Wednesday, 27 December 2017

The 2nd Annual Suki Awards- 2017

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It’s that time of the year again and The Annual Suki Awards is back for it’s 2nd Edition. The Suki Awards is a small effort from my side to reflect on all the Tamil films that I watched in that year and come up with my own nominations for each category and its winner.

Last year’s edition saw only 5 categories in with which are as of below

Best Song- Won by “Thali Pogathey”
Best Supporting Actor- Won by Vijay Sethupathi for “Iravi”
Best Actress- Won by Rithika Singh for “Iruthu Sutru”
Best Film- Won by “Visarnai”
Best Actor- Won by Athakathi Dinesh for “Visarnai”

In the 2nd Edition, we decided to push up a gear higher and double the number of categories to 10. This year’s Suki Awards will see the following categories

Best Supporting Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Song
Best Music Director
Best Villain
Best Screenplay
Best Director
Best Actress
Best Movie
Best Actor

The nominations and winners here are done purely based on Tamil Films which I HAVE WATCHED ONLY. There if it is a film I am yet to watch, the movie, cast and crew will not be considered for the nomination and awards.

Here is a list of films which I have watched in 2017.

Now let’s kick start the event today with the very first category, The Best Supporting Actress. And the nominees are:

Andrea Jeremiah as “Pritha” In Thuparivaalan
Anjali Varadhan as “Emily” In Aruvi
Madonna Sebastian as Young “Poonthendral” In Pa Pandi
Nithiyaa Menon as “Aishwarya Vetrimaaran” In Mersal
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar as “Chandra” In Vikram Vedha

And the winner is Nithiyaa Menon for her bold portal in “Mersal”. Nithiyaa Menon took on the role with full of grace and dominance playing it to a near perfect execution. Without a doubt she is a deserving winner and we hope to see more films from her in a capacity as a lead heroine in 2018.

Moving to next award, it is for The Best Supporting Actor. This was indeed a very tough category for me to pick my 5 nominees and a couple of actors who did give excellence performances had to be omitted out as there is only 5 nominees

The nominees for The Best Supporting Actor are:

Azhagam Ravi as “Barnabas” In Taramani
Bharathiraja as “Sundaram” In Kurangu Boomai
Bose Venkat as “Sathya” in Theeran Adhigaram Ondru
M.S.Bhaskar as “Krishnamurthy” In 8 Thottakal
Ramdoss as “Winnings” In Maanagaram

At the start of the year I was very confident that Ramdoss will take the award for his portrayal as “Winnings” in Maanagaram, but then M.S Bhaskar performance in 8 Thottakal just blew me away and he is the winner of The Best Supporting Actor in the 2017 Suki Awards.

I urge you strongly to check out the scene whereby M.S.Bhaskar sits in the cafeteria and narrates a story to hero in this film. It was indeed top-class performance.

It is time for some music and now we have the award for The Best Song award. 2017 was a great musical year and we were blessed with too many amazing songs. It was almost impossible to pick just 5 songs as the nominees. I had to hear back all the songs a countless number of times and here are the nominees of The Suki Awards Best Song:

Aalaporaan Thamizhan from Mersal
Iraiva from Velaikkaran
Vaan from Kaatru Veliyidai
Venpani Malare from Pa Pandi
Yaanji from Vikram Vedha

And the winner is Aalapooraan Thamizhan. This is a song which never fails to give me the goosebumps every time I hear it. There is something magical about this song which words can’t describe.

Moving on now is time for The Best Music Director Award. The Best Song Award is given for the judgement of one song only while The Best Music Director Award is to be judge upon the completeness of the overall album and the BGM of the film.
The nominees are:

M.M. Keeravani for Baahubali 2
A R Rahman for Kaatru Veliyidai
A R Rahman for Mersal
Sean Roldan for Pa Pandi
Sam CS for Vikram Vedha

Once again, this was indeed a tough decision to make. Every music director gave something very special and memorable in these films but there can only be 1 winner. The 2017 Suki Awards for The Best Music Director foes to…… A. R Rahman for Kaatru Veliyidai.

With that we are done with the music elements of the awards and now we have a category which I am most excited about. It is The Best Villain Award. 2017 has seen a great number of powerful villains come forward and it is good to see actors embracing these roles. I’m a firm believer that the more powerful the villain is, the more it makes the hero to stand out.

