59th South Filmfare Award Winners from Malayalam
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" from 'Indian Rupee')
Best Playback Singer (Female) - Shreya Ghoshal ("Paattil Ee Pattil" from 'Pranayam')
Best Lyrics - Onv Kurup - ("Paattil Ee Pattil" from 'Pranayam')
The winners of the top honours, Salim Kumar and Kavya Madhavan, who won Best Actor Male and Female respectively, both won the award for the first time. "This is my first time ever at the Filmfare. I used to watch the awards every year and hoped to be here some day. Gadamma has done this for me," said Kavya.
Also a Filmfare winner for the first time, Best Actor Salim Kumar, said, "Just like we look forward to the mango season or the rainy season, it seems like it is the season for awards lately. I say so because after my film Adaminte Makan Abu won me the National Award, it has been raining awards. This is my 26th award for the same film since then, but I am most honoured to take home my first Filmfare because I consider this to be the Oscar of Indian cinema."
Vijay Yesudas also took home the Filmfare for the first time when he won Best Playback Singer for his Ee puzhayum sandhyakalum in Indian Rupee. He dedicated the award to his father and thanked the team of Pranayam for the same. Also on stage to receive his first Filmfare was winner of Best Film, producer Listin Stephen for Traffic. "This film has taken me places and I am happy to tell you that I will begin my innings in the Tamil film industry with the same project," he said.
Also making a mark at the function was the film Pranayam, which won as many as four awards — Blessy as Best Director, ONV Kurup as Best Lyricist, M Jayachandran as Best Music Director and Shreya Ghoshal as Best Singer Female.
Fabulous performances by some of the leading actresses from all four south film industries provided some high-voltage entertainment. The title sponsor of the 59th Idea Filmfare Awards 211 (South) was Idea, while the associate sponsors were Vijay Shanthi and C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons.
The telecast partners are Vijay TV, Maa TV, Suvarna TV and Asianet. Radio partner is Radio Mirchi. Other partners include Black Dog, hospitality partner Hyatt Regency, fashion partner Reliance Trends, multiplex partner Khushi Advertising, trophy partner The Award Gallery, event consultants Oxygen Enter-tainment and event management Percept.
Tamanna, Poorna, Lakshmi Manchu Prasanna, Kamal, Deepika Padukone, Charmi, S.Shankar, and his wife Eswari, Mahesh Babu, Srinu Vaitla, Manchu Manoj Kumar, Chiyaan Vikram, Nayanthara, Anjali, Karthi, Abbas, Dhanush, Trisha, Kushboo, Seema, Shruti Hassan, Kajal Agarwal, Nisha Agarwal, Richa Gangopadhyay, Salim Kumar, SP Muthuraman, Aishwarya Dhanush, Vetrimaran, Abbas wife Erum Ali graced the event.
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