Monday, October 01, 2007

Tamil Nadu State Awards - 2005, 2006

The Tamil Nadu State Film awards were for both 2005 and 2006 were announced a few weeks ago. Indian film awards rarely award real talent. Politics, regional biases, nepotism all play a part in the awards, resulting in real talent rarely getting rewarded (I think the most glaring example of this is the fact that Sivaji never won a National award while MGR won the Best Actor award – and for Rickshaakkaaran of all movies!). All the aforementioned occur in our own State awards too. No one even pretends that the awards are serious and everyone knows that that the awards have only two criteria – spread out the awards among many different films and personalities to ensure that the awards function is really well-attended and hand out prominent awards to popular actors so they are kept happy and on good terms with the ruling party. The recently announced awards are further proof of this.

Rajnikanth won the best actor award for Chandramukhi and I’ll be the first to accept that of all his recent movies (except maybe Baba), he deserved the award least for Chandramukhi. Barring the scenes where he played Vettaiyan, his performance was pretty average. I really thought Vikram would win the award since it was a high-profile, critically-praised performance in a commercially successful movie. But he missed out on even the ‘Special Prize’ for Best Actor, which went to Vijay(for Tiruppaachi) and Surya (for Ghajini). Vikram must’ve really pissed off someone on the award committee! Jo won the Best Actress award for Chandramukhi and though she was more deserving of the award, it would have to be more for her hard work than her performance. Meera Jasmine won the Special Prize for Best Actress. While Chandramukhi won Best Picture, Shankar snapped up the Best Director award for Anniyan. Raj Kiran and Kalairani won the Character Artiste awards (did some party protest against calling it the Supporting Actor/Actress awards?!) for Sandakkozhi and Kodambakkam respectively.

The 2006 awards actually seem a lot more fair and there’s not much cause for complaint there. Not all winners were the best in their category but only a couple of the major categories had winners that were blatantly undeserving. Best Actor went to Kamal for Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu and Best Actress went to Priyamani for Paruthi Veeran. I feel Karthi was way more deserving of an award for Paruthi Veeran but he had to be happy with the Special Prize for Best Actor. Sandhya got the Special Prize for Best Actress for Dishyum. Veyyil won the Best Film award while Thirumurugan won the Best Director award for Em Magan. Among the laughably silly awards – Best Storywriter for Perarasu for Tirupathi (this might have more for Ajith though, to ensure that he was related to atleast 1 award since Varalaaru was completely shut out). Also surprising was Pasupathy winning the Best Villain award for E, though I’m pretty sure his character in it can’t be characterized as a villain. Guess they had to find an award for him after he lost out the Best Character Artiste to Nasser, who won it for Em Magan.

While on the topic of awards, did anyone catch the awards show telecast on SUN TV on Vinayaka Chaturthi? That had to be the most pathetic awards show I’ve ever seen. It was attended by very few of our actors and it was so obvious from the awards given out that the only aim of the show was to give out an award to everyone who was kind enough to attend the function. So we had to watch atrocities like Mumtaj getting an award for acting and Deva’s son getting an award for best music director (Aish fans who didn’t watch the show… consider yourselves really lucky since you missed seeing Mumtaj dance for Dhoom Machaale…!). The weirdest award though was a ‘Best Magician’ award that was handed out to Alex! I still have no idea what that award was for.


At 8:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A gross miscarriage of justice will be no award given for the 2 colossals of fine acting - Simbu & T Rajendhar.

At 8:40 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

anon, i guess we should be thankful for small mercies! then again, veerasamy was released in 07. so justice might still prevail :)

At 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Think of it this way, Balaji.. When else will Mumtaz and Srikanth Deva ever win an award?.. Ippadi yaaraavadhu kadal kadandhu avaaLa ayashindu pOyi award koduththaa dhaan undu! :-) ;-)

I can't quite remember the Filmfare list.. but I am looking forward to seeing that awards show tomorrow morning on Sun TV for Gandhi Jayanthi..

I don't know about anybody else, but I am thoroughly enjoying this whole Sun TV vs. Kalaignyar TV bit. With Sun showing so many high-profile films recently even during weekday afternoons (shrinking their afternoon newscast to a bare 5 minute headlines!) to all these special programs (can someone please tell me if Sun has ever bothered to celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in all these years??.. but then boom.. they gear up full fledged for a head to head with Kalaignyar TV for two whole days!)..

This is great!.. Let the war continue.. Sun TV has become a movie lovers paradise! :-) ;-) (Surely, the programming hasn't gotten any better.. as Sun continues to pry on other channels' programming, primarily Vijay for sustenance!).. but Ooh and Masthana Masthana with Meena & Tharunkumar drawing daggars at contestants.. is mighty spicy and heated even by Sun's standards..

