64th National Film Awards 2017: With 18 wins in total, South films have many reasons to celebrate
Tamil films Joker and 24, Telugu film Pellichoopulu are among the south Indian films that won big at the 64th National Film Awards 2017.
Chennai: Southern films figured prominently at the 64th National Film Awards announced on Friday with Pellichoopulu, Puli Murugan, Joker and 24 bagging top honours.
The six industries of the south - Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Tulu and Konkani - bagged a total of 18 awards.
In Tamil filmdom, critically-acclaimed political satire Joker, actor Suriya-starrer science-fiction thriller 24 and Dharmadurai bagged a total of six awards.
Raju Murugan-directed Joker bagged Best Tamil Film and Best Playback Singer for Sundara Iyer. 24 pocketed awards for Best Production Design for Amit Ray and Subratra Chakraborty, Best Cinematography for Tirru and Best Visual Effects. Veteran lyricist Vairamuthu won his seventh National Award for the song 'Endha Pakkam' from Vijay Sethupathi-starrer Dharmadurai.
Telugu industry bagged a total of three awards. Indie romantic-drama Pellichoopulu was awarded the Best Film in the language, while Shatamanam Bhavati bagged the Best Popular Film award for providing wholesome entertainment. Raju Sundaram bagged the Best Choreographer award for Jr NTR-starrer Janatha Garage.
Malayalam industry bagged five awards including Best Film for Mahesinte Prathikaram and Best Actress to Surabhi CM for her film Minnaminungu - The Firefly. Adhish Praveen won Best Child Artist for Kunju Daivam. Peter Hein bagged an award for Best Stunt Choreography, introduced for the first time, for Puli Murugan.
Superstar Mohanlal won a Special Jury award for his performances in films such as Puli Murugan, Janatha Garage and Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol.
While the Kannada industry bagged two awards, Konkani and Tulu industries pocketed an award each. Best Kannada Film award went to Reservation, while Bapu Padmanabha won the Best Music Director award for the film Allama.
Madipu won the award for Best Tulu film and K Sera Sera- Ghodpachem Ghoddtelem was awarded the Best Konkani film.
Subscribe to Moneycontrol Pro at ₹499 for the first year. Use code PRO499. Limited period offer. *T&C apply
Chakravyuh, the eight-episode series backed by Applause Entertainment, will premiere on MX Player on 12 March.
Sara Ali Khan, Dhanush, Akshay Kumar's AtrangiRe, directed by Aanand L Rai, to release in theatres on 6 August
AtrangiRe, which reunites Dhanush and Aanand L Rai after their 2013 critical hit Raanjhanaa, will feature Akshay Kumar in a "special role."
Ranveer Singh announced that 83 would simultaneously release in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam.