Scintillating performances at the event included those by Shreya, Poonam Kaur and Suresh Varma
Stars coming together on one stage at the usual cinema-related functions is one thing.
And a galaxy of stars putting their hands together to applaud the lifetime achievement of one person of eminence in the highly-competitive field of entertainment is quite another.
The Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) in Madhapur here on Sunday evening saw what could easily be considered the easiest gathering of glitterati for the New Fair & Lovely CINEmaa Awards 2012.
The ace director, who has over 100 films to his credit, K. Raghavendra Rao, walked away with the honours.
It was easily what one could term a rare sight with prominent producer D. Rama Naidu and thespian Akkineni Nageswara Rao presenting Mr. Raghavendra Rao the Lifetime Achievement Award, as Kamal Haasan put his hands together in applause. And so did the audience in the packed hall.
The few minutes before the actual award presentation to Mr. Rao were taken by dozens of tinseltown personalities -- producers, directors and heroines and heroes -- who have been riding the crest of success in the world of films.
Mahesh Babu best actor
Next in order of popularity were the awards announced with voting as the criteria.
Tamanna and ‘Prince' Mahesh Babu were voted best actors, female and male and ‘Dookudu' was adjudged the best movie, with its Srinu Vaitla named best director.
Other awards included the one for best supporting actor (male) for Prakash Raj (Dookudu), best supporting actor (female) for Lakshmi Manchu (Anaganaga O Dheerudu), best actor in a comic role for Brahmanandam (Dookudu) and best actor in a negative role for Sonu Sood, again for ‘Dookudu'. The Jury awards went to Bapu for directing ‘Sriramarajyam', Nayanatara for ‘Sriramarajyam' and A. Nagarjuna for ‘Rajanna'.
The awards for debutants went to Shruthi Haasan for ‘Anaganaga O Dheerudu', director Nandini Reddy for ‘Alamodalaindi' and hero Aadi (Prema Kaavaali). Isha Chawla (Prema Kaavaali) was named the Promising Face of the Year, while the Fair and Lovely Confident Face award was bagged by Anjali Lavaniya.
There were special appreciation awards for M.S. Narayana (Dookudu) and Anne for the film ‘Rajanna'. The anchors Suma and Ali kept the audience engaged with their constant banter in between the awards presentation and the cultural performances.
Scintillating performances at the event included those by Shreya, Poonam Kaur, Suresh Varma and the powerhouse of energy who goes by the name of Devisri Prasad.
As is his standard operating procedure, the music director made a stunning appearance and danced to ‘Gabbar Singh'.
He sprang a surprise when he left the stage, leaving the support staff scampering after him, as he bulldozed into the audience and made them groove too.
Special appreciation awards for M.S. Narayana (Dookudu) and Anne for the film ‘Rajanna' Anchors Suma and Ali keep the audience engaged with their constant banter
Special appreciation awards for M.S. Narayana (Dookudu) and Anne for the film ‘Rajanna'
Anchors Suma and Ali keep the audience engaged with their constant banter