VIVO SIIMA awards 2017
VIVO SIIMA awards 2017

The VIVO South Indian International Movie Awards(SIIMA), one of the more well known awards for South Indian cinema, are being hosted in Abu Dhabi on June 30 and July 1 with the first day being dedicated to Telugu and Kannada cinema, and the second day reserved for Malayalam and Tamil films. The first day saw a tribute to the late director Dasara Narayan Rao before the awards for the day were announced. DJ Allu Sirish and Roshan were the entertaining hosts of the evening, but the night’s honors belonged to NTR Jr. who bagged the Best Actor Award (Telugu) and Rakul Preet Singh who was adjudged Best Actress for her performance in the the Telugu film Nannaku Prematho. The best Telugu movie was Pelli Chhopulu while Nani was the Critics Choice for Best Actor for his stirring performance in Gentleman. The Best Director Award was given to Vamsi Pydipalli for ‘Oopiri’. For the Kannada section, Shivrajkumar was awarded the Best Actor award for his performance in Shivalinga. Shraddha Srinath won the Best Actress award for her role in the movie U Turn. The best Kannada film this year was Kirik Party, as the South Indian film fraternity gathered like never before to also recognize the work of excellent cinematographers, screenwriters, choreographers and other people whose efforts made the movies what they are.

The star cast of Jagga Jasoos Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif was also seen in attendance at the star-studded gathering, alongside a host of Bollywood stars.This is the sixth edition of the SIIMA awards, and the popularity of the awards has grown over the years, with the organisers travelling to various popular destinations all over the world for the awards ceremony. It has found immense resonance with the film communities in South India, and SIIMA has now introduced a new award segment for short films this year in all four languages.