Monday, August 01, 2005

52nd South Filmfare Awards Show

The 52nd South Filmfare Awards program was telecast on Sun TV yesterday. Since there are no real multistarrers in Tamil, such award programs are the next best thing since they allow us to see a number of stars in the same place at the same time. And the Filmfare awards are the most popular among such shows. No Rajni or Kamal but it was a star-studded event with actors from all 4 South Indian languages making an appearance.

It was a good program overall. The stage decorations were relatively tastefully done with a huge mask in the back signifying the 'masquerade' theme of the show. The dances were well-choreographed without any obvious lack of synchronization though the group dancers all seemed to be dancing in their underwear! And there didn't seem to be any goof-ups in the actual awards presentations.

The program started with a behind-the-scenes segment. This was a nice touch since it allowed us to have a glimpse of the amount of work that goes into organizing a show on such a large scale. The only bad aspect was that you had to see Sadha without makeup during her rehearsals :-)

Probably in the interest of time, the speeches given by most artistes was cut and replaced with personal interviews. The questions were lame and repetitive and very few stars managed to rise above the questions and make their answers interesting.

And now on to some awards for the show itself...

Best looking actresses - Jyothika and Trisha

Actor bearing most resemblance to someone else - Sarathkumar, who with mottai and dark sunglasses, looked like Rakesh Roshan.

Most Disappointing Speech - Vivek, who had some funny stuff to say about the statuette but couldn't convey it well in English

Most surprising transformation - Kiran, who has thinned down quite unbelievably

Best dancer - Rahasya

Worst dancer - Ramya (her Bharatanatyam, during her tribute to Soundarya, was horrible)

Best old woman trying to look like a young woman - Rekha (the Hindi actress)

Best old woman looking like a young woman - Trisha's mom

Lowest hip saree - Katrina Kaif

Best Nandhi - The unidentifiable woman who sat between Surya and Jyothika

Best 'Cycle Gap' comment - Surya offering special thanks to Jo "without whom his Best Actor award wouldn't have been possible" (guess the director and the rest of the unit had nothing to do with it!)


At 11:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

andha comperes pathi solla uttutiye, BB...thaannnnnga mudiyala...
that weird looking guy and that jung...very ordinary...they couldnt come up with a single interesting idea to spice up the show...

At 1:25 AM, Blogger Kaps said...

(thankfully) I missed this. everybody seems to be talking about the compere...and I also read somewhere that he is a Singaporean guy. Is he Ananda Kannan who comes on K TV?

Looks like u hv a soft corner for Trisha's family....maybe u should prepare another post on trisha's drunken behaviour to dispell such rumours.

Dancer Ramya - is this Kuthu Ramya or Ramya Kannan.

At 5:25 AM, Blogger NS said...

Yeah Kaps it is the oh-so-irritating Ananda kannan only!! He is jus intolerable!

And the dancer wasnt Ramya Krishnan... the other one...

BB, Trisha mattum illama, ava ammava kooda sight adikkareengala??;-) Agree with u abt Vivek's speech... it was rather sad!

At 6:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


i guess you people didnt notice that ananda kannan & the other lady werent actually compering the show. their segment was recorded either after or before the show.

the show was held in hyderabad and i dont think these guyz wud be allowed to host in tamil. all award winners spoke in english. so thats a give - away.

At 7:03 AM, Blogger Ganesh said...

item dance numbers pathi neenga onnume sollalaye ?

At 7:34 AM, Blogger Munimma said...

yep, was planning to blog about the same. So Surya and Vivek both mentioned Jo's name in connection with former. does that mean this is a public announcement?

Who thought Ramya could do B'natyam!!!!

At least the MCs spoke tolerable tamil :-)

I recorded it since I saw it in bits and pieces. Will need to look again at the Nandhi. Could it have been his sis?

You forgot Maddy with his long hair :-)

Kiran did seem like she lost her enormous thoppai.

Bharadwaj's wife was more impressed with being on tv than getting the award :-)

There was another girl sitting in the front that the cam zoomed to often. Couldn't recognize her!

Chiru's daughters were sitting next to him?

