Filmmaker Bala won the best direction for portraying realisms in Naan Kadavul while Gautham Menon was felicitated with Best popular movie for Vaaranam Aayiram. Soon after receiving the award, Gautham interacted with media channels saying that he"s so thankful for his producers, who laid a great trust on him and accepted to produce this film, his technicians, Surya and all three heroines – Sameera Reddy, Divya and Simran.
This is the first National award received by Gautham Menon, who made his debut directorial with Minnale followed by Kaakha Kaakha, Pacchaikili Muthucharam and Vettaiyadu Vilayaadu. His recent release Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya has been ennobled as the one of the best top-drawers of this year.
Vaaranam Aayiram centers on father-son relationship with Surya himself enacting the dual roles.