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National Awards – Tamil Cinema strikes it rich!

I don’t know how much of a significance one has to give to National Film awards. However, I feel very happy that Tamil cinema has received a record 14 awards this time. This included the top awards for Best Director, Original Screenplay, Actor, Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress. Also, I feel very happy that those who I think are good have received awards this time.

First, the Dada Saheb Phalke award announcement was made. It came to K Balachander – who is among my most favourite directors. I consider him the best in the world. Given my way, I will give him an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement.

Next, Dhanush – who I have seen mature as an actor. I really liked the Dhanush – Vetrimaran combination in Polladhavan. The next was Aadukalam. I was eagerly looking forward to this movie and it exceeded my expectations. With Polladhavan they set a standard. With Aadukalam, they surpassed their own standards.

I loved the direction and Dhanush’s performances in the movie. But, I never thought that they will give National award for it. Dhanush is the youngest actor to get the National Award for Best Actor. He joins the league of Kamalahasan, Vikram and Prakashraj. They are the youngsters of Tamil cinema who I am sure will do better than the previous generation. But Dhanush is dofferent from all of these actors. He can gel acting with commercial elements. His dance for Thottu thottu pogum thendral and Otha Sollala deserve special mention. He can emote at the same time be himself. I like that character. I feel that he is surely poised to become to a great actor. The committee even appreciated his efforts as an actor. I am elated to see Best Actor awarded to him.

Then, Vetrimaran. He is someone I see on the lines of Balu Mahendra/ Bharatiraja. He is someone who has the ability to make an entertaining movie with substance. He has the ability to tell ordinary stories in an interesting manner. That essentially means he has the knack of writing good screenplay. He also extracts the best out of his actors. He has set a trend with both his films and I hope that he will continue to direct entertaining movies in future too. Good job Vetri for grabbing both Best Original Screenplay and Best Director awards.

Saranya’s (Best Actress – Thenmerku paruvakatru) award was long due. She had to get it someday and the award for this film is more than deserving. She joins the likes of Sharadha, Archana, Lakshmi, Suhasini, Shobha and Priyamani. Same is the case with Sukumari (Best Supporting Actress – Namma Graamam). Vairamuthu’s award (Best Lyricist – Thenmerku Paruvakatru) has become a regular feature at National awards. The veteran lyricist is getting the award for the 6th time.

Kishore Te (Best Editing – Aadukalam), Dinesh (Best Choreographer – Aadukalam) and Thenmerku paruvakatru (Best Regional Picture – Tamil) and Thambi Ramaiah (Best Supporting Actor – Mynaa) are also truly worth the award.

Needless to say, Srinivasan bagged the Best Special Effects award and Sabu Cyril got the Best Production Design award for Endhiran. If ever there is an Indian film that can be showcased at the international level for these aspects, it is Endhiran. The national awards for Endhiran do not come as a surprise.

A special jury mention was made to Eelam tamil writer V I S Jayabalan for his spectacular role in Aadukalam.

Usually, a panel of experts never agree with the people’s verdict. They think that the people are dumb/ dim wits. 🙂 National Awards used  to be given to extremely boring, sleepy kind of movies. I am glad to see that image has changed in the past few years. And in the past few years, Tamil cinema has made its presence felt at the awards scene. Films that are doing well at the box office are doing well at the awards stage as well. It is very heartening to see the committee accept entertaining films also as good films. It shows the maturity of the awards panel. And that is a really good drift for cinema in general!

Ofcourse, this is the first time that Tamil cinema has bagged so many awards at the National level. It is a good trend and nice to see the encouragement shown by the jury members. It feels good to see that we have emerged on top! Way to go, guys!

For a complete list of awards, see here.


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