At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yep thats brindha surya's sis,and chaperone;)
grapevine says he's waiting to see her married off and live happily ever after:)
hi balaji and co,missed being in ur bb thots:)so
!kcab em emoclew
ps even ramarajan had better dress sense than Anandha kannan!:)

At 8:45 AM, Blogger Gnana Kirukan said...

that is surya's sister..yeah and the anchors were duplicates..they anchored seperately..and it was horrible!! the original anchors were Shriya Reddy and someother guy!!

Kiran must also get the award for being so scary!!

At 10:20 AM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

Surya thanked Jo for that one other award too ... i forgot which taht one was...

man I was tryna stay awake so I can watch Ragasiya dance for "theepidikka" and I couldnt, I gave up and went to sleep.. (I gotten back from my night duty just then).

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Balaji said...

the fotos i saw on the web had different comperers. so i guess as anon and arjuna mentioned, sun tv made them compere separately and then edited them in. they were pretty pathetic but in hindsight, it can't be easy compering a non-existent show for an invisible audience :) i guess sun tv did a good job since me(and a few commenters i see) weren't able to notice it!

kaps/nithya, edho unbiaseda oru observation panna udane soft corner/sight aagiduma? my sight reserved only for jo :) those awards i gave were just observations ;)

At 11:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

kaps, you wrote "Dancer Ramya - is this Kuthu Ramya or Ramya Kannan."

first of all, ramya krishnan-a ramya kannan-nu sonnathey thappu...! and, if bj said something -ve about rams (krishan) ....onnum solla maataaru...but in case, he said something -ve about her, would've taken him to task...!

At 1:14 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ganesh, they were good but nothing special. adhaan onum sollala. rahasya was the best as i mentioned...

munimma, was wondering about that too. they do make a very cute pair :)
from other DBs on here it looks like nandhi was surya's sis :)
maddy pathi ezhudha i leave to the womenfolk :) enakku oru jo madhiri :)

rekhs, missed u too. welcome back :)

rajesh, true. they have so many pix usually.

merino, liked her dance for the remixed 'thulluvadho ilamai' better. she dances very professionally and seems to enjoy it too. guess thats what makes it so good :)

At 5:25 PM, Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

I was at work...I missed it. Most of the people who saw this ( in my group) commented about 'semi nudity' in the dances.

Lowest hip saree - Katrina Kaif
Wow...Romba anubavichu paathirukkeenga.! Umm..I missed it.!

At 6:09 PM, Blogger ioiio said...

Best Nandhi - Lol :))

At 6:12 PM, Blogger ada-paavi!!!! said...

nice owrk,
Kaps yes it wsa ananda kannan frm singapore, (avan daddi creates more interest tan wat he says!)

ill look into ur list,

At 6:59 PM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

Madhavan stunk, End of story. He looks gay with that hair.

Anyways.. That Ananda kannan is the dude who comes in "mugurtham" soap opera? =P... gawd i would just like to squish him under my shoes.

At 7:21 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

u too narayanan?! anubavichu ellam pakalinga... elaam oru social service thaan! passive observer :) but u're right. group dancers were semi-nude!

ioiio, ungalaye sirika vechutene :)

vatsan, avan dadi avlo famousa?!

merino, first aditya(kolangal) and now ananda kannan! list getting longer :)

At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

bb, neenge romba gudhikkara rahasiyaa-vum rahasiyam-aa thaan thuni pottundu irundhaa!

At 10:38 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

ram, true. dress code for all dancers needs to made more decent.

At 1:40 AM, Blogger Orange Fronkey said...

balaji, adding "baddhu" from kanavarukkaaga into the list also...

lol :P. although she takes the number one spot.

we need a real life anniyan.

At 3:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

while indiaglitz is usually a great site. the following provided a very extensive photo gallery of the show, beyond what was relayed through SUN TV. enjoy.

just passing by-

At 10:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My whole family love the handsome Anandha Kannan for his witty interviews in Sun Music. Thousand and thousand viewers (children, elderlies, professionals etc.,) like his compere in SunMusic.

He is helping Chennai Tamilians viewers to use many forgotten Tamil words such as ‘Illathu Arasi’ for ‘housewife’ & ‘kaitholai pesi’ for ‘cell phone’.

