It was a colourful evening at Palace Grounds on Sunday (March 3) with Sandalwood biggies gracing the venue to be part of Udaya Film Awards. The event was no less than a festival for cine-goers as they saw their favourite celebs thrilling them with stage performances.
The awards instituted by popular Kannada channel Udaya TV was attended by bigwigs like V Ravichandran, Shivaraj Kumar, Upendra, Shriya Saran, Ganesh, Dwarakish, SV Rajendra Singh Babu, Radhika Pandit, Puneet Rajkumar and many others.
Upendra was given the Udaya Film Best Actor Award for the third time. His performance in Kalpana was honoured as he beat other nominees - Darshan (Kranthiveera Sangoli Rayanna), Yogesh (Sidlingu), Vijay (Bheema Theeradalli) and Puneet Rajkumar (Anna Bond). The Real Star had earlier won the Best Actor award for A and Nagarahaavu in 1998 and 2004, respectively.
Radhika Pandit won the Best Actress Award for her acting in Addhuri. She was also nominated for the same category for the movie Drama. Ramya (Katariveera Surasundarangi), Bhavana (Bhagirathi), and Priyamani (Charulatha) were the other nominees.
Lifetime Achievement Awards
Well-deserving Lifetime Achievement awards were given to Dwarkish, Lakshmi, S Janaki and PB Srinivas for their outstanding contribution towards Kannada film industry.
Best Movie of The Year
The jury had a difficult time choosing the Best Film Award as there were many good films in 2012. But in the end, it was Darshan's historical film Kranthi Veera Sangolli Rayanna, which won the award. Drama, Yedegarike, Bheema Theeradalli and Addhuri were in the race. Follow the slideshow to see the pictures and winners...