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IIFA Utsavam 2017 Ignores ‘Visaaranai’, ‘Ammani’ In Favour Of Box Office Favourites


Irrudhi Suttru and Theri won big at the second edition of the IIFA Utsavam in Hyderabad, yesterday (March 28).

The year’s highlights – Visaaranai (India’s choice for the Oscars), and strong performances by SJ Suryah (Iraivi), Dinesh, Samuthirakani (Visaaranai), Guru Somasundaram (Joker) – were ignored, while stars in box office favourites like Theri and Irrudhi Suttru were honouredActors Ritika Singh, Madhavan were chosen as the Best Actress and Actor respectively while Baby Nainika and director Mahendran were chosen as the Best Child Artiste and Best Villain.

The IIFA Utsavam also chose to ignore Santhosh Narayanan’s work in Kadhalum Kadandhu Pogum, Kabali, Darbuka Siva’s Kidaari – all movies that released in 2016, in favour of Anirudh’s work on the BGM for Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (2015). 

The list of nominations was announced mid-March this year, with Venkat Prabhu’s Chennai 600028 II featuring in 11 categories. The list, however, did not find favour with actress/filmmaker Lakshmy Ramakrishnan, who took offence at the board ignoring her critically-acclaimed film, Ammani. 

Lakshmy was soon appraised of the facts by the IIFA Utsavam team, prompting another series of tweets. 

Award-worthiness aside, it was pretty much a regular star-studded film event. A green carpet was rolled out for the celebrities. Following the obligatory photo-op, the celebrities were treated to performances by actors Jiiva, Raai Laxmi, Kunchacko Boban, Catherine Tresa, and Akshara Haasan. The event was hosted by actors Rana Daggubati, Shiva, Tini Tom and Pearl Maaney.

Jiiva during his performance
Via: Twitter
Akshara Haasan during her performance
via Twitter

List of winners (Tamil):

Best Director: Atlee for Theri

Best Story Award: Karthick Naren, D16

Best Actor: Madhavan for Irudhi Suttru

Best Actress: Ritika Singh for Irudhi Suttru

Best Supporting Actor: Nagarjuna Akkineni for Thozha

Best Supporting Actress: Baby Nainika for Theri

Best Negative Role: Mahendran for Theri

Best Comedian: RJ Balaji 

Best Music Director: AR Rahman for Achcham Enbathu Madamaiyada

Best Background Music: Anirudh Ravichander for Naanum Rowdy Dhaan

Best Playback Singer Female: Neeti Mohan for Naanum Rowdy Dhaan

Best Lyricist: Arunraja Kamaraj for Kabali

Also, SP Muthuraman gets Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contribution to Indian Cinema


List of winners (Malayalam):

Best Actor: Dulquer Salmaan for Charlie

Best Supporting Actress: Aparna Gopinath for Charlie

Best Playback Singer Female: Shreya Jayadeep for Oppam

Best Playback Singer Male: Vijay Yesudas for Maheshinte Prathikaram

Best Lyricist: Santhosh Varma for Charlie

Best Music Director: Gopi Sunder for Charlie

Best Background Music Director: Gopi Sunder for Charlie


The Day 2 event of the IIFA Utsavam will take place today. Actors Raashi Khanna, Pragya Jaiswal, Nikki Galrani, Amyra Dastur, Rachita Ram and Isha Talwar are set to perform this evening, with Rana Daggubati playing host again. 


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