The first day Next Generation awards presentation and fashion show function was delayed as the function which was to start at 5.30 P.M. Dubai team almost started three hours late. Middle East's popular news paper Gulf News gives below the description of the first day function and also documents the interview bites.
“About 30 artists were supposed to arrive early evening for Gen Next, but they arrived late and by the time they checked into the hotel, it was way past 7.30pm,” said Anuj Rai, SIIMA organiser.
The delay may have left the guests fuming, but the stars from four south Indian states took this opportunity to play catch-up. While R. Madhavan warmly embraced his colleague Abbas and actress Khushbu, heart-throb Rana Daggubati walked in with actress Trisha after 10pm.
Singer Dhanush, after a daylong fruitful shopping expedition at Deira City Centre with his wife Aishwarya, ended the night on a good note.
He took home the SIIMA Sensation of South India award. “I feel so overwhelmed. It’s a prestigious award and I am glad I could do this for my parents,” said Dhanush, clutching his golden trophy to his chest.
Meanwhile, Shruti Haasan clad in a glittering burgundy Atsu Sekhose creation, was honoured with the SIIMA Pride of Southern India (Female) gong. Dum Maaro Dum star Rana Daggubati was bestowed the same title in the male category.
“I am so proud to be here today. Thanks to SIIMA, I am part of this blessed, wonderful family. It’s great to have stars from four south Indian states under one roof,” Haasan said. Meanwhile, Madhavan, set the stage for his appearance as anchor for the grand award-presentation ceremony, held yesterday at the World Trade Centre.
“There won’t be any rude jokes. My stand is that if you are here to honour talent, you should never disrespect them by making fun of them.
That doesn’t work with me,” said Madhavan, who said he wished to make SIIMA in Dubai a regal affair.
Bollywood actor Sonu Sood walked away with the SIIMA Most Stylish Villain Award.
“I don’t belong to south India, but it feels great to be accepted so warmly in the south. I feel as if I have always been here — part of your films,” he said.
A fashion show led by star showstoppers, including Lakshmi Rai and Shreya Saran, were also rolled out along with stirring performances from rising singing star Vijay Yesudas.
Real Star Upendra has now left everything to the producers Munirathna and K.Manju to settle the contentious issue of releasing their films and wait for a solution without loss of time. "I am also as eager as you are to see that all the confusions about the release date of films are cleared at the earliest. I have been an integral part of both these films and want that film fans should be given an opportunity to watch these two films which has lot of entertaining values' says Upendra.
Upendra has been charged with not taking any side with neither of any producers and find out a way for solving the problem. Some of the industry personalities also see some agenda in his behaviour ever since he came to Bengaluru after his shooting and Holiday trip from abroad.
"There is neither any smoke nor any fire", says Upendra who requests media not to speculate anything about his non commital stance in this controversy. " I am committed to both these films and I think I have given my hundred percent to both these films. For me the success of both these films are important and I want to see both Munirathna and Manju putting a smile on their faces after the release of their respective films' says Upendra.
The television spat between two topline producer Munirathna and K.Manju which has been getting focus in many of the programmes in the local news channels is looking like a big joke for Kannada film industry's century star Shivaraj Kumar. "I am not feeling that I am watching a serious discussion on the contentious matter, but some sort of a big joke played in front of the viewers. This is nothing but a big joke' said Shivanna during a press meet of his film Andar Bahar directed by Phaneesh and produced by six ardent fans of Dr. Raj Kumar's big family.
Shivaraj Kumar who was participating in action sequence of Andar Bahar addressed a press meet of the film to express his happiness about the way the film shoot is progressing.
About the controversy regarding the two films of Upendra which was being made as a bigger issue by the two respective producers, Shivanna just said that these issues should not be made public and every issue should be settled by harmonious discussions.
Real Star and top director Upeedra who won the Best film award for his directorial venture Super was just making preparations to leave the country and fly to Jordon for the shooting of a song sequence for his forthcoming release Kataari Veera Sura Sundaraangi, when the news was flashed to him. Upendra was really thrilled to hear the news though he had not even thought about it. Upendra has returned to directing films after a long gap of ten years to direct Super and the film obtained rave reviews and also the well deserved Box office success.
"Yes I am happy about my film Super winning the Best film award from state government. The fact that people had appreciated this film by giving thumbs up in the Box office was one point which had gladdened me. But with the announcement of this award I feel like having one more feather in the cap' said Upendra.
Puneet Raj Kumar who had won the Best actor award for his superlative performance in the film Pruthwi directed by Jacob Varghese and produced by Soorappa Babu and N.S.Raj Kumar said that he was very happy to hear that his performance has won appreciation from the Juries also.
Ms. Vijayalakshmi Singh who had won the Best supporting actress for her performance in Veera Parampare said that entire credit of moulding her character should go to director S.Narayan. "I remember Narayan telling me many a times that I will get an award if I put in my best efforts to portray the character. I tried my best and Narayan helped me. Here is this award which has made me very happy' said Vijayalakshmi Singh.
