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`Kannathil Muthamittal' bags 6 Cinema Express awards

By Our Staff Reporter

CHENNAI DEC. 21. It was a memorable night for Madras Talkies when director Mani Ratnam's "Kannathil Muthamittal" swept home six awards at the 22nd Cinema Express awards ceremony on Saturday evening.

Apart from being adjudged the best film and fetched Mr.Mani Ratnam the best director special award, the film also won awards for Simran (best actress), Keerthana (best child artiste), Vikram Dharma (best stunt director) and Kala-Brinda (best choreographer).

AVM's comeback hit of the year, "Gemini", won four awards (best dialogue writer-Charan, best music director-Bharadwaj, best singer female-Anooradha Sriram) and the critically acclaimed "Nanda" won three awards -- Bala (best director), Surya (best popular actor) and Thamarai (best lyricist).

Vikram was awarded best actor for his role in "Kasi". Director Thankar Bacchan was honoured with the Cinema Express Critics Award for "Azhagi" and director Hari won the best new face director award for "Tamizh".

Telugu star Chiranjeevi was the choice for the Chevalier Sivaji Ganesan award and newcomers Srikant ("Rojakootam") and Kiran ("Gemini") were adjudged the best new face actor and actress respectively.

Vivek and Kovai Sarala once again took home the best comedy actor and actress awards while debutante Sherin was voted the best popular actress.

It was an evening to rejoice for Srinivas (best singer male), Alex (best villain, "Mitta Mirasu"), K.S.Selvaraj (best cameraman, "Elumalai") and director Cheran (best story). In the Telugu category, "Anandam" was adjudged the best film and also won the best actor award for Jai Akash. "Hanuman Junction" bagged awards for Raja (best director) and Sneha (best actress).

Malayalam film "Sesham" took home three out of the four awards— best film, best director for Rajeev Kumar and best actor for Jayaram. Suhasini Mani Ratnam took home the best actress award for "Theerthadanam".

In the Kannada category, the film "Appu" won awards for Puri Jaganath (best director, best film) and Puneet Rajkumar (best actor). Gayathri Jayaram won the best actress award for her performance in "Neela".

Actress Jayapradha, the Chairman and Managing Director of Express Publications (Madurai), Manoj Kumar Sonthalia, and the editor of Cinema Express, V.Ramamurthy, were among those present.

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