This is a Desi Tamil version of the Academy awards 🙂
The movies are based on what I have seen and felt. There might be a few more worthy contenders left out. If there are any, kindly post a comment.
Here are the nominees for the various categories. Winners will be announced on the first day of the New Year!!
(Winners listed at the end of post)
The categories are simple: Best movie, Best Actor (Male), Best Actress (Female) and Best Album (Music Director). More categories might be added in the future 🙂
So, here goes the list *Drum Roll*
Best Movie 2009 Nominees
- Naan Kadavul by Bala
This movie deserved every bit of its nomination for the director’s bold effort in handling a subject that many would not even dared to think about. He was ably supported by an excellent cast including the lead pair Arya and Pooja who made the movie complete.
- Yavarum Nalam by Vikram Kumar
A nice horror/thriller in Tamil after a very long time. Many have made an effort in the recent few years but only in vain. It had all the components to provide a nice thrill and kept us on the edge of the seats all the way.
- Naadodigal by Samuthirakani
One of those films which went on to prove that block busters don’t really mean huge production costs. In a year where films like Kandhaswamy which largely relied on the huge budget/hype and star cast failed to make a mark, few films like this showed that as long as the story is fine, people welcome a movie with both hands.
- Eeram by Arivazhagan
Another not-so-big-budget films and a nice thriller like Yaavarum Nalam. It was visually appeasing and the cast was very good. Virtually unknown actor Aadhi (earlier starred in Mirugam) made a mark for himself with his performance. And ofcourse Sindhu Menon came up with one the best performance from a female actor this year.
- Unnaipol Oruvan by Chakri Toleti
This one movie I had to think a lot before including it for the nominations. It was not an original screenplay. It was a remake of the Hindi version ‘A Wednesday’. But it was not a remake that spoiled the original even though you could not say that this was better than the original. The 2 veterans in the lead made sure they carried the movie on their shoulders.
A special mention has to be made for few more splendid efforts. Pasanga by Pandiraj, Vennila Kabaddi Kuzhu by Susindran and Renigunta by Paneerselvam won the favour of the critics and did well at the box office too. Hope there would be more such honest efforts in 2010.
Best Actor 2009 Nominees
- Arya for Naan Kadavul
- Kamal Haasan for Unnaipol Oruvan
- Sasi Kumar for Nadodigal
- Aadhi for Eeram
Best Actress Nominees
- Pooja for Naan Kadavul
- Sindhu Menon for Eeram
- Tamanna for Kandean Kadhalai
- Abhinaya for Naadodigal
- Padma Priya for Pokkisham
Best Album (Music Director)
- Harris Jeyaraj for Aadhavan, Ayan
- Devi Sri Prasad for Kandhaswamy, Villu
- Yuvan Shankar Raja for Sarvam, Vaamanan
- Vijay Antony for Nenaithaley Inikum, Vettaikaran, TN07-AL-4777
*** The winners ***
Pooja (Naan Kadavul)