The totally tally for the Tamil film industry at the 63rd National Awards announced in New Delhi is a mildly disappointing ‘5′. Despite the big snub of actor Vikram’s unparalleled portrayal in Shankar’s I for the Best Actor, some heartening surprises arrived in other categories.
Visaaranai, a truly deserving story, won three national awards. It swept the Best Supporting Actor (Samuthirakani), Best Editing (Late Kishore TE) and Best Tamil Film categories. Maestro Ilayaraja, hailed as the master of background score composition, bagged the Best Background Score for Thaarai Thappattai, his 1000th film. Debutante Ritika Singh, who made heads turn with her unrelenting performance in Irudhu Suttru, received the Special Mention Award.
The monstrous box-office winner Baahubali won the Best Film award.