The Andhra Pradesh government on Wednesday announced Nandi awards for films released in 2012 and 2013 . This came as a total surprise because the announcement was done after four years.
Tollywood stars such as SS Rajamouli, Prabhas, Prakash Raj, Samantha, Nani emerged as winners and bagged the coveted Award.
The Nandi Awards is the highest award ceremony for excellence in Telugu cinema, Telugu theatre, Telugu Television, and Lifetime achievements in Indian cinema, presented annually by the Governments of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
For Nandi Awards 2012, Senior actress Jayasudha, who headed the jury for the Nandi awards for 2012, declared Eega, directed by S S Rajamouli, as the best film. It also bagged the Nandi awards for Best Director, Best Music Director, Best Cinematography, Best VFX, etc.
The year also saw Nani and Samantha Ruth Prabhu winning Best Actor and Best Actress for their blockbuster film Yeto Vellipoindi Manasu (YMV). Music maestro Ilayaraja also shared the award for Best Music Director for his tunes in YMV. He shared it with Keeravani for Eega.
Here’s the complete list of winners:
Nandi Awards 2012
Best Film - Eega
Best Director - Rajamouli SS (Eega)
Best Actor - Nani (Yeto Vellipoyindi Manasu)
Best Actress - Samantha (Yeto Vellipoyindi Manasu)
2nd Best Film - Minugurulu
3rd Best Film - Mithunam
Best Home Viewing Film - Ishq
Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment - Julayi
Best Supporting Actor - Ajay (Ishq)
Best Villain - Sudeep (Eega)
Best Debut Director - Ayodhya Kumar (Minugurulu)
Best Story writer - Ayodhya Kumar (Minugurulu)
Best Screenplay writer - Rajamouli (Eega)
Best Dialogue writer - Tanikella Bharani (Mithunam)
Best Cinematographer - Senthil Kumar (Eega)
Best Music Director - Keeravani (Eega) & Ilayaraja (Yeto Vellipoyindi Manasu)
Best Editor - Kotagivi Venkateswara Rao (Eega)
Best VFX – Eega
In the list of winners for 2013, Koratala Siva and Prabhas’ “Mirchi” bagged the award for being the Best Film. While Koratala Siva won Best Debut Director for the film, Prabhas went on to take the award for Best Actor for Mirchi.
Veteran actor Prakash Raj won Best Supporting Actor for “Seetamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu”. The film also won an award for Siri Vennela Seetharama Sastry for being the Best Lyricist.
Meanwhile, Trivikram and Pawan Kalyan’s hit film “Attarintiki Daaredi” also won an award for Best Dialogue Writer. Devi Sri Prasad won for Best Music Director and Nadiya as Best Supporting Actress for the film.
Nandi Awards 2013
Best Film - Mirchi
Best Director - Daya Kodavaganti (Alias Janaki)
Best Actor - Prabhas (Mirchi)
Best Actress - Anjali Patil (Naa Bangaru Thalli)
2nd Best Film - Naa Bangaru Thalli
3rd Best Film - Uyyala Jampala
Best Home Viewing Film - SVSC
Best Popular Film providing wholesome entertainment - Attharintiki Daredi
Best Supporting Actor - Prakash Raj (SVSC)
Best Supporting Actress - Nadiya (AD)
Best Villain - Sampat Raj (Mirchi)
Best Debut Director - Koratala Siva (Mirchi)
Best Story writer - Indraganti Mohanakrishna (Anthakumundu Aatarvatha)
Best Screenplay writer - Merlapaka Gandhi (Venkatadri Express)
Best Dialogue writer - Trivikram Sreenivas (AD)
Best Cinematographer - Muralimohan Reddy (Kamalato Naa Prayanam)
Best Music Director - Devisri Prasad (AD)
Best Editor - Praveen Pudi (Kaalicharan)
Best Art director - AS Prakash (Mirchi)
Interestingly, the Telangana government has not yet started giving film awards till now, even after nearly three years of the formation of the state.