The prestigious 63rd Filmfare Awards South was held on Saturday(June 18) in Hyderabad. The who's who of South industries were present in the event, making it even more colorful.
Nominations for the awards were announced almost a month ago, and cinema lovers were given the responsibility to select the best in 12 categories, in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam. Let's take a look as to who won awards in Kannada Cinema.
Puneeth Rajkumar was selected as Best Actor (Male) for power packed performance in Pavan Wadeyar's Ranavikrama. Parul Yadav was Best Actor (Female) for her performance in Aatagara.
Sai Kumar was the Best Supporting Actor for Rangitaranga. This was Sai Kumar's first Filmfare award for a Kannada film and third award, overall. Sai Kumar was quite ecstatic in his speech for the same reason. Sudha Rani was selected as Best Supporting Actor (Female) for her subtle performance in Vaasthu Prakaara.
Like all the award ceremonies this year, Anup Bhandari's Rangitaranga produced by HK Prakash was selected as Best Film in Filmfare as well. No prizes for guessing, Anup Bhandari won the best director award for Rangitaranga.
Anup Bhandari received a thunderous applause from the crowd for his fantastic speech during which he requested bigwigs from other industries to support Kannada cinema by providing a few screens for Kannada cinema, which is on the rise, in their respective states.
Sridhar V Sambhram was the Best Music Director for Krishna Leela. This was first Filmfare award for Sridhar. Sridhar won State Award for the same movie as well. Jayanth Kaikini received Best Lyrics award for his song Nenape Nitya Mallige from Suri's Kendasampige.
Santosh Venki was Best Singer (Male) for his soulful rendering of Raja Rani from Rhaate and Inchara Rao was Best Singer (Female) for Kareyole from Rangitaranga. This was the first Filmfare award for both Santosh and Inchara. As one can expect, they were joyful with the arrival of first black lady.
The Critics Award for Best Actor (Male) was Sanchaari Vijay for his splendid performance in Naanu Avanalla.. Avalu for which he won both National and State awards. The Critics Award for Best Actor (Female) was Rachita Ram for her cheerful performance in Ranna.
It was Rangitaranga's show yet again, with the team winning 4 awards. Apart from these awards and speeches from the Kannada stars, there were few dazzling performances from Kannada stars Haripriya, Amulya and Pranitha. In fact the awards event started off with Haripriya's performance for Kannada medley songs.
Fans were not happy with selections for awards like Best Actor (Female) and a few other awards. But at the end of the day, these are selected by the audiences and we need to respect their selections.
The event will be telecasted very soon on television, and we are as anxious as you are, to watch the speeches and performances of the Kannada stars. Congratulations to all the winners and best wishes for the next time to all the stars who didn't win the award this time.