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Nandi awards for 2005 announced

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Mahesh Babu picks up Best Leading Actor award; Trisha is Best Leading Actress

HYDERABAD: Telugu cine star Mahesh Babu's tryst with the Andhra Pradesh State Nandi Film awards continues with the young actor picking up the `Best Leading Actor' award for the second time. His portrayal of a hired assassin in `Athadu' has bagged him the award for the year 2005.

The awards, which were announced here on Saturday by the Nandi Film Awards Committee chairman and film producer P. Doondeswara Rao, will have Mahesh Babu picking up his fifth Nandi as well, having won three Special Jury awards earlier.

While Krishna Vamsi's `Chakram' brought him the Best Director award, Tamil/Telugu heroine Trisha was named the Best Leading Actress.

Her performance in the hit `Nuvvosthanante Nenoddantaana' won her the award, while Srihari's performance in the same movie bagged him the Best Supporting Actor award. Bhanupriya's role in `Chatrapathi' won her the Best Supporting Actress award.

Other awards

Chandra Mohan, who played hero Kalyan Ram's father in `Athanokkade' was named the Best Character Actor while the Allu Ramalingaiah award for Best Comedian went to Sunil for his role in `Andhrudu'. Santoshini's humour in `Nuvvosthanante... ' won her the Best Comedian Actress award.

Dr. Siva Prasad's role of a wily politician in `Danger' won him the Best Villain award while Pachcha Sunny's performance in `Aashala Pallaki' made him the Best Child Actor for the year. Baby Varshini and Baby Trisha were named Best Child Actresses for the movie `Gulabeelu'.

The Golden Nandi for the best feature film will go to the Tammareddy Bharadwaja-directed `Pothe Poni' while Chandra Sekhar Yelleti's `Anukokunda Oka Roju' will get the Silver Nandi in the same category. `Goutam SSC', which had young actor Navadeep in the lead will pick up the Bronze Nandi.

Total of 57 entries

While `Nuvvosthanante... ' won the `Best Home Viewing Feature Film award, the first recipient of the newly instituted `Best Popular Feature Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment' will be R. Ramabhadra Sastry's `Pellam Pichodu.'

Mr. Rao said 33 entries were received for the feature film category while there were only two entries for awards for feature films on national integration and both failed to impress the 14-member award committee. In all, there were 57 entries for the seven categories.

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