7 Popular Dubbing Artists You Need to Know About

 Vikram is one of the most popular actors in Tamil cinema. Fans love him for his talent and the story behind his climb to fame. But did you know, during Vikram's struggling days, he was a voice-over artist. Not just that, Vikram was the voice behind some of the popular actors. He dubbed for popular actor Ajith Kumar in Amaravathi, for Prabhu Deva in VIP and for Abbas in Kandukondain Kandukondain. Kollywood boasts of many dubbing artists who dub for top-league actors in the film industry. Have you ever wondered who the dubbing artists for Hansika, Trisha and Aishwarya Rai are? Read on to find out.

Savitha
The winner of three Tamil Nadu State Awards and three Andhra State Awards, Savitha is one of the most reputed dubbing artists in the south film industry. She has been in the industry for over 20 years and has worked in over 1000 films. Wow, now that's something! It doesn't stop there. This lovely lady has dubbed for Jyothika, Simran, Tamannaah, Nayanthara, Trisha, Amala Paul and Hansika. There was a time when she would dub for Simran and Jyothika on the same day for two different films. Recently, she dubbed for Hansika and Tamannaah who featured in an advertisement together. Another interesting fact is that she dubbed for Amala Paul in the film Deiva Thirumagal, whereas her daughter dubbed for Baby Sara's character in the same film. Savitha even dubbed for Aishwarya Rai in Enthiran. This is the proof that she's one of the most sought out dubbing artists in the Telugu and Tamil film industries.
 
Rana Daggubati:
The voice and the man behind the monstrous character Bhalal Dev has lent his voice to a major character in Avengers: Infinity War. Rana Daggubati is the voice behind Thanos in the telugu version of the Avengers. 
Here you can check out behind the scene video of Rana's dubbing for Thanos.
 
 
Raveena Ravi 

Loved the voice of Amy Jackson in I and Theri? The voice of the popular British actress is Raveena Ravi. Daughter of the dubbing artist, Sreeja Ravi and singer/dubbing artist Ravindranathan, Raveena began her career as a dubbing artist in 1999. However, she shot to fame after the film I. She also lent her voice for Nayanthara in the Malayalam film Bhaskar the Rascal and for Catherine Tresa in Kanithan. She is said to make her acting debut very soon. Looks like we'll finally get to see a face behind that lovely voice.

 Deepa Venkat
 "Poda unaku Then Mozhi, Kani Mozhi nu yevalachum kedaipa…" familiar with the voice behind this dialogue? It's a dialogue that was said by Nayanthara in Raja Rani, and the voice behind this popular dialogue is Deepa Venkat's. Apart from being a dubbing artist, Deepa Venkat is also an actress and an RJ.  In 2012, she won the Norway Tamil Film Festival Award for Best Dubbing Artist for Mayakkam Enna. She has also been awarded the Kalaimamani award by the Government of Tamil Nadu.
 
Chinmayi 
Apart from being a popular singer, Chinmayi is also a dubbing artist. She has dubbed for several lead actresses in Tamil films, including Tamannaah Bhatia, Sameera Reddy, Samantha Ruth Prabhu and Trisha Krishnan. However, she attained fame as a dubbing artist after she lent her voice for Jessie (played by Trisha) in Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. She also dubbed for the same characters in Telugu and Hindi versions of the film. This fetched her the Nandi Award from the Andhra Pradesh Government. She has dubbed for Samantha in several films including 24, A Aa and Brahmotsavam, making her the voice of Samantha.
 
Ravi Shankar
 
We all remember the terrifying voice of Pasupathi and his powerful command over the word Bommayi from the film Arundhati. The voice behind that is none other than the popular actor P. Ravi Shankar. The actor is known for appearing in negative roles in films. One may remember him from the Kannada film Kempe Gowda and the Tamil film Indru Netru Naalai. Ravi Shankar's effort as a dubbing artist has fetched him nine Nandi Awards. He is also the popular voice over artist for Ashish Vidyarthi in Telugu films. In the film Race Gurram, Ravi Shankar dubbed for three artists – Shaam, Ravi Kishan and Mukesh Rishi. This is commendable, isn't it?
 
