Everybody loves award ceremonies. You get to see all your favourite stars under one roof, you wait for your favourite star to win the award, and you get to see a whole lot of stars performing. Most award ceremonies may be over, but there is one that’s yet to be held. And that is the SIIMA- South Indian International Movie Awards. Like all other popular awards events, SIIMA also aims to reward the artists and technicians of the South Indian film industry. After all the voting, the red-carpet parade and the star-studded press meets, the event is finally set to take place in Dubai on 6th and 7th August. 



Dhanush, Sivakarthikeyan, Trisha and Simbu dominated the awards category last year. While Kadal and Mariyaan swept the awards under the technical category, Soodu Kaavum was hailed as the Best Film of the year, making us believe in the integrity of the awards. This year, Madras and Kaththi dominate the technical awards category, while VIP has the maximum nominations. Let’s review some predictions for the list of winners for this year.

Best Actor

When this year’s best actor category was announced we were pretty sure that Vijay and Dhanush would be nominated. After all, they are the stars who dominated 2014 with their commercially appealing films Kaththi and VIP. Dhanush brought out a mix of the star and actor in him. Vijay delivered a subtle yet powerful performance in Kaththi. But, what seemed odd is Siddharth being nominated for Jigarthanda, while he should be nominated for his superb performance in Kaaviya Thalaivan. Bobby Simha’s menacing role as ‘Assault Sethu’ should’ve earned him a nomination under this same category, instead he was nominated under the ‘Best supporting actor’ category. His power-packed performance and on-screen presence were the reasons why this movie got such a positive response! Karthi earned himself nominations with his big come-back film, Madras. And no doubt, he delivered a good performance

Who should win: Dhanush

Who will win: Dhanush

Best Actress

All the actresses in this category are definitely talented, but sadly, none of them were able to grip us with their performance. Amala Paul’s appearance in VIP was only to look pretty and smile throughout. Considering the fact that she won the Vijay Award, it wouldn’t be a surprise if she wins this one as well. Samantha’s blink-and-miss role in Kaththi didn’t offer her scope to perform. Ditto for Lakshmi Menon’s role. Vedhika definitely made a mark with her performance. But if we have to award somebody, then it would be Hansika for her solid performance in Aranmanai. She carried this dull horror-comedy on her shoulders!

Who should win: Hansika

Who will win: Amala Paul/Hansika

Best Film

With VIP, Kaththi, Goli Soda, Madras and Jigarthanda nominated under this category, the decision of choosing the winner is indeed difficult! The only disappointing news is that the phenomenal horror film, Pisaasu, wasn’t even nominated! Madras won everybody’s hearts- the film that revolved around a wall turned out to be a winner. But the writing wasn’t strong enough. VIP told a story about an unemployed youth and his quest to find a suitable job. VIP won the hearts of the masses, and increased Dhanush’s fan-following. 

Who should win: Goli Soda

Who will win: Kaththi/VIP

Best Director

Saivam is a new inclusion in this list. A sweet and simple tale of a child who tries to save her pet rooster, drew attention for it’s simplicity. It can also be said that it was director AL Vijay’s most original work! Jigarthanda can be listed as cult film, but there were several reports that stated that it’s inspired from a Korean film. Given the fact that originality plays the key role in this category, we’re not too sure if this film will win it. But nonetheless, it’s a terrific film! We’re pretty disappointed that director Velraj didn’t get a nomination for his film VIP. He can be credited for bringing the ‘middle-class’ touch to the film. While Ranjith’s Madras was a gripping watch, director AR. Murugadoss made a film like Kaththi, which had a social message to deliver. 

Who should win: AR. Murgadoss

Who will win: AR. Murgadoss

Best Music Director

 A. R. Rahman gave four albums last year, and he has been nominated under this category for the film Kaaviya Thalaivan. The music of this film took us back to the pre-Independence era. Great tunes, melodious numbers and also a superb song that spoke about patriotism. He also composed for Kochadaiiyaan, one of the most-underrated albums of the year. We’re not happy with the fact that this wasn’t listed under the nominations. Santosh Narayanan’s music for Madras was haunting-  addictive folk numbers that brought out the essence of North Madras. He also scored superbly for the film Jigarthanda. But out of the two, we’re pretty sure this award won’t go to either of them. Considering the fact that Anirudh won at the Filmfare and the Vijay Awards for his composition for the film VIP, he might be the pick of the audience.

Who should win: A. R. Rahman 

Who will win: Anirudh Ravichander 

Who will win this year’s SIIMA? Who is your pick? Let us know in the comments below!