Jul 18, 2008

55th Filmfare Awards Gallery

th Filmfare Awards Gallery

The 55th Tiger Balm Filmfare Awards, South, had it all — glitz, glamour and emotions that just couldn’t be kept in check. It was a moment to cherish. It was a moment that misted your eyes, brought a lump to your throat and warmed the cockles of your heart, all at the same time. It was the moment when father and Tiger Balm Filmfare Lifetime Achievement award winner Sivakumar shared the stage with his two strapping sons Surya and Karthi, who gave the award to him. The standing ovation was spontaneous and when Surya called out “amma, amma,” to his mother to share the stage, it underlined the fact that traditional value systems of the Indian family were still going strong. Not a dry eye in the audience.

It all started as emcees of the evening R Madhavan and Sindhura Gadde walked down to invite the audience to experience the show of a lifetime. After about four scintillating hours of awards and entertainment, Chennaiites went back to their homes thoroughly satisfied with the grandeur and glamour the event had offered them. Emotions ran high as Paruthiveeran made a clean sweep with six awards that included the Best Film Award and the Best Actor Award. It was an ecstatic moment for the Sivakumar family, with father Sivakumar and son Karthi hugging the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Best Actor Award respectively. The Best Music Director Award went to AR Rahman for his tunes in Sivaji, but the music whiz was not present to receive his award, much to the disappointment of many fans.

As the audience experienced a rare celebration of South Indian cinema, the energetic dances between the award presentations had them on their feet. Sizzling dance performances by Shriya Saran and Rambha had the crowd asking for more, while Shobana and Vineeth’s impeccable steps lent grace to the occasion.

Madhavan and Sindhura delighted the crowd with their poise and sense of humour. Daring to be different in the middle of the event, Maddy walked towards the seated guests for an audience interaction and surprised them. “Why don’t you sing a song for us, Tabu,” he asked the pretty actress, even as she gushed and smiled at the eager lensman. She later obliged the audience when on stage to give away an award.