The Indian Centenary function was kick started with pride on Saturday evening (September 21) in Chennai. CM Jayalalithaa along with yesteryear actress B Sarojadevi, Simran and others inaugurated the function.
On the occasion, the state government, which has sanctioned Rs 10 crore for the mega-event, honoured 59 legends of Tamil film industry for the contribution to the growth of Kollywood industry. Jayalalitha, who was the chief guest of the evening, honoured all the awardees with a miniature model of bioscope for their contribution to Tamil cinema.
From direction to production to acting to music composing, members from different crafts of cinema were bestowed upon with the award. In the actors' segment, yesteryear stalwarts such as SS Rajendran, Manorama, MN Rajam, Rajashree, Sharada, Kanchana, Jamuna, Krishakumari, Sowcar Janaki, Jayaprada, Jayasudha, and Sivakumar were awarded.
Current generation actors such as Kamal Hassan, Rajinikanth, Trisha Krishnan, Meena, Simran and Vivek were too honoured. J Mahendran, CV Rajendran and P Vasu were honoured for their contribution as directors to the industry over the years.
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At the second day of the event Kannada film industry showcased its journey from the nasal stage to the present day. Kamal Hassan was the chief guest where he made an interesting statement. Continue reading the story on the slideshow...
Kamal Hassan Opens Up
Kamal Hassan spoke in Kannada and opened up on his connection with Sandalwood. He said that some of the greatest talents have emerged from Kannada film industry.
Sandalwood Is Close To Kamal
According to him, he has many good friends in Kannada films. Kamal Hassan would have attended even if he was not invited for the Kannada function.
"Namaskara. Some of my greatest heroes hail from Karnataka. I have many friends in the state. Even if I was not invited to the function, I would have come," the Times of India quoted Kamal Hassan as saying.
What he said next stunned the Kannada film fraternity. Kamal Hassan claimed that he would like to belong to Karnataka.
Wants To Belong To Karnataka
Kamal claims, "Film industry is one industry. If Kannadigas say Sarojamma (B Sarojadevi) belongs to them, Tamil Nadu people say she belongs to them. I would like to belong to Karnataka."
He statement was welcomed by Sandalwood men. They also gave him a huge round of applause.
However, singers such as LR Eswari, MS Rajeshwari and Jamuna Rani with music-violinist M. Ramasubramaniam and singer-composer Illayaraja were awarded on the opening day.
Renowned producers such as Saravanan of AVM group, Venkat Ram Reddy of Vijaya productions, Ramesh Prasad of Prasad lab & studios and R.B Chaudhary were also conferred the award.
Technicians such as Suresh (Anand Pictures Circuit), Jawahar (Delight Theatres, Coimbatore), Pulamaipithan (Lyricist), Aroor Das (Writer), N.S Varma and Babu (Cinematographers), R Vittal (Editor) and Sundaram (Choreographer) were awarded.
Delivering the presidential address, Jayalalitha looked back at her own days as an actress. "When I was an actress, celebrating 100 days run of a film at the Box Office was considered a rare achievement. Today, we are celebrating the centenary year of Indian cinema, and it is indeed a very special moment for all of us," she said.
With Inputs BY IANS