TNB Kathiravan
One of Tamil cinema's most popular male dubbing artists is Kathiravan. He is the son of  yesteryear director TN Balu. Kathiravan has dubbed for several artists like Ashish Vidyarthi, Vidyut Jamwal, Sharath Lohitashwa, and for some Telugu films which have been released in Tamil.
 
Other Mentions
Vilasini has dubbed for Sri Divya in Maruthu, while popular actress Rohini has dubbed for Aishwarya Rai in Iruvar, Guru and Raavanan. She also dubbed for Jyothika in Vettaiyadu Vilayadu.
 
These artists deserve our love and respect. Make sure you share the list with your friends too!

5 Kollywood Sequels to Watch Out For

 The announcements of big film projects always excite the audience. This may be because these films feature a top-league actor, it boasts of a superb cast or may be has a gripping plot. Sequels make it big due to the treatment of the plot, and the entertainment value that they provide. Filmmakers these days are making sequels to their own films. These seem like rebooted versions of the original. For producers and directors, it is about building a brand image of the film. From Baahubali: the Conclusion to 2.0 – let’s take a look at some the most awaited sequels in Kollywood.

Baahubali: The Conclusion

Unarguably the most awaited sequel, Baahubali: The Conclusion is one film, the entire nation is waiting for. When Baahubali: The Beginning released in 2015, it went on to become one of the highest grossing films of the year, and also gained attention in the international film market. Although audience are waiting to see the visually stunning sequences in Indian epic (fiction), there is only one burning question that everyone needs answers to, which is – Why did Kattappa kill Baahubali? Well, you have to wait until 2017 to know the answer. 
 
2.0
 
Another big film that’s creating waves even before its release is the Rajinikanthstarrer 2.0. The film feature Bollywood actor, Akshay Kumar play the role of an antagonist in the film, Rajinikanth is likely to reprise his role as Dr. Vaseegaran. Director Shankar has recently mentioned that this will not be a sequel to Enthiran. Amy Jackson will add the glam factor to this film. Legacy Effects, an American special effects studio, who have worked on films like Avatar and The Jungle Book are working on the special effects for this film. We can’t wait to see the grandeur unfold!
 
S3
 
After delivering superhit films like Singam and Singam 2, Suriya and director Hari have teamed up for S3. Anushka Shetty and Shruti Haasan are the female leads in the film. Just like the last two films, this one too will be high on action with many punch dialogues. Durai Singam is sure to thrill us!
 
Vishwaroopam 2
 
One of the highest grossing Tamil films, Vishwaroopam that released in 2013, is a spy thriller that dealt with terrorism. The well-researched story gave away some details about RAW agents and terrorists. Kamal Haasans stellar performance was also the highlights of the film. Vishwaroopam ended on an open note, which indicated that the rest of the story will be revealed in the sequel. If reports are to be true, Vishwaroopam 2 is likely to release on Diwali this year.
 
Sandakozhi 2
 
Early this year, Vishal took to his social media page to announce that Sandakozhi 2 is shelved, and we were pretty disappointed. Now in a new turn of events, Vishal and the director Lingusamy announced on their social media pages that they are reviving the project and it will go on floors very soon. Set in Madurai, Sandakozhi was an action entertainer that featured popular actors like Rajkiran and Malayalam actor Lal.
 
Which one of these sequels are you waiting to watch? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Newsmakers of The Month: June

 The south Indian film industry produces some amazing films every week. From content-based stories to films that boast of a huge star cast, the audience gets to enjoy it all. Some of them turn out to be hits while others fail to make a mark at the box office. Apart from all the buzz about film releases, the leading actors of the film are creating headlines. Be it for their personal lives or the candid remarks they make, these celebrities are always in the limelight. The attention grabbers, the achievers and the newsmakers – we share a list of significant developments that unfolded in June.

1. A Aa Hits the 2.5 Million Mark
 

The Samantha and Nithiin-starrer, A Aa has reportedly grossed over 2.5 million at the U. S box office. Released on 2nd June, the film opened to a positive response from audience and critics alike. Looks like director Trivikram has achieved success once again. This also marks Samantha‘s third hit this year after Theri and 24.

