55th annual Filmfare Awards 2008 – Photo Gallery

It was oozing glamour and glitz at the 55th Tiger Balm Filmfare Awards (South) 2007, at the Nehru Indoor Stadium.

Paruthiveeran made a near-clean sweep winning six of the 12 awards in the Tamil category. It won the awards in the following categories:

Best Actor- Karthi, Best Actress- Priyamani, Best Director- Ameer, Best Actor in Supporting Role (Male) – Saravanan, Best Actor in Supporting Role (Female) – Sujatha. Above all the film won the coveted Best Film Award for its producer Gnanavel Raja. This is what one might call a walkover!

The other awards in the popular category included Best Music Director AR Rahman for his scintillating score in Sivaji. Lyricist Pa Vijay bagged the award for his lilting lyrics for Unnale Unnale’s title track. SP Balasubramaniyam won the Best Playback (Male) for the song Kannal Pesum Penne from Mozhi, while Sadhana Sargam got the Best Playback (Female) for the song Akkam Pakkam from Kireedam.

KV Anand walked away with the Best Cinematographer award for Sivaji while Prem Rakshit was conferred the Best Choreographer title for Azhagiya Tamil Magan. Veteran actor Sivakumar received a standing ovation as he was presented with the Lifetime Award for his achievements in the industry.

While it was a clean sweep again in Tollywood for Sekhar Kamula’s Happy Days, which won six out of the twelve awards, including best film and director, the Sandalwood awards were shared between Aa Dinagalu and Duniya.

The event wherein the bold, the beautiful and the brazen from Kollywood had all converged was a night that celebrated talent and feted creative brilliance in the field of entertainment.

The title sponsor of the show was Tiger Balm and the associate sponsor was BSNL. Telecast partner was Sun TV Network Ltd and the event was supported by Radio Mirchi. Black Dog United Spirits was one of the partners as was Oriental Cine Advertising Pvt Ltd. Hospitality partner was The Park, and the event was managed by 360º Experience with Oxygen Entertainment as event consultants.

The stars descended in Chennai’s Nehru Indoor Stadium to celebrate the hard work the film fraternity had put in the year gone by. With Mohanlal holding the Malayalam film industry flag high, actors like Tabu, Venkatesh, Junior NTR and Nayantara kept the Telegu film fans ecstatic, the Kannada film industry was represented by Vijay and Rashmi and it was Khushboo leading the path for Tamil cinema along with Madhavan, Karthik and Suriya.

While Telegu Film Happy Days walked away with the highest honours of 6 awards, it was music maestro, AR Rahman who had much to cheer about. Although missing from the action, Rahman collected his 22nd Filmfare award for best music, which is a record.

Tamil superstars Suriya and Karthik celebrated a double whammy when their father Siva Kumar was honoured for his lifetime achievement award and Karthik took the coveted best actor award for his film, Paruthiveeran.

The best actor for a Malayalam film when to Mohanlal for his Paradesi . An emotional winner, Mohanlal said, “I consider Paradesi as a landmark in my filmi career.” Kannada actor Vijay collected the best actor award for Duniya while Telegu superstar Junior NTR for his Yamadonga . In his inimitable style, Junior NTR said, “I think these are blessings from my grandfather, who is looking after me from top.”

The South Filmfare awards always decides the fate of actresses and those who celebrated their success were Kannanda actress Rashmi for Duniya , Malayalam sensation Meena Jasmine for Orekadal and Tamil film’s current favourite Priyamani for Paruthiveeran . Celebrating her third best actress Filmfare award was Telegu’s Trisha. She received the award from none other than her co-star, Venkatesh. Trisha gushed, “I want to thank my fans, co-stars, director and most of all to the Telegu film industry for some of my best films till date.”

The night was made special by several dance acts. A riot of colour, vigorous dance movements to thumping music and excited shrieks of fans were seen and heard as dancing divas like Rambha, Divya, Hansika, Mamika and Shreya Sarin took the stage by storm. Adding to the variety was a classical dance act by Shobhana and Vineet, who planned their own choreography.

Also awarded for her contribution to Indian cinema was actress turned politician, Jaya Pradha.

But the night belonged to the dashing Maddy. As the anchor of the show, he was quick with his repartees, jubilant with the success of his friends and charming to his heroines. Getting special attention was the lissome Tabu, whom Maddy actually convinced to sing a line on stage.

Katrina Kaif, the sexiest woman as was declared by a popular fashion and style magazine, attended the event to add the Bollywood zing. A four hour spectacle that was special in its celebration of unity of four different film fraternities.

It’s all glitz and glamour in Chennai, ‘Paruthi Veeran’ sweeps the southern Filmfare awards. It rained stars at the 55th South Indian filmfare awards, as all the big names of the South Indian film industry walked the red carpet in Chennai.

It was bonhomie for movie buffs down south, as the most prominent personalities of the South Indian film industry descended at the Filmfare awards. It was a star studded affair with celebrities like Tabu, Shriya Saran, Madhavan and Chiranjeevi adding limelight to the glorious event.

According to Shriya Saran, “Filmfare awards are always a lot fun, people wait for these awards here. I’m really excited as I’m performing. So it’s a double-bonus.” While actress Trisha states, “It’s always a very nice feeling. You get to meet the entire industry and it’s a lot of pomp and grandeur. It’s always nice to be there.”
Well it oozed loads of talent and creativity at the awards ceremony, and the bold and the beautiful got together to celebrate a night of talent and creative brilliance.

Winning six of 12 awards, ‘Paruthiveeran’ made a near clean-sweep and as usual it was none other than music maestro A R Rehman, who bagged best ‘Music Director’ award. But the biggest moment of the night was when actress Jaya Prada walked away with the Lifetime Achievement award.

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