Southern spice seems to be restricted to the food. The tinsel world here will have none of it. And so, film magazines of the South read like a studio reporter's diary, interviews are strictly polite conversations, and Quick Gun Murugan chooses to have his masala dosa and whisky on Channel V.
So what do you expect at an awards function for this industry? No nominees, no fancy evening gowns and no senti thank you speeches, thank you. Even stage performances will require significant Bollywood inputs - do you expect Chiranjeevi or Kamal Haasan to be dancing on stage?
Yet, for the star-struck, this is as good as it gets down here. While calling it a glitzy evening will be stretching it a bit, it will definitely be positive on star-power. This is the list of this year's winners is as follows:
Best Actor - Venkatesh ("Jayam Manadera")
Best Actress - Richa Pallod ("Nuvve Kaavaali")
Best Film - Nuvve Kaavaali
Best Director - K Vijaya Bhaskar ("Nuvve Kaavaali")
Best Music Director - Manisharma ("Chirunavvutho")
Best Actor - Kamal Hasan ("Hey Ram")
Best Actress - Jyothika ("Kushi")
Best Film - Kandukondein Kandukondein
Best Director - Rajiv Menon ("Kandukondein Kandukondein")
Best Music Director - A R Rehman ("Alay Payudhey")
Best Actor - Mammootty ("Arayannam Galude Vedu")
Best Actress - Samyukta Varma ("Mala")
Best Film - Karunam
Best Director - Jayaraj ("Karunam")
Best Music Director - Mohan Sithara ("Joker")
Best Actress - Sudharani
Best Film - Sparsh
Best Director - Sunil Kumar Desai ("Sparsh")
Best Music Director - Hamsalekha ("Preethsee").
The Chief Minister N Chandra Babu Naidu will give away the awards. Please contact the venue for further details.