2. Gentleman’s Victory
 

It looks like ‘Natural’ star Nani is having a dream run. His first film in 2016, Krishna Gadi Veera Prema Gadha was declared a hit at the box office. Now, his second of the year is also receiving a superb response. Directed by Mohanakrishna Indraganti, this edge-of-the-seat thriller had the audience asking for more. Nani is not a ‘villain’, he is in fact the ‘hero’ who is setting cash registers ringing. 

3. Niharika Konidela’s Debut 
 

The pretty lady of Tollywood’s Mega family (Chiranjeevi’s family), made her big screen debut with Oka Manasu. A love story, Oka Manasu also starred Naga Shaurya in the lead. Prior to this, Niharika was a television anchor and also featured in a web series, which was produced by her production house, Pink Elephant Pictures.

4. Prakash Raj to Remake Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu
 

Directed by Hemanth M. Rao, Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu released on 3rd June, and was well-received by the audience for its theme. The film depicted the life of a person with Alzheimer’s disease, and also focused on the bond shared between parents and their children. Actor/director Prakash Raj was so impressed by the film that he took to his social media account to announce that he would be remaking the film in Tamil and Telugu. The film industry is always game for good cinema, and we can’t wait for this one to start rolling.

5.  Vishal and Lingusamy Patch Up

 
It is a well known fact that Vishal and director Lingusamy had decided to call off their upcoming film, Sandakozhi 2, due to some differences. Now, it looks like the duo have buried the hatchet, and are all set to revive the project. The two also made the announcement on their social media pages respectively. The duo previously worked together for Sandakozhi which released in 2005.

6. Karthik Subbaraj Gets Warned
 

Director Karthik Subbaraj’s recent directorial venture Iraivi portrayed a producer in a negative light, and this didn’t go down too well with the producer’s council in Kollywood. According to a statement from them, the character (of a film producer) was based on the film producer who had produced Karthik Subbaraj’s previous project. The council has reportedly issued a Red Card on the director.

7. Nivin’s Signs Another Tamil Film
 

Mollywood sensation, Nivin Pauly is currently working on a Tamil film, which is directed by debutant director Gautham Ramachandran. Even before the release of that film, Nivin has signed his next big project. At the audio launch of Remo, Sivakarthikeyan announced that Nivin’s upcoming Tamil film will be scripted by R. D. Raja (the producer of Remo), and directed by debutant director Prabhu Radhakrishnan.

8. Kabali is Unstoppable
 
 

The audio of Rajinikanth’s much-hyped film Kabali was launched this month, and the film’s title track – Neruppu Da -has gone viral. In a first of sorts, the film will also be screened at Rex Cinemas, France which has a seating capacity of 2000. A leading airline company has also announced special flights from Bangalore to Chennai, so that fans don’t miss the first-day, first-show of the film.

9. Stars Descend at the Filmfare Awards (South)
 

Stars from the Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam film industries came together to attend the Filmfare Awards (South) to reward the artists and technicians of the South Indian film industries. Baahubali, Srimanthudu, and I were the big winners. While Vikram bagged the award for Best Actor for his performance in I, A. R. Rahman won the award for Best Music Director for the same film.

10. Simbu and Yuvan Shankar Raja Team Up
 

After collaborating on films like Vallavan and Manmadhan, music composer Yuvan Shakar Raja and Simbu are all set to work together for the upcoming film – Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan. The director of the film, Adhik Ravichandran took to his social media page to announce that the film will have nine songs.



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What South Stars Shared on Social Media: June

 Having a birthday party? Share it on Facebook. Going on a vacation? Post it on Instagram! The new digital age helps us share these very exciting details about our lives on social media. This keeps us connected to our friends, and tell the world what we’re really doing. And just like us, celebrities too use these platforms. Some of our favorite stars use their personal accounts to share some interesting aspects of their life. From details about their exclusive movie projects to intimate family moments, we get to see it all. South Indian stars also love their social pages! Let’s look at what our favorite stars have shared on social media in June.

Jayam Ravi
 

 
It’s no secret that Jayam Ravi and Arvind Swami share a bond, especially after the success of their film, Thani Oruvan. The actor shared this image from their upcoming film Bogan, and wished him on his birthday.
 
Dulquer Salmaan

 
 
The Kammattipadam actor was all smiles after catching up with his colleagues and friends at the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists (AMMA) meet. 
 
