Ramya Tweeted, "Just deplaned! Off to bed! Tweet later in the evening. I'm hosting the show tonight at the Gollapudi Srinivas Award for best debut. Maestro Amjad Ali Khan Saab is performing!" In her second post, the actress tweeted, "The Gollapudi Srinivas Award for best debut director is being given to Amit Rai for Road to Sangam! Anybody watched it? I'm gonna get a copy and watch it."
The award is given by Maruthi Rao in memory of his son Srinivas, who died in 1992 at the age of 26. The Annual Gollapudi Srinivas National award consists of a memento and a whopping cash prize of Rs 1.50 lakh. It is meant to recognise the talent of the Best Directorial Debut. This year, the award goes to Amit Rai for his directorial debut venture Road to Sangam.
Divya Spandana will compere the show and Bollywood actor Anil Kapoor will present the award to Amit Rai tonight (12th August) at a function in Chennai. Vidya Balan and Madhur Bhandarkar will grace the occasion. Sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan is performing and veteran artist Girish Karnad will deliver a memorial lecture on 'Mythology on Celluloid".