Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Deccan Chronicle : National Awards: ‘Vazhakku Enn 18/9’ bags best Tamil film award

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013 | Last Update : 04:25 PM IST


National Awards: ‘Vazhakku Enn 18/9’ bags best Tamil film award

Anupama Subramanian | 19th Mar 2013
Dirctor Balaji Shakthivel (right), and producer Linguswamy (center)
Dirctor Balaji Shakthivel (right), and producer Linguswamy (center)
‘Vazhakku Enn 18/9’, released last year, has bagged the award for the Best Tamil Film in the Regional Category of the 60th National Awards announced on Monday. A thrilled Balaji Shakthivel, the film’s director, said, “The award makes me more responsible, and motivates me to make meaningful films in future.” Produced by N Subhash Chandra Bose and Lingu­samy of Thirupathy Brothers, the film unfolds a love story set amidst a horrific tragedy and unforgivable system.
Makeup man Raja has picked up another award for the film, winning the National Award for Best Makeup Artiste.
Kamal Haasan’s magnum opus Vishwaroopam bag­ged two trophies – one for the Best Art Director (N. Ilayaraja) and the other one for the Best Choreography (Pandit Birju Maharaj).
Bala’s Paradesi won the award for Best Costume Designer (Poornima Rama­swamy). Balaji Shakthivel and Raja, along with producer Lingusamy, shared their joy at a hurriedly convened media meet at Four Frames Theater.
“Lingusamy and Bose gave me maximum freedom while making Vazhakku Enn 18/9 which helped me give great output”, said an excited Balaji. He adds, “The award goes to the collective work of the entire team.”
Lingusamy said, “Vazhakku..won all awards in the last one year. It won the best film at France International Award, Che­nnai International Film Festival etc. I knew the film would make it at national level as well when the entire media gave a standing ovation after the premiere for the press”. 

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