Shruti Haasan
 
 
Imagine getting a chance to work with the choreographer of Step Up! Well, Shruti Haasan had a chance to work with for her upcoming film, Sabash Naidu. She posted this picture with Jamal Sims.
 
Atharvaa
 
 
Monday morning blues? That’s something that doesn’t affect Atharvaa. The actor posted this picture and captioned it – "Monday blues? Nah! 😀 ‪#‎FreshStart‬ ‪#‎NewWeek‬ ‪#‎Pumped‬"
 
Rana Daggubati
 
 
Rana Daggubati shares a light moment with the Telugu Titans at Pro Kabbadi.
 
Keerthy Suresh
 
 
Keerthy Suresh posted this image of the Kabali fever catching up. #NeruppuDa 
 
Sivakarthikeyan
 
 
Sivakarthikeyan took to his social page to wish his friend Arunraja Kamaraj, who is also the lyricist and singer of Neruppu Da.
 
Nazriya
 
 
The pretty Bangalore Days actress also took to her social media page to wish her father on his birthday. This is a sweet picture, isn’t it?
 
Trisha 
 
 
After completing the shoot of her upcoming film Mohini, in London, Trisha posted this image and thanked the city for being good to her.
 
Hansika Motwani
 
 
Hansika Motwani shot an ad film with the famed ad filmmaker, Prahlad Kakkar. She looked pretty in her traditional avatar.
 
Who is your favorite celeb? Tell us in the comments section below.
 

Samantha and Naga Chaitanya All Set to Get Hitched!

 Samantha is one actress who is popular in both Tollywood and Kollywood. With hits like Theri, 24 and A Aa, Samantha is having a dream run in 2016. Now, the actress is in the news for other reasons. Ever since Samantha confessed in an interview that she is not single, gossip mongers began to speculate who the pretty actress is dating. And the leads soon came in when Samantha and Naga Chaitanya were spotted together at a movie screening, the airport and on a balcony (the couple is rumored to be living together). The sources suggested that they two are indeed dating and are taking their relationship to the next level. Reports suggest that the families have met and given their consent for the wedding. 


 
Samantha is currently wrapping up her upcoming release, Janatha Garage. She even took to her social media account saying she will not be signing any new releases for a while. Meanwhile, Naga Chaitanya is completing the shoot of his film Premam. The two are likely to get hitched once they complete their professional commitments. The couple first appeared together in the romantic drama Ye Maaya Chesava and went on to star in films like Manam and Autonagar Surya. Although the two love birds are keeping mum about this, the media is currently waiting to hear an official statement from them. 
 

But wait, there’s more! Naga Chaitanya isn’t the only Akkineni in love. His brother, Akhil has recently announced that he is indeed dating somebody and has introduced his lady love to his parents, Nagarjuna and Amala Akkineni. Looks like wedding bells are soon going to ring in the Akkineni household. We wish them the very best!
 
 

Remo Needs Your Attention!

 We all remember the good looking and charming Remo (played by Vikram) from director Shankar’s Anniyan. Now, a film has been titled ‘Remo’ and it is the hottest film in the trade right now. If you’re a fan of Kollywood cinema, then you would have guessed what we’re talking about. Starring Sivakarthikeyan in the lead, Remo is directed by debutant director, Bakkiyaraj Kannan. The hype surrounding the film went a step further after the makers decided to host a grand event to unveil the first-look poster and motion poster of the film. Considering that filmmakers usually launch the logos and posters of their films on social media, instead of opting for an event, it looks like the team of Remo are going to be setting new trends.

 

The highly-anticipated first look that was launched at the event demands your attention! The poster features Sivakarthikeyan dressed as a nurse. Not just that, with hazel brown eyes, pink lipstick and a neat bouffant hairdo, this ‘nurse akka‘ looks quite ‘pretty’. Looks like the female lead of the film, Keerthy Suresh has some competition! The second poster also features the actor seated on a car, saluting. The title of the film also has the gender symbols of both male and female, to indicate that Sivakarthikeyan might either play the role of a female nurse in the film or a transgender person. 
 
The motion poster was also a treat. It begins by showing Cupid, who shoots his arrow at Sivakarthikeyan, who is seen sporting a mustache, and within seconds the actor is transformed into the avatar of a female nurse. Now, that’s surely intriguing. The first look did not disappoint!