At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Balaji, for the aside on Sun TV & Kalaignyar TV.. just wanted to share that with everybody.. not intended to go off topic.. Sorry that I did! :-) ;-)

At 2:39 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That award show was organized by the Singapore Tourism Board. They did the same thing with the bollywood film frat 2 years ago and it was a huge success, drawing tourists from around the region. Starstruck people waited outside hotels and shopping malls just to have a glimpse of the bollywood biggies.

The board thought it could duplicate the same success and hype with the guys from the south. Well it thought wrong cos as much as south indian stars are famous here, its bollywood that the other races predominantly watch and would pay big bucks to see on stage. Thus ticket sales were slow and kollywood's big stars refused to come.

So you can see why the organizers had to resort to giving awards for the lighting men and tea boys.

Balaji its great to have you back.


At 7:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Award shows have always been laughable- even the high profile ones like the Filmfare.

Bad compering by clowns like anandha kannan(and his annoying sidekick with cat eyes, who figures in every show these days, I dont even remember her name), a series of record dances by fat actresses in the name of entertainment. This is one area where they have still not bothered to ape the West and the Oscars ceremony yet, and no that is not quite a compliment. Atleast someone like Vivek can come up with some interesting wisecracks if he is compering. I can't stand these SUN TV comperes, all of whom have the same mannerisms and nothing intelligent to say

SUN TV seems to have lost the one or two popular hosts they had like Pepsi Uma to Kalaignar TV(talk about ditching SUN TV overnight after enjoying fame and developing the fanbase for 14 years via SUN TV, hmmm, but then expecting loyalty in TV/cinema is futile to the point of being foolish I think), which means more Ananda kannan/sidekick in every award and film function show from hereon. Yikes!
Overall, Will SUN be driven to be more creative with the advent of Kalaignar TV, or will they just throw in the towel and make more megaserials to keep their core audience intact? Some of the programmes on Vijay/Jaya are pretty good, well compered and presented neatly. The Sun might set soon, if they dont do something about it.

At 8:20 AM, Blogger Raju said...

As I mentioned in your post on Rajini 2 weeks ago, the TN state awards ago are probably among the silliest among all of the awards.. 'Rickshawkaran' notwithstanding, they were not this bad until a few years ago..

Off the topic, can anyone tell me which satellite/cable TV network telecasts Kalaignar TV in the US?

At 11:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post about the pathetic nature of our Awards selection! Sivaji never won the "Best Actor" National award. To compound the insult, he was awarded a "Special jury award" for Thevar Magan. I think he refused to accept that award!


At 5:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently saw a Vijay TV awards show online, which was totally entertaining, at (Click on 'Home' and then 'Vijay TV's Awards Showz' on the left). I was only looking for a 10-min break, but ended up watching the whole show!

At 5:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Also, did I mention that the Vijay awards were apparently given based on people votes? It made it a little bit authentic... but they still made sure they gave some kinda award to all the heroes sitting in the front seat!!! Would anyone know who those Singapore Tamil rappers are? They are really good I thought.


At 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

its funny how awards in general have become one huge joke. it happens in the US as well with stories of how Miramax routinely "buys" Oscars! Its been a long time since i've seen an awards show filled with deserving candidates. if i am rite, the "cinema express" awards are pretty good indicators of true quality. i remember watching the show in 2000 or 2001 (yes, been a long time, as i said!) and i remember people like Sakthi Chidambaram (Best Dialogues award for "Ennama Kannu") given due credit for their work. but these days, i end up watching the shows just to stargaze a little...! dont think there's anything more to these award shows...!
BB, i look fwd to ur end-of-the-year awards more! since, u dont feel the need to please anyone...dont prove me wrong by handing out the best actress award to shreya for ur shivaji!

At 6:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anu the rappers are from malaysia actually. They are Yogi B and Natchatra.


At 10:40 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

sandya, didnt know about the telecast of the filmfare awards today but based on the last couple of years, the filmfare awards seemed to be quite correct.

gayathri, "awards for the lighting men and tea boys" - that was hilarious :)
and thanx :)

vijay, u left out tacky sets, atrociously dressed extras for the dances, etc. :)

raju, havent heard about kalaignar tv being recd in the US. will let u know if i hear from anyone :)

kumar, yeah i think sivaji did get the special jury award but not sure he rejected it :)

ram, maybe for rajni but shriya? ennai romba insult pannite :)

At 10:30 AM, Blogger Karthik Sriram said...

Awards for Thirupachi and Thirupathi - it better not to get awards like these.....



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