The 63rd National Film Awards were announced on Monday morning. However, while fans of Tamil cinema had quite a few reasons to celebrate, they were not happy. Kollywood bagged six awards, but many in Tamil Nadu felt the coveted Best Actor should have gone to Vikram for his performance in Shankar's I, instead of Amitabh Bachchan for Piku!
Director Vetrimaran’s critically acclaimed Visaranai, bagged three National Awards, including the best feature film in Tamil. Actor Samuthirakani bagged the Best Supporting Actor award, playing a duty-bound cop in the film, which also won the Best Editor award for Kishore, who passed away last year.
Music maestro Ilaiyaraaja won the best background score award for his 1,000th film, the Bala-directed Tharai Thapattai, highlighting the lost art of Tamil folk music. This is the fifth time the maestro is being conferred a National Award.
Chennai-based Sruti Harihara Subramaniam’s feature documentary — A Far Afternoon: A Painted Saga — won an award for Best Art Cultural film.
Newcomer Ritika Singh, a Punjabi girl who made her debut in R Madhavan’s Irudhi Suttru (the Tamil version of Saala Khadoos), was given an award as the Best Actress in the Special Mention category. Ritika was simply terrific in the role of a slum girl who becomes a boxing champion and was in the running along with Parvathy, for the Malayalam film Ennu Ninte Moideen.
Meanwhile fans of actor Vikram have been going berserk on the social media, creating memes saying that the actor deserved the best actor award for his fantastic dual role in I. PC Sreeram, the ace National Award-winning cinematographer who did the camerawork for the film stirred up a hornet's nest when he said that sometimes, the National Awards missed the point, and that it was not Vikram's loss.
On Monday, he tweeted:
No award for vikram (kenny)
the nation awards many times misses its point.
Its not vikrams loss
its loss to the national awards.
— pcsreeram (@pcsreeram) March 28, 2016
PC Sreeram is adman-turned-director R Balki’s regular cameraman and has worked with Amitabh Bachchan in films like Cheeni Kum, Paa, Shamitabh and now, Ki & Ka. Sreeram’s tweet was a great boost to Vikram's fans, who are convinced that the actor was overlooked because there was nobody to campaign for him at the national level.