The most enthralling awards ceremony of the year!!! 7th Edition Edison Awards turned to be the exciting and an energy-pumping occasion for the film buffs. More than any of its previous edition, this year happened to a real celebration as the crowds thronged and thronged to enjoy the show. It was more decorous, more colorful, extraordinary sound and what else? The best of best audience graced the occasion and made the Sunday evening a cherishing moment of this year.
Dinesh Ruben from Malaysia performed the international version of ‘Oh Penne’ from Vanakkam Chennai. It was an enchanting show that gave a stunning effect across the ambience. His performance was a standout that garnered a great response across. Perhaps, if you were closing your eyes here, you would see the visuals of this song straight in front of you and such has been the prodigious spell of Dinesh Ruben.
Sai Sudha came up with a folk track to enthrall the audience and crooned the song ‘FY FY FY Kalachify’ from Pandiya Nadu that won incredible applause and whistles across the podium. The dancers on the stage emblazoned the occasion with a decorous dance performance.
Mr. Selvakumar, CEO of Edison Awards gave a warm welcome to all the Malaysian Consulate members and Malacca Governor for gracing over this occasion. Speaking on the occasion, he said, “We are delighted to invite them all for this occasion. We are planning to bring the Malaysia and India together by hosting a lot of events.”
A song crooned by the Governor was aired on projector, which won incredible laurels. We bring you some of the excerpts from this awards ceremony…
Enthusiastic Female Performer award – Taapsee (Arrambam)
Taapsee gained this award for her bubbly and enthusiastic performance in ‘Arrambam’. Filmmaker Perarasu handed over the award. “Vanakkam everybody!!!,” started off Taapsee as she continued to thank a couple of personalities – filmmaker Vetrimaaran for introducing her in the industry. “I was unlucky as I didn’t get any awards for past three years and I thank Vetrimaaran for giving a show here and Vishnuvardhan sir for giving me rebirth.” As VJ Ramya, the emcee of this awards ceremony asked her, who is her favourite list of actor she dreams to pair with, she brought out everyone from Superstar Rajnikanth to Vijay and Ajith Kumar.
Best character award Male – Subbu Panchu (Thalaivaa)
Ramki (Biriyani), Sathyaraj (Raja Rani), Subbu Panchu (Thalaivaa) et al… Amidst the tough competition, the latter one bagged it all.
Subbu Panchu for Thalaivaa was honoured by veteran actor Radha Ravi. “Glimpsing on the list of nominations, I feel that they are seniors and best than me,” said Subbu Panchu. When Ramya asked him about the identification of actor he wants to be, since he has played unique roles as a comedian, villain and character role in many movies. He replied, “I will be whatever my director insists me to be. If I played a comedian role, it was all due to director Rajesh. AL Vijay made me perform in a character role in ‘Thalaivaa’ and Sundar C for making a baddie in ‘Kalakalappu…..”
Best character award Female – Dhansika (Paradesi)
Director Atlee came up on the dais to award this prestigious award to Dhansika for her mind-boggling performance in the film Paradesi. “While shooting the climax, it was a difficult sequence and I had to starve nearly for 4-5 days to shoot this. By the end of the shooting, director Bala appreciated me for exceeding his expectations. This is the biggest compliment, I have come across so far in the industry,” said Dhansika who continued to thank director Bala for giving her this opportunity.
Online voting award – Best Comedian Actor – Power Star (Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya)
Out of the challenging nominations – Santhanam (TVSK), Sathyan (Raja Rani), Satish (Ethir Neecha), PoweR Star (Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya) and Parotta Soori (Varuthappadha Valibar Sangam). It was a tough competition indeed and online voters gave it all to ‘Power Star’ Dr. Srinivasan for his hilarious performance in the film Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya. Director P. Vasu awarded this tangible symbol of excellence to the Power Star Dr. Srinivasan. Speaking on the occasion, “I have been there to many functions, but I am privileged to be here and that is because of you all fans…” Adding more on his upcoming films, he said, “I have completed shooting for Shankar’s ‘Ai’ and a film with Vadivelu.” When asked whether he will release his ‘Aanandha Thollai’ with Superstar Rajnikanath’s Kochadaiiyaan, he reaffirmed again with a big YES.
“I thank my good friend here for inviting me to this Edison Award. Usually, this is something to do with the movie world. I thank you very much for making me a part of this award,” said His Excellency Tun Mohd Khalil Bin Yakob, Governor of Malacca.
Best debut director award – Altee (Raja Rani)
Atlee (Raja Rani), Kingslin (Vathikuchi), Nalan Kumarasamy (Soodhu Kavvum), Durai Senthil Kumar (Ethir Neechal) “I watch movies when I’m free. I watch the movies of comedy actors. They give a lot of peace. Today I’m happy to see them all here. When I landed here in the airport, I am floored by the way Tamilians is awesome. I invite you all to Malacca to see how Tamilians are enjoying a happy life there,” said Y.B. Datuk M.S. Mahadevan Sanacy, Malacca State Minister for Company Affairs
Director Atlee won the best debut director award for his sensational attempt with ‘Raja Rani’. Elated over the awards, Atlee said, “I am very thankful to the film industry and fans. When I heard it’s an award based on voting, I am so much elated to see you all love. I stopped believing in God after 12th std after I got into the field of creativity. When you make someone smile, laugh and appreciate your work, it is GOD. You audiences all are my God here… My responsibility is getting bigger here. I will surely give a good film.”