 
What did you think about Sivakarthikeyan’s look?  Tell us in the comments section below.
 

Is Sundar C’s Next Bigger than Baahubali?

 Director Sundar C is popular for directing commercial entertainers that are high on comedy. Be it Ullathai Allitha or Aranmanai 2, the common factor in most of his films is the comic element. Sundar C also proved his mettle as a director when he made Anbe Sivam, starring Kamal Haasan in the lead. A far cry from the usual list of films directed by him, Anbe Sivam was a thought-provoking drama handled with sensitivity. He has also directed Superstar Rajinikanth in Arunachalam, which was tailormade for the Superstar. Now, the director has recently announced that he will be directing a mega-budget historical film. for the production house, Thenandal Films. This will be their 100th film. The film is likely to be made in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. 

Initially, there were reports that Suriya and Mahesh Babu might be a part of this film, however, the latest name to do the rounds on social media is Ilayathalapathy Vijay. However, the director hasn’t confirmed it yet. In a recent interview, Sundar C has announced that he will reveal the details very soon. 
 
 
Reports suggest that this will be the costliest Indian film, with a star cast and budget even bigger than 2.0 or Baahubali. Sundar C has gone on to say that the project will take two years to get complete and that he would not be doing any film during this period. 
 
Wow, isn’t this big news? Who do you think should star in this film? Tell us in the comments section below.
 

Happy Birthday Vijay – The Hero of The Masses

 If there’s an actor who dances effortlessly, performs action sequences with ease and pulls the ‘mass’ hero avatar easily, then it is Kollywood’s charming actor, Vijay. Fondly known as Ilayathalapathy (young general), Vijay began career as a solo hero in Naalaya Theerpu (1992). From then on Vijay has acted in over 59 films. Some of them are hits, some blockbusters and some gained critical success. Some of the popular films in his career are Ghilli, Pokkiri and Thuppakki. These films proved that he is an actor who chooses roles that are high on content, without compromising on the commercial elements of the film. On the occasion of his birthday, we bring you some lesser known facts about the actor.

1. Vijay began his career as a child artist in the film Vetri, which was directed by his father S. A. Chandrasekhar. He then went on to star in close to 10 films, which were all directed by his father, including his solo hero debut, Naalaya Theerpu.
 
 
2.  Vijay‘s younger sister Vidhya Chandrasekhar passed away when she was only 2 years old. As a tribute, his family started a production house and named it V. V. Creations (Vs representing the names – Vijay and Vidhya). This production house also produced Vijay’s first film.
 
 
3. On his birthday every year, Vijay is known for gifting gold chains/rings to newborns at government hospitals.
 
 
4. Vijay is also responsible for starting the Vijay Makkal Iyakkam (launched in Pudukottai on 26 July 2009). The organization carries out philanthropic activities. They educated a number of school-going children through his foundation.
 
 
5.  In 2008, Vijay was signed up as an ambassador for the Indian Premier League cricket team Chennai Super Kings. He also starred in a Coca-Cola advertisement, which also co-starred Katrina Kaif.
 
Keep rocking, Ilayathalapathy! 
 

4 Directors Who Are Changing the Face of Kannada Cinema

 Kannada cinema can be considered to be one of the growing film industries in India. Every year, the Kannada film industry produces films of different genres. Some are content driven while the others are masala entertainers. Late Kannada film legends actor Rajkumar and director Puttanna Kanagal are often named as those who helped build Kannada cinema. While Rajkumar is regarded as a force who shaped the Kannada film industry, Puttanna Kanagal is hailed as one of Kannada cinema’s greatest directors. Now, the Kannada film industry is recognized for more reasons. A fresh brigade of filmmakers are now delivering new age films that are gaining the attention of other film industries. Here’s a list of some directors who are changing the face of Kannada cinema.

 
Before Films: Anup Bhandari worked as an engineer at Infosys for nine years.
 
 
Imagine a film still running in cinemas almost a year after its release! The film RangiTaranga has accomplished this terrific feat. in 2016, The film is still screening at cinema houses in Bangalore. But what’s special about this Kannada film? Directed by debutant Anup Bhandari, this horror-thriller stayed almost true to its genre and not using any English/Hindi language in the dialogues or songs. The plot of the film revolves around a novelist and his wife who visit a remote village where the two encounter mysterious events. The success of the film made it eligible for the nomination list for the 88th Academy Awards. However, the film failed to make it to the final nomination list. Anup Bhandari was also the music composer of the film. 
 
