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Jyothika, Priyamani bag best actress award

CHENNAI: Actors Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan have been chosen for a Tamil Nadu State Film Award for 2005 and 2006.

While Rajini won the best actor award for his performance in ‘Chandramukhi,’ Kamal won the honour for ‘Vettaiyadu Vilaiyadu’.

Actor Jyothika, who portrayed the role of a split personality in ‘Chandramukhi,’ was adjudged the best actress for 2005, and Priya Mani won the award for 2006 for her acclaimed portrayal of a lively rural girl in ‘Paruthi Veeran’.

‘Chandramukhi’ won the first prize in the best film category for 2005, while ‘Veyil’ was adjudged the best film for 2006.

Actors Vijay (‘Thirupachi’), Surya (‘Gajini’), Meera Jasmine (‘Kasthuri Maan’), Karthi (‘Paruthi Veeran’), Fakru and Sandhya (‘Dishyum’) won special awards. The awardees were selected by a committee headed by former Supreme Court judge S. Mohan.

Surya, Jyothika happy

The husband-wife duo Surya and Jyothika said they were glad that both had received awards.

“I thank the State Government and the jury for thinking I am worth this award. ‘Gajini’ was made with a lot of hard work and great team sprit. Director Murugadoss lived his dream and made this film so special for all of us. I must also thank Harris Jayaraj for giving lilting tunes,” said Surya.

“My first thanks to my baby who has brought me all the luck,” said Jyothika. “Next is for Rajinikanth for encouraging films where women take the centre stage. This proves that he is truly a superstar. Then I cannot forget director P. Vasu for showing me what I need to do in every shot in the film. I have to thank my co-star Prabhu. He made us all feel that work was a picnic. I must thank music director Vidyasagar and dance master Kala for giving me the ‘Ra Ra’ song.” Priya Mani thanked the entire team that worked on the movie. “I must thank director Ameer and his assistants and other technicians who worked with me in the film.” Director Shankar said he was happy to get an award from the State Government. “We feel happy when we are recognised at home.”

The list of awardees for 2005:

Best film: Chandramukhi, Gajini (first prize), Anniyan (second prize), Dhavamai Dhavamirundhu (third), Priyasaki (special), Kasthuri Maan (special category for glorifying womanhood).

Best actor: Rajinikanth (Chandramukhi), best actress: Jothika (Chandramukhi), best actors (special): Vijay (Thirupachi), Surya (Gajini), Meera Jasmine (Kasthuri Maan), best villain: Prakashraj, best comedian: Vivek, best director: Shankar, best music director: Harris Jayaraj, best playback singers: Sriram Parthasarathy, Mumbai Jayashree.

For 2006: Best Film: Veyil (first prize), Paruthi Veeran (second), Thiruttu Payale (third), Ilakkanam (special), Kadale En Kadale (Special award for glorifying womanhood).

Best actor: Kamal Haasan (Vettaiyadu Vilaiyadu), best actress: Priya Mani (Paruthi Veeran), best actors (special): Karthi (Paruthi Veeran), Fakru (Dishyum), Sandhya (Dishyum), best villain: Pasupathi (E), best comedian: Vadivelu (Pulikesi), best director: Thirumurugan (Em Magan), best music director: Yuvan Shankar Raja, best playback singers: Madhu Balakrishnan and Shreya Goshal.