With one award function almost every week, June was practically an ‘Awards Month’. The month was brought to a close by SIIMA 2016 (South Indian International Movie Awards), stealing all the glory. The two-day event on 30 June and 1 July, was held at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore.
SIIMA, one of the biggest film events of the year, saw celebrities from four industries – Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada – come together. The first day was dedicated to Telugu and Kannada industries. The Tamil and Malayalam awards are reserved for the second day.
SIIMA 2016: Day 1
Baahubali won big with Best Film, Best Director -S.S.Rajamouli, Best Cinematographer, and Best Fight Choreographer awards in Telugu.
In the Kannada category, Rangi Taranga stole the show with four awards: Best Lyricist, Best Actor in a negative role (Saikumar), Best Playback singer (Inchara Rao for Kareyole) and Best Debut Director (Änup Bhandari). However, Mythri won the best film of the year and Upendra won the Best Director award for Uppi 2.
The Best Actor and Actress awards (Telugu) went to Mahesh Babu and Shruthi Haasan for Srimanthudu, while Allu Arjun and Anushka Shetty won the Best Actor (Critic’s) award for the periodical blockbuster Rudhrama Devi. The same award in the Kannada film category went to Puneeth Rajkumar for Ranavikrama, Rachita Ram for Ranna and Best Actor (Critic’s) award went to Sathish Ninasam for Rocket and Shanvi Srivastava for Masterpiece.
Samantha won the ‘Youth Icon of South India’ award – a special moment indeed. The Best Music Director (Telugu) award went to Devi Sri Prasad for Srimanthudu, who also gave his trademark animated performance for the evening . Arjun Janya won the same award for Vajrakaaya in the Kannada category.
The Best Playback Singer award in the Telugu category went to Satya Yamini for Mamatala Talli song in Baahubali and Sagar for Jatha Kalise in Srimanthudu. Anil Ravipudi bagged the award for Best Debutant Director for Pataas. Santhosh Venky won the Best Playback singer (male) for “Raja Rani” in Rhatee, in the Kannada category.
The Best Actor award in a supporting role (Telugu) went to Rajendra Prasad for Srimanthudu, and the same award in the female category went to Ramya Krishnan for her impressive role in Baahubali. The same award in Kannada went to Pannaga Bharana for Kenda Sampige and Tejaswini Prakash for Goolihatti.
Akhil Akkineni won the Best Debutant (Telugu) for Akhil while Pragya Jaiswal won the same award for Kanche. Vinay Rajkumar for Siddhartha and Manvitha Harish for Kendasampige won the same award in the Kannada category, respectively.
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SIIMA 2016 – Day 2
Hosted by Tamil actor Sathish Krishnan and RJ-turned-actor “Mirchi” Siva, the second day of SIIMA was dedicated to Tamil and Malayalam films.
The event began with singer Vijay Yesudas singing, and taking requests from the star-studded audience. His performance was a prelude to the Best Playback Singer (female) award given to Shwetha Mohan for the song Enna Solla in Thangamagan (Tamil) and Baby Shreya for the song Enno Njanete in Amar Akbar Anthony (Malayalam).
Vairamuthu and Shabareesh Verma won the Best Lyricist award for OK Kanmani (Tamil) and Premam (Malayalam) respectively.
Singer Anirudh Ravichander, was the man of the hour with two awards, a performance, and the launch of his highly anticipated song – all in one night. He won the Best Playback Singer (male) award for the song Thangame from Naanum Rowdy Dhaan and Best Music Director (Tamil) for the same film. Later in the evening, his song, Senjitaley from the film Remo was also launched by actor Vikram, followed by a performance of the song Aaluma Doluma from Vedalam with Telugu actor Allu Arjun joining him on stage.
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While Tamil film Thani Oruvan won the Best Film of the Year, Vignesh Shivan won the Best Director award for Naanum Rowdy Dhaan with the film bagging five awards including Best Actress won by Nayanthara, and Best Comedian won by R J Balaji.
Mani Ratnam’s OK Kanmani was the next big winner of the event bagging three awards including Best Supporting Actor won by Prakash Raj and Best Actress Critics Award won by Nithya Menen.
The Best Supporting Actress were won by Raadhika Sarathkumar for Thangamagan (Tamil) and Lena for Ennu Ninte Moideen (Malayalam).
Under the Best Debutant male category, GV Prakash and Siddharth Menon won for Darling (Tamil) and Rockstar (Malayalam) respectively. Keerthy Suresh and Sai Pallavi won the same under the female category for Idhu Enna Mayam (Tamil) and Premam (Malayalam).
Arun Vijay’s menacing role in Yennai Arindhaal won him the Best Actor in a Negative Role (Tamil), while veteran actor Kabir Bedi won the same for Anarkali (Malayalam).
Vikram’s I won him the Best Actor Award while Jayam Ravi won the same declared by the critics for Thani Oruvan.
In the Malayalam film category, Premam won the coveted Best Film of the Year in addition to Nivin Pauly winning the Best Actor (Critic’s) award for the same film.
Actor Prithviraj won the Best Actor for Ennu Ninte Moideen, the next big winner of the night with Parvathy winning the Best Actress (Critic’s) award for the film.
Apart from the award distribution, grand performances by Huma Qureshi, Hansika Motwani, Amyra Dastur, and Aishwarya Rajesh, marked the evening.
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