 
Before Films: Pawan Kumar was a college dropout (he quit engineering)
 
 
If there’s a film which challenged the traditional sequence of a way a film is presented, it is Lucia. Directed by Pawan Kumar, this film revolved around a man’s addiction to a pill, that took helped him achieve the impossible. The film’s climax also came as a surprise. The unique style of this presentation, along and its technical brilliance has made this film an interesting watch. In 2016, Pawan Kumar proved that he wasn’t a one-hit wonder, as his latest film U Turn opened to overwhelming response. The film shed light on the road safety rules. The film’s gripping story put a spin on the thriller genre. This film was also screened at the New York Indian Film Festival.
 
 
Before Films: Rakshit Shetty worked as an engineer.
 
 
Rakshit Shetty is gradually cementing his position as an actor and director in the Kannada film industry. He made his directorial debut with the film Ulidavaru Kandanthe. The film was set in a small fishing town and was an anthology of five stories. The film won him Rakshit Shetty the Karnataka State Award and Filmfare Award. Rakshit Shetty’s latest film as an actor, Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu, has also gained positive reviews.
 
 
Before Films: Raam Reddy is an economics graduate.
 
 
Director Raam Reddy’s directorial debut, Thithi, is winning accolades from all over the world. The film is a comedy that follows three generations of sons reacting to the death of the oldest in their clan, Century Gowda. The unique aspect of this film is that it featured non-professional actors. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Kannada. The film also won the Golden Leopard at the 68th Locarno International Film Festival last year and it is believed to have been nominated in three more categories: Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay, at Shanghai International Film Festival. Famed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola also showered praise on the film. Now, that’s something!
 
All these new age directors have delivered some content-driven films that appealed to the viewers. Have you watched any of these films? If you haven’t, you should watch them right away!
 

Who Will Win At The South Filmfare Awards?

 Award ceremonies are a great way to see all your favorite stars under one roof. They are fun to watch and keep us guessing as to who’ll bag the award. One of the most prestigious award shows in India is the Filmfare Awards (South). This much-awaited award show aims to reward the artists and technicians of the South Indian film industries. Artists from Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam film industries are  presented with honors. The nomination list for the 63rd Filmfare Awards (South) was announced recently, and had us placing our bets on the artists who would take home the trophy. Take a look at our predictions for this year’s Filmfare Awards (South) for Kollywood.


    
BEST FILM    

36 Vayadhinile
I
Kaaka Muttai
Ok Kanmani
Papanasam
Thani Oruvan

Who Should Win: Kaaka Muttai
Who Will Win: Thani Oruvan

After bagging awards at several other award shows and winning appreciation from critics and audience alike, Thani Oruvan is indisputably going to be the winner in this category. Thani Oruvan was a gripping thriller that was easily one of the best films of the year. The engaging cat-and-mouse chase sequence between Siddharth Abhimanyu and Mithran had us at the edge of our seats. In terms of rock-solid entertainment, I also worked well. It was Beauty and The Beast meets commercial Tamil cinema, which was what made it a fun watch. National Award-winning film Kaaka Muttai was a layered film which focused on poverty, globalization and how the media works. A film that put a smile on our face. It would be great to have that acknowledged with an award.
 

BEST DIRECTOR    

Mohan Raja – Thani Oruvan
Jeethu Joseph – Papanasam
Mani Ratnam – Ok Kanmani
Manikandan – Kaaka Muttai
Rosshan Andrrews – 36 Vayadhinile
Shankar – I

Who Should Win: Mani Ratnam
Who Will Win: Mohan Raja
 
Interestingly, Mohan Raja, who was earlier known as Remake Raja (after making seven hit remakes), finally proved his mettle by delivering his most original film till date. The direction was taut and the story-telling was crisp. Mani Ratnam‘s beautiful and subtle treatment of live-in relationships and modern day love won many hearts, however, it didn’t quite strike a chord with many people.
 