Best critic award – Rising Star – Sivakarthikeyan
Sivakarthikeyan came up with a humorous talk… “There was an old beautiful lady sitting beside me and Vedhika introduced as her mother. She asked me what am I doing and I replied, “I just own a Tea shop here and came to deliver it here,” jocularly added Sivakarthikeyan. The actor was spellbound over the response of audience and their whistles and applause was his ticket to Oscar he believed.
Best cinematographer – Ramjee (Irandam Ulagam)
Dr. Rajamani made his presence to honour versatile cinematographer Ramjee for his breathtaking visuals in Selvaraghavan’s Irandam Ulagam.
Extreme Performance Male & Female – Atharva & Vedhika (Paradesi)
“First and foremost I would like thank the Tamil film buffs. It is not often the actors get appreciation for their performance in the realistic movie. Bala sir is the only person responsible for my honour,” started off Atharva who continued to add that there was no such hard phase we had experienced while shooting this film. “When we watch the film on the screens, we forget all such experience,” added Atharva.
“Paradesi is a very special film to me. I don’t know how to thank Bala sir. I am someone completely opposite to the role that I had essayed in this movie. I can’t believe that I have done such a role. When an artist does a good job, all credits go to the technicians and actors in the film. Everyone contributed to look my character in this film. I want to dedicate this award to my mom and brother for their love,” said Vedhika and she continued to come up with a dialogue in ‘Paradesi’ that was deleted in this movie.
Best Debut Music Director – Siddarth Vipin (Idharkuthaane Aasaipattai Balakumara)
Siddarth Vipin was so much excited and high-spiritedly crooned a couple of lines from ‘En Veettu’ from Idharkuthaane Aasai Balakumara and included ‘Kai Veesamma Kai Veesu’ and even performed a monologue from his appearance from the same film…
Best appearance award – Rajendran (Raja Rani)
“I am running out of words out of happiness,” said Rajendran as he continued to add on his chemistry with Santhanam uttering, “Whenever we say something, he comes up with a counter and tickles our funny bones. This is our secret.”
Classic icon award – Bindhu Madhavi (Desingu Raja)
2013 has been a special year for Bindhu Madhavi for her back-to-back hit movies like ‘Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga’, ‘Desingu Raja’ and ‘Varuthappadatha Valibar Sangam’. All her movies have been bound to extreme humour. Is it a conscious decision? “There is nothing conscious and I am choosing the scripts and roles that interest me,” said Soori, who furthermore added that she personally loves to work with Soori. The actress was so much gleeful on winning the Classic Icon Award.
Best Background score – GV Prakash (Raja Rani)
V. Harikrishnan, Anandha Bhavan, Malaysia and actress Vedhika took the opportunity to hand over this ‘Best Background Score Award’ to GV Prakash for Raja Rani. The music director couldn’t make it presence here due to his prior commitments and Atlee received the award on his behalf.
Best comedy movie – Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya
Renuka Jayapal, Aircel and actress Bindhu Madhavi along with Datto Raghu Moorthy felicitated the entire team of ‘Kanna Laddu Thinna Aasaiya’ – director Manikandan, Power Star Dr. Srinivasan and actor Sethu. Sharing the best moments of working with the entire team, Sethu said, “We used to shoot the film during night times and there would be more crowd to the spots acclaiming Power Star as the ‘Next Pakistan Leader’… So far, no other actor in the Indian industry had got an USP like Power Star.”
He thanked Santhanam for blindly believing and banking hopes on him and on Power Star. “He trusted us both for trusting us and this is one good reason why the film was a good hit,” said Sethu.
Best Director Award – Bala (Paradesi)
The man of few words – Bala spoke on the occasion saying, “Usually, I don’t speak a lot during the award ceremonies, especially today and you know the reason…” Bala was present there to honour the costume designers Poornima and Selvam for Paradesi, best cinematography for Chezhian, best villain for Jerry and Make-up for Das. Dhansika was also called upon the stage to join the celebration.
Best music director award – Anirudh (Vanakkam Chennai)
Churning out music of different genre, Anirudh bagged the ‘Best Music Director Award’ for his brilliant job in ‘Vanakkam Chennai’. “I am happy over the response of Velaiyilla Pattadhaari and this is the second time I am winning Edison awards,” said Anirudh. The young music director performed few lines from Velaiyilla Pattadhaari that left the crowd in huge amusement.
Best Lyricist Award – Na. Muthukumar (Yaaro Ivan – Udhayam NH4)
“This song was actually written during a journey. I thank each and everyone involved in this song,” said Na. Muthukumar, who earnestly thanked the world Tamilians for rendering their support to this song.
Best playback singer male award – Vijay Yesudas (Paakaatha Paakaatha – Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam)
Rendering a splendiferous track that melted our hearts, Vijay Yesudas won the ‘Best Male Playback Singer’. Thanking music director D Imman for offering this song and his co-singer Pooja for giving out a best effort and inspiring him. The entire auditorium melted down for his melodious spell as he rendered few lines from this track.