: Shreya Ghoshal – Jagadhannadha – (Sri Rama Rajyam)
- Best Lyrics: Jonnavithula – Jagadhannadha – (Sri Rama Rajyam)
- Lifetime Achievement Awards: S P Muthuraman (Director), Seema Sasi (Actor)
- Critics Award: Vikram (Deiiva Thirumagal)
- Best Debut: Aadhi ( Prema Kavaali), Shruti Haasan (7aum Arivu, Anaga Anaga O Dheerudu)
- Best Choreograpghy: Prem Rakshit – Naath Naath Badrinath – (Badrinath)
- Best Cinematograpghy: Velraj (Aadukalam)