Guru Kiran who won the first state award as the Best Music director for Mylari said that he had never imagined that he will get the state award in music. "I have entered the film industry fourteen years ago and this is my first award. Though many of my films like A, Appu, Jogi and many others have won lot of awards, I was some how losing out in the selection of state awards. I thank the juries headed by Ms. Bharathi Vishnuvardhan for selecting me this time for Mylari which I consider as one of my albums' said Guru Kiran.
Nagashekhar whose Sanju Weds Geetha has won three awards for camera, editing and sound engineering said that he had expected a few more awards for the film, but felt happy that his film remained the favourite of Juries who had given three big awards. "These awards are like tonic. The film had won appreciation from public, Now, I intend to make films with popular appeal which will be able to win a minimum of six awards' said Nagashekhar who was in Shimoga when the news of awards reached him.
Producer Rockline Venkatesh who produced the Best film Super said that he will be giving the entire credit to the film's director and lead actor Upendra.
Dr Rajkumar Award: S Shivaram
Puttanna Kanagal Award: Bhargava
Dr Vishnuvardhan Award (for lifetime achievement in films): Ambareesh
(Rs 2 lakh and gold medal each)
First Best Film: Super (Rs 1 lakh and gold medals for producer and director)
(Producer Rockline Venkatesh: Rs. 1,00,000 and 50 Grams Gold Medal) Director – Upendra
Second Best Film: Bhagavatghi Kaadu (Rs 75,000 and silver medal for director and producer)
Third Best Film : Shabdamani (Rs 50,000 and silver medal for producer and director)
Special Film of Social Concern: Tarangini
Best Regional Film – Kanchilada Bale (Tulu)
Best childrens Film – Nanna Gopala
Subbaiah Naidu Award for Best Actor: Puneet Rajkumar (Film – Prithvi)
Best Actress: Kalyani (Film – Suicide)
Best Supporting Actor: (Ashwath Award) Ramesh Bhat (Film – Uyalle)
Best Supporting Actress: Vijayalakshmi Singh (Film – Veerapampare)
Best Male Dubbing Artist: Shrungeri Ramanna (Film – Veerabahu)
Best Female Dubbing Artist: Shashikala (Film – Shabdamani)
Best Story Writer: Agni Sridhar (Film – Tamassu)
Best Screenplay: B Suresh (Puttakana Highway)
Best Dialogue Writer: Baraguru Ramachandrappa (Bhoomi Thaie)
Best Cinematographer: Sathya Hegde (Sanju Weds Geetha)
Best Music Director: Gurukiran (Mylari)
For Best Sound Recording: Anand (Sanju Weds Geetha)
For Best Editing: Jhony Harsha (Nanna Gopala)
Best Art Director: Hosmane Murthy (Olave Mandara)
Best Child Artist: Baby prakruthi (Hejjegalu)
Best Lyrisist: H S Venkatesh Murthy (Onduralli)
Best Playback Singer – Male: Ravindra Soorigavi (Puttakana Highway)
Best Playback Singer – Female: Lakshmi Manmohan (Gandhi Smiles)
Special Jury Award: Prarthane
Well known film director S.S.Rajamouli's forthcoming film Eega has already been creating big waves in the Indian film industry. The trailers have made a very big impact with top technicians like Ram Gopal Varma and Anurag Kashyap tweeting in appreciation of the trailer and the performance of lead actor Sudeep who is playing an antogonist's role in the film.
But many people are still wondering as to how Rajamouli was able to convince talented actor Sudeep who was already a super star in Kannada film industry to play an antogonist's role in the Scientific thriller film with relatively unknown stars.
S.S.Rajamouli has himself answered this question in a conversation with Chitraloka Portal.
Rajamouli says that he had known Sudeep was A SUPERSTAR IN the KANNADA film industry and he had not met him before an approach was made for Eega.
"I SAW RGV directed 'RANN' AND WAS BLOWN AWAY BY HIS PERFORMANCE. I DIDN'T KNOW WHETHER HE WOULD AGREE TO DO A ANTAGONISTS ROLE OR NOT, but FRANKLY I HAD A GUT FEELING THAT HE WOULD ACCEPT.BECAUSE AN ACTOR OF HIS POTENTIAL WOULD LOVE THE CHALLENGES OF THE ROLE IN EEGA' said Rajamouli .
Regarding the exact date of release of his much discussed film, Rajamouli says that the guessing game is being done in the media circles. He says both the films Ee and its Tamil original version Naan Ee will be released simultaneously in the country and in abroad tooo.
'EXCEPT FOR SOME MINOR PATCHWORK WE COMPLETED SHOOTING IN JANUARY. .IT IS THE HUGE Level OF CG work for the film that IS TAKING MORE TIME THAN we had EXPECTED. Now, I can surely say that we can not release the film in April. .APRIL IS RULED OUT.BUT WE ARE DEFINITELY COMING IN MAY' says Rajamouli who however does not speicify the date of its release.