BEST ACTOR (MALE)    
 
Ajith Kumar – Yennai Arindhal
Dhanush – Anegan
Jayam Ravi – Thani Oruvan
Kamal Haasan – Papanasam
Vikram – I
    
Who Should Win: Vikram 
Who Will Win: Jayam Ravi

If you’re a fan of Tamil films, then you would’ve surely heard about Vikram’s dedication to undergo a physical transformation for a role in a film. In I, Vikram lost about 35 kgs to appear as a man suffering from a disease, and gained extreme muscle weight and developed a chiseled body for his look as a bodybuilder. The actor went on to shine in the film, and this won him a lot of praise. However, going by the awards won by Jayam Ravi for his role in Thani Oruvan, it is safe to say that he is also a strong contender for this award.
 

BEST ACTOR (FEMALE)    
 
Aishwarya Rajesh – Kakka Muttai
Gautami – Papanasam
Jyothika – 36 Vayadhinile
Nayanthara – Naanum Rowdy Dhaan
Nithya Menen – Ok Kanmani
    
Who Should Win: Jyothika
Who Will win: Nayanthara

Nayanthara is currently regarded as the numero uno actress in Tamil cinema. Last year, she appeared in a handful of films that got her appreciation. One film of hers which released last year was Naanum Rowdy Dhaan. Nayanthara played the role of Kadhambari, a young girl who struggles to find the man who broke her family apart. What made her performance special was that she dubbed for herself in the film. However, we do feel that she should’ve been nominated for her performance in Maya, in which she delivered a subtle yet impressive performance. Jyothika was welcomed with a positive response from the audience for her role in her comeback film, 36 Vayadhinile. Her performance made us realize how much we missed the actress in the last few years.  
 

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (MALE )  
 
Arun Vijay – Yennai Arindhal
Arvind Swami – Thani Oruvan
Parthiepan – Naanum Rowdy Dhaan
Prakash Raj – Ok Kanmani
K. S. Ravikumar – Thanga Magan
    
Who Should Win: Prakash Raj | Arvind Swami
Who Will Win:  Arvind Swami

Siddharth Abhimanyu a.k.a Arvind Swami is the most stylish, smart and menacing villain Tamil cinema has seen in recent times. His charm, wit and confidence as the greedy scientist, had the audience almost caring for the antagonist. He could’ve also been nominated in the Best Actor category, and we would still place our bets on him. After playing the baddie several times, Prakash Raj donned the role of an ‘actor’ in Ok Kanmani, in which he played the role of a supportive husband. A refreshing change from the roles we’ve seen him play recently. 
    

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE (FEMALE )    
 
Asha Sarath – Papanasam
Devadharsini – 36 Vayadhinile
Leela Samson – Ok Kanmani
Parvathy Nair – Yennai Arindhal
Raadhika Sarathkumar – Thangamagan
    
Who Should Win: Leela Samson | Asha Sarath
Who Will Win: Raadhika Sarathkumar

Raadhika Sarathkumar is a pro when it comes to playing the role of a mother in films. In Thanga Magan, she played a mother to Dhanush, and did it effortlessly well. However, she should’ve been nominated for her performance in Naanum Rowdy Dhaan instead of this one. Her performance as a caring and over-protective mother in Naanum Rowdy Dhaan, is our favorite. Leela Samson’s portrayal as a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease is what you call a moving act. She spoke with her eyes, and conveyed a sense of vulnerability through her body language, making you teary-eyed. Asha Sarath‘s portrayal of a strict police officer made the thrilling story of Papanasam look believable. We loved her performance as well.
 

BEST MUSIC    

Anirudh Ravichander – Maari
Anirudh Ravichander – Naanum Rowdy Dhaan
A. R. Rahman – I
A. R. Rahman – Ok Kanmani
Harris Jayaraj – Yennai Arindhal
    
Who Should Win: A. R. Rahman
Who Will Win: Anirudh Ravichander

Anirudh Ravichander’s music in Naanum Rowdy Dhan and Maari worked well for the respective films. They were instantly catchy tunes with foot-tapping music.  Although Maari didn’t receive favourable response from the audience, the music certainly did. A. R. Rahman’s gave two impressive albums in the past year, and both were a striking contrast. While Ok Kanmani had several melodious numbers, I matched perfectly with the story. Both his albums served as proof as to why he is called the ‘Mozart of Madras’.

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