Hey there, folks! We’re back with our usual dose of South Indian cinema updates in our ‘South Newsmakers Of The Week.’ This week in August 2023 has been quite the rollercoaster, bringing us some exciting stories from the world of movies down South. We’re diving into the National Film Awards buzz, along with a bit of a stir caused by a certain superstar’s actions. So, let’s jump in and catch up on the latest happenings!
First off, let’s talk about the big news that had everyone talking – the National Film Awards. This time around, it’s a big deal for Allu Arjun. He bagged the ‘Best Actor’ National Film Award, making him the very first Telugu actor to do so. How awesome is that? His performance in ‘Pushpa: The Rise’ got him this well-deserved recognition. And guess what? The whole film fraternity, including stars like Alia Bhatt, Kriti Sanon, Samantha, Chiranjeevi, Ram Charan, Jr NTR, and more, joined in to celebrate his achievement. They flooded social media with heartfelt wishes, and fans couldn’t have been prouder.
Rajinikanth reacts to criticism for touching CM Yogi Adityanath’s feet
Moving on, let’s talk about a bit of drama. Rajinikanth, the legendary superstar, found himself in a bit of a pickle after a recent incident where he touched the feet of UP CM Yogi Adityanath. This gesture stirred up quite the online commotion. Some folks weren’t too happy about it and gave him a hard time. But hey, Rajinikanth handled it like a pro. In Chennai, he calmly explained, “I have this habit of seeking blessings from Yogis or Sanyasis by touching their feet, even if they’re younger than me.” Turns out, this happened during his spiritual journey to the Himalayas after his blockbuster movie ‘Jailer.’
Alright, now back to the awards scene. The 69th National Film Awards had some major winners. Not just Allu Arjun, but Alia Bhatt and Kriti Sanon too won the ‘Best Actor’ Awards. And let’s not forget the mega-hit ‘RRR,’ which snagged a whopping six awards across various categories. There’s more – the Kannada film ‘777 Charlie,’ the Malayalam gem ‘Home,’ and the Telugu hit ‘Uppena’ also got their share of the limelight with awards in their pockets. Oh, and the musical genius Devi Sri Prasad was not to be left out. He nailed the ‘Best Music’ National Award for his work in ‘Pushpa: The Rise.’
National Film Award Winners from the Southern Film Industry
The awards covered a range of categories, recognizing excellence all over the Southern film industry:
- Best Malayalam Film: ‘Home’
- Best Kannada Film: ‘777 Charlie’
- Best Telugu Film: ‘Uppena’
- Best Feature Film – Tamil: ‘Kadaisi Vivasayi’
- Best Choreography: ‘RRR,’ thanks to Prem Rakshith
- Best Special Effects: ‘RRR,’ credits to V Srinivas Mohan
- Best Stunt Master: ‘RRR’
- Best Music: ‘Pushpa: The Rise’ and ‘RRR’
- Best Debut Film: ‘Meppadiyan’
- Best Popular Wholesome Entertainment: ‘RRR’
- Best Action Direction: ‘RRR’
- Best Director: Sukumar
- Best Music Director: Devi Sri Prasad
- Best Lyrics: Chandrabose for the song ‘Dham Dham’ from ‘Konda Polam’
- Best Screenplay: ‘Nayattu’
- Best Male Singer: Kaala Bhairava for the song ‘Komuram Bheemudo’ from ‘RRR’
So, that’s the scoop for this week, my friends. Keep an eye out for more updates from the lively world of South Indian cinema. And while you’re at it, read up on the unexpected reunion of Kiccha Sudeep and Darshan at a recent party after a whole six years!