In the spirit of that here are the nomination for The Best Villain Award

Abimanyu Singh as “Oma” In Theeran Adhigaram Ondru
Elango Kumaravel as “Shekar” In Kurangu Boomai
Rana Daggubati as “Bhallaladeva” In Baahubali 2
SJ Surya as “Sudalai” In Spyder
Vinay as “Devil” In Thuparivaalan

The winner for The Best Villain Award goes to SJ Surya for his performance in Spyder. This is a category that had so many actors providing strong performances, but it was hard to pick a winner in it as what SJ Surya showed in Spyder was something very special and a class of its own.

Moving on next is to The Best Screenplay Award and the nominees are

Kurangu Boomai
Theeran Adhigaram Ondru
Vikram Vedha

I believe all these 5 films had amazing screenplay written in it. Many moments in the film did “wow” me and after much consideration the winner for The Best Screenplay is Maanagaram.

With screenplay comes direction and here is the nomination for The Best Director Award:

Arun Prabhu Purushotaman for Aruvi
H Vinoth for Theeran Adhigaram Ondru
Lokesh Kanagaraj for Maanagaram
Pushkar-Gayathiri for Vikram Vedha
SS Rajamouli for Baahubali

The winner of the 2017 Suki Awards for Best Director goes to SS Rajamouli for Baahubali 2. When the film was released I mention that this film was out world class film making technique and I stand by it. The effort put in to create a whole new world is a step in the right direction for Indian Cinema. Congratulations SS Rajamouli, I hope Baahubali 2 will be a stepping stone for more film makers to go down the path you laid upon

Now moving the main event of the award show. It is time for The Best Actress Award. 2017 has been a fantastic year as more films are being designed in a manner where the heroine has a vital scope to play in the film and have a say in the story. Now here is the nomination for The Best Actress Award.

Aditi Balan as “Aruvi” In Aruvi
Aditi Rao as “Dr Leela Abraham” In Kaatru Veliyidai
Andrea Jeremiah as “Althea Johnson” In Taramani
Madonna Sebastian as “Malar” In Kavan
Rakul Preet Singh as “Priya Theeran” In Theeran Adhigaram Ondru

It was a 3-way horse fight for me in this category between Aditi Balan, Aditi Rao and Andrea Jeremiah. The performance of these 3 actresses should be highly praised as they played 3 different characters in a manner you can’t think of someone else to replace them.

However, the one actress that seemed to have a little extra in her compared the rest for me personally was Aditi Balan and she is the winner of 2017 Suki Awards Best Actress. In what was a very close fight among the three of them, Aditi Balan had a slight edge on the other two as her character in the film was an AIDS patient and she went all out to score on that. Well done Aditi Balan, you are a very much welcomed addition to the film industry.

Now it’s time for the Best Film Award in the 2nd Annual Suki Awards. The quality of films this year has been excellent and here are my top 5 nominations:

Kurangu Boomai
Theeran Adhigaram Ondru
Vikram Vedha

It is an impossible task to pick a winner from this 5 quality films. Each film was so well crafted, it is indeed difficult to pick a flaw from any of it. However, we need to come down to one winner and the winner is Aruvi. Aruvi was a film which is best describe as an emotional roller-coaster. It makes you feel all kind of different feelings in a span of a film length and thus it edges ahead to win the award.

And now the moment we have been waiting for. The final award of the night. Who would bag The Best Actor Award in the 2017 Suki Awards. The nominees are:

Jayam Ravi as “Jara” In Vanamagan
Karthi as “Theeran Thirumaran DSP” In Theeran Adhigaram Ondru
Raj Kiran as “Power Pandi” In Pa Pandi
Vasanth Ravi as “Prabunath” In Taramani
Vijay Sethupathi as “Vedha” In Vikram Vedha.

5 actors playing 5 different characters in 5 films which were unique in their own way. It wasn’t easy to compare one actor’s performance to the other. The 5 of them were truly amazing in the films they acted. And here it is, the winner of the final award as The Best Actor in The Suki Award goes to Vijay Sethupathi for his brilliant performance in Vikram Vedha.

In the 2016 Suki Awards, Vijay Sethupathi bagged the Best Supporting Actor for his role in Iravi. A year later he claims the Best Actor Award today. Vijay Sethupathi is an actor who has had an amazing rise and there are no doubts about his qualities.

Congratulations to all the winners of The 2017 Suki Awards. It is my great pleasure to do this and see you guys back again in The 2018 Suki Awards next year.

Here you go, an award for the winners :P

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