He has been rated as one of the best compere (for Radio as well) by many magazines and newspapers. He also the hero in ‘Sindupath’ serials which is shown on Sundays only.

It's sad to see negative remarks made about him by negative tasteless peoples. Learn to see the 'half full'.


At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was very upset and angry to read the following defamatory remarks made by 'Marino I. C.' about Anandha Kannan. Could someone let me know how to reach this person and the person belongs to this blog.

"..At 6:59 PM, Merino I. C. said...
Madhavan stunk, End of story. He looks gay with that hair.

Anyways.. That Ananda kannan is the dude who comes in "mugurtham" soap opera? =P... gawd i would just like to squish him under my shoes.."


At 8:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ananda Kannan — His take on fame

The following was published in New Indian Express on 7.7.2005.

CHENNAI: It is as much his style with accessories as with words that
have made Ananda Kannan one of the popular VJs in the less-than-a-
year-old Sun Music channel, which is increasingly emerging as a fun
hang-out spot on TV.

Be it his daily ``Ellam Unakaga'' or his 11.30 am Sunday special, it
is riotsville all right. Typical comments include, ``Which dog did
you give your head to?'' when he sported a new hairstyle. Another
viewer called up, wanting him to get rid of that `cockroach' on his
face — a reference to his miniscule beard.

But it is not all scandalously cheeky all the time. A mother of two
sons said the happiest hour for her entire family is when he is on
air, since her two mentally challenged sons, aged 21 and 24, enjoy

``I don't care if I am clown as long as I make some people happy,''
says Ananda.

Today, his hair is platinum bleach, and with a deadpan face he
confesses that he has two stylists. One to tend to his top and the
other to his facial hair!

The next moment he surprises you by saying that he tends to ponder
most of the time. In fact, it was to find the answers to questions
like, ``What is life? What is sex? What is money?'' that he came to
India from Singapore.

Armed with a professional degree, he had every intention of majoring
in Indian folklore, something that's lost in today's, but got
diverted by the `performer bug'.

His entry was the regular database shift, before he progressed to
more `exciting' work. His `Hai kutties' was something he enjoyed.
Between shoots, he takes time to learn salsa, Bharathanatyam and
traditional drums. Whatever for? He plans to present a one-hour
dance programme sometime this year.

``I am selective about what I do,'' he says. Currently, he is
directing a health documentary for a friend. Having directed a short
film called `Toy' with friends, which won a German award, he gained
confidence, he says.

``Actually, I attended a workshop run by an Israeli and it helped me
understand that one has to work for one's own satisfaction. After
all, if you are not there for two days, people will forget you. Such
is fame.''

Does it not bother him ? ``Oh! I have plenty of ideas, including
taking folklore to a global audience,'' he replies.

Just ignore the insulting words of ignorant peoples.
'Kazhuthai ariyuma karpoora vasanai'.


At 5:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

HI Guys,

Do you know that Anantha Kannan is gay! He is married but he is gay alright. I think many Indian stars are living a double life like the way he does. cheers

At 11:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

mr anonymous,

i wonder how u can certify a person 2 be gay ?!! it's only possible if u r a man n been `out` wif him or watever...

Anyway, `kuraikure naai kadikaathu`.. so all the egative comments made by the ppl out ther r jus 'kuraiku' sound.. ha ha ha

God Bless all


At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ms PrincesS, Neruppu yillama puhaiyathu athaiyum konjam remember

At 1:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sad to hear people comment in such negative ways about a talented person. Just because he dresses in different ways, it doesn't give people the right to insult him this way. I think he is doing a good job, and I think he speaks good tamil too. If you can't praise good work, then please don't say anything. Even to judge someone else, you need qualifications of your own.

At 1:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

REPLY TO: MR/MS ANONYMOUS comment:Ms PrincesS, Neruppu yillama puhaiyathu athaiyum konjam remember

Mr/Ms Anonymous,
I can see from your comment that you are VERY VERY weak in chemistry. I wonder how old you are, because your comment is very old. Neruppu illamai puhai varum! Go take some introductory classes in chemistry! Athu mathiri thaan, truth illamaiyum gossips varum. I don't know how old you are, but if you are talking about this then let me assume you are at least 18, please act your age; and get a life!

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