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Asianet's star-spangled event

On screen The 13th Ujala-Asianet Film Awards 2011.



Memorable evening:At the 13th Ujala-Asianet Film Awards.

With scintillating performances and glitterati from the Indian film industry joining in the fun, the 13th Ujala-Asianet Film Awards 2011 was a memorable event. A 25,000-strong-crowd witnessed the event at Willingdon Island in Kochi.

Superstar Mohanlal presented the life time achievement award to Amitabh Bachchan, while Asianet's managing director K. Madhavan, and superstar Mammootty also honoured Big B for his outstanding contributions to the Indian film industry.

A cross-section of stars from South Indian film industry attended the event. Jayaram, Tamil actors Vijay and Karthi, Sneha, Sheela Devi, Rehman, Jagathy Sreekumar, Manoj K. Jayan, Lakshmi Gopalaswami, Babu Antony, Menaka, Ranjini, Ambika, K.P.A.C. Lalitha, Sukumari, Anoop Menon, Siddique, Narain, Maniyanpillai Raju, Rekha, Soniya Aggarwal, Dhanya Mary, Amala Paul, Mithra Kurien, Sarayu, Shafna, Ranjith Menon, Munna and B. Unnikrishnan were some of the celebrities who attended the function.

‘Pranchiyettan and the Saint' won the award for the best film, which was accepted by its producer/director Ranjith. Lal won the award for the best director for the comedy caper ‘In Ghost Inn.' Mohanlal was honoured with the Asianet Golden Star Award for his contribution to cinema. Mammootty won the best actor award for his role in ‘Pranchiyettan…' and ‘Kutty Srank.' Nayanthara won the award for the best female actor for the film ‘Bodyguard.'

Jayasurya won the award for youth icon of the year. Innocent was adjudged to be the best character artiste-male and Samvritha Sunil as the best character artiste-female. Nedumudi Venu and Lakshmi Priya won the award for best supporting actors while Asif Ali got the award for best villain. Suraj Venjaramoodu was chosen as best actor in a comic role and Kunchacko Boban and Archana Kavi won the best star couple award.

Others who got awards include Murugan Kattakada (lyrics), M.G. Sreekumar (music direction), Hariharan (playback singer-male), Shreya Ghoshal (playback singer-female), Baby Anikha and Master Alexander (child artistes), Sathyan Anthikad (scriptwriting), Venu (cinematography), Arun Kumar (editing), Ann Augustine (debut actor) and Sreenivasan (special jury award).

In between the awards, there were scintillating performances by Lakshmi Rai, Meghna Raj, Meera Nandan, Remya Nambeesan, Anuya Bhagavath, Teja Sree and Rima Kallingal. In addition, there were renditions by playback singers Hariharan, Shreya Ghoshal, K.S. Chithra, M.G. Sreekumar, Suvi Suresh and G. Venugopal, and comedy acts. Artistes from Attakalari, Bangalore, also performed at the event.

The event will be telecast on Asianet in two parts – on January 29 and January 30 at 6.30 p.m.

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