Mangaluru, November 24: The Tulu Movie awards were presented on Saturday November 22nd, a remarkable day in the history of Tulu movie industry. The event was organized by Red FM 93.5 at Nehru Maidan, Mangaluru.
Tulu film ‘Oriyardori Asal’, won the award for the Best Film. The movie was conferred as many as six awards in various categories, including the Best Director (H S Rajshekar) and the Best Actor in a Comic Role (Navin D Padil).
K N Tailor Veteran Tulu artiste, was honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Tulu cinema over the decades.
The Best Actor (Male) award was presented to Arjun Kapikad for ‘Telikeda Bolli’ while the Best Actor (Female) award went to Pakhi Hegde for her role in ‘Bangarda Kural’.
The event was graced Bollywood actor Sunil Shetty. Lauding the organizers for taking the initiative to recognize and honour Tulu film talents, he said, “This is a great day for the Tulu film industry, a day to appreciate the local talent.
“One of the first movies I had watched was Koti Chennaya, which inspired me. I never thought I would reach Bollywood, but whatever my achievements may be, in my entire life I have never let Tulunadu down, and I feel proud that I kept up the name of Tulunadu wherever I went. I am excited to see the large crowd that has gathered this evening. Keep up your support to Tulu film industry always,” he said.
Sunil Shetty was honoured for his contribution to the film industry.
This evening ceremony, was inaugurated by a host of dignitaries including health minister U T Khadar, DC A B Ibrahim, Mayor Mahabala Maarla, Red FM CEO B Surendra, SP Dr Sharanappa, Sadananda Suvarna- senior filmmaker and National Award winner, City Gold Group Managing Director Abdul Kareem, Chilly Willy Foods Managing Director Satheesh Venkataraman from Dubai, Mookambika Temple managing trustee Krishnaprasad Adyanthaya and COO of RedRocks Group Prashanth Rasquinha.
Addressing the gathering, U T Khadar said, “Today is a great day. This is a step towards taking Tulu film industry to the national and internation levels and making it more popular. I thank the organizers Red FM for initiating this, and wish them all success.”
Sadananda Survarna said, “This is a festive sesason for the Tulu industry. Earlier, it was consdered that Tulu films had no market and so people were afraid to invest. With ‘Oriyardori Asal’ a benchmark for Tulu movies was set, where people started to believe that even Tulu industry can do well. Thereafter, many movies got released and became Tulu cinema emerged again.”
A B Ibrahim Deputy Commissioner also lauded the organizers and pointed out that 2014 had been a remarkable year for Tulu industry as three major films were released and also the first Tulu Film Awards was hosted.
The Award jury Kasargod Chinna and Vasanth Kadri were also honored by Amarnath Shetty and Khadar on the occasion.
Apart from the film awards, Satheesh Venkataraman of Chilly Willy presented seven special awards – to ‘Gaggara’ Tulu movie, Sadashiva Shetty, ‘Bangar Patler’, ‘Nirel’, Sarojini Shetty, Seetharam Kulal and Pradeep – to mark the launch of Chilly Willy products in Mangaluru.
Brilliant dances by various crews including ‘Friction’, ‘City Guys’ and Bhargavi troupe from Udupi added more glamour and charm to the ceremony. Noted magician Kudroli Ganesh drew the attention of the audience and adding attraction was Mookambika chende crew.
Actress Akshata Maarla also performed. The promotion of upcoming film ‘Ka’ with a special dance was showcased during the event. Audio CD of ‘Bire Dev Pooje’ was also released.
The gathering was welcomed by RJ Prasanna. The show was beautifully hosted by emcees Nagaraj, Madhu, Anurag and Chitra.
At the beginning of the ceremony, invocation was done by Children of Canara School.
The awards lists are as follows.
Lifetime Achievement Award – K N Tailor
Best Film – Oriyordori Asal
Best Actor (Male) – Arjun Kapikad for Thelikada Bolli
Best Actor (Female) – Pakhi Hegde for Bangarda Kural
Best Director – H S Rajshekar for Oriyardori Asal
Best Actor in a Comic Role – Navin D Padil for Oriyardori Asal
Best Male Playback Singer – Udit Narayan for Oriyardori Asal
Best Female Playback Singer – Sangeeta Balachandra for Kadala Mage
Best Music Director – A K Vijay for Oriyardori Asal
Best Choreography – Madan Harini – Telikeda Bolli
Best Actor in a Negative Role – Gopinath Bhat for Telikeda Bolli
Best Supporting Actor – B S Boloor
Best Supporting Actress – Shakuntala Shetty for Kanchilda Bale
Best Child Artiste Award – Baby Chitra for Kanchilda Bale
Best Lyricist – V Manohar for Barke
Best Editor – Srinivas Babu for Oriyardori Asal
Best Cinema Developer Award – P L Ravi for Kanchilda Bale
Best Background Score – Sathish Babu for Oriyardori Asal
Best Art Direction – Tamma Lakshman for Kadala Mage
Best Action – Harish Shetty for Bangarda Kural
Best Dialogue – Devdas Kapikad for Telikeda Bolli
Best Screenplay – Ram Shetty for Bangarda Kural
Best Story – Sudhakar Bannanje