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The stars shimmered bright

M.L. NARASIMHAM

A recent film awards function saw a good dose of nostalgia and entertainment.



Galaxy of stars S.P.B and Shekar Kammula

Apart from the glamour and gaiety, the sixth edition of Santhosham Film Awards held recently at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) also saw some touching moments as the special guests and some of the awardees went into a nostalgic mood.

Presenting the Life Time Achievement award to singer S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, chief guest Dasari Narayana Rao recalled how the veteran singer scored melodious music for his film, Kanyakumari. He said that the technology-driven music directors of today should learn a lesson or two on how to score melodious music from SPB’s compositions in the film. “He is not only a singer, but an ace dubbing artiste, a music director of high calibre and an actor. His versatility can be seen in the recent Dasavatharam where he had dubbed in 10 varying styles to suit the 10 characters portrayed by Kamal Haasan.”

In his reply, SPB, remembered his guru and music director S.P. Kodandapani and his parents without whose support he wouldn’t have been what he is today. In 42 years, the mellifluous voice has rendered over 40,000 songs in various languages. “I bow to the people for the love, affection and patronage shown to me. I am really touched that people still like my voice and rendition.” He regaled the audience by renderings a couple of old songs, though in bits and pieces.

Unmindful of the downpour, people thronged the auditorium to see their favourite stars. Nandamuri Balakrishna, the special guest, turned out to be the scene stealer by entertaining the audience delivering a lengthy dialogue with a well modulated tone from one his recent releases. He said he remembered his father (the legendary NTR)’s advice not to imitate anybody. “He told me not to imitate but observe the best and follow to become a good actor. My father is my guru.” He added that it is his poorvajanma sukrutham to have so many admirers.



Rajendra Prasad and Ileana; Bhumika on stage; Balakrishna and Venkatesh.

The best actor awardee Venkatesh heaped praises on Balakrishna for the kind of mass hysteria he has aroused through his films and thanked his director Selva Raghavan for the award he won for Adavari Matalaku Ardhale Verule. Bhumika won the best actress award for her performance in Anasuya. Ileana too received a similar award.

The other major awardees include Sekhar Kammula as the best screenplay writer and director (Happy Days), best villain Ravi Babu (Anasuya), best comedian — Brahmananadm (Dhee), best editor — Goutham Raju (Lakshyam), best debut heroine — Hansika Motwani (Desa Mudhuru), best dubbing artiste — Sai Kumar (Evadaithe Nakenti), best film — Mee Sreyobhilashi and the Allu Ramalingiah award went to comedian Babu Mohan.

The gaiety was marked by dance numbers and music recitals. Baba Sehgal livened the proceedings with his magical voice and gyrations to the song from Jalsa besides singing I am the boss

Chakri conducted the musical night from his compositions while Abhinayasri and Kasturi and troupe entertained with filmy dance numbers. The grandeur reminded one of the vajrotsavams that were conducted last year at the same venue, but this one was sans the melodrama!

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