A year after launching its inaugural edition to commemorate the best of South Indian cinema, IIFA Utsavam 2017 started off with a bang with some of the biggest names in Tamil and Malayalam cinema gracing the awards ceremony on March 28 and Telugu and Kannada Cinema on March 29 at Hyderabad.
The awards ceremony was hosted by Rana Daggubati and ‘Mirchi’ Shiva for the Tamil awards category, whereas Tini Tom and Pearle Maaney did the honours for the Malayalam awards category on day 1. On day 2, Rana and Nani hosted the awards ceremony for the Telugu section, whereas Akul Balaji and Meghana Gaonkar did the honours for the Kannada section.
The event was graced by stars like AR Rahman, Madhavan, Kunchako Boban, Rakul Preet, Hansika, Akhil Akkineni, Sai Dharam Tej and Jayam Ravi. Nagarjuna won the award for Best Supporting Actor (Thozha). Sudha Kongara Prasad’s Irudhi Suttru won top honours and took home awards for Best Film, Best Actor (Madhavan) and Best Actress (Ritika Singh). Vijay, Samantha starrer Theri won the awards for Best Director (Atlee) and Best Supporting Actress (Nainika). Veteran director SP Muthuraman was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award for his outstanding contribution to cinema. AR Rahman won the Best Music Composer award for his work in Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada.
Mohanlal’s Pulimurugan took home the Best Film award; whereas Dulquer Salmaan won the Best Actor award for his performance in Charlie. Charlie grabbed few more honours including Best Supporting Actress (Aparna Gopinath) and Best Music Director (Gopi Sundar). Maheshinte Prathikaaram and Oppam bagged other top honours in Pulimurugan.
NTR starrer Janatha Garage won awards for Best Film, Best Actor (NTR), Best Director (Koratala Siva), Best Music Director (Devi Sri Prasad), Best Lyricist (Ram Jogayya Sastry) and Best Playback Singer Female (Geetha Madhuri). Priyadarshi won the award for Best comedian for Pellichoopulu. Anupama Parameshwaran won the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance in Premam; Allu Arjun won the Best Supporting Actor award for Rudhramadevi; and Jagapathi Babu won the Best Villain award for Nannaku Prematho. Veteran director K Raghavendra Rao was felicitated with the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to cinema.
In an year which saw the likes of U Turn, Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu, Killing Veerappan, Kirik Party among other acclaimed films, the awards ceremony was completely dominated by Kirik Party. Kirik Party won the IIFA Awards for Best Film, Best Actor (Rakshit Shetty), Best Music Director (B Ajaneesh Loknath), Best Playback Singer Male (Vijay Prakash), Best Lyrics, Best Choreographer among few others. Parul Yadav won the Best Actress Award for her role in Killing Veerappan, whereas Vasishta N Simha won the Best Villain award for Godhi Banna Sadharana Mykattu. Veteran filmmaker, actor and producer Dwarakish was bestowed with the Lifetime Achievement award for his contribution to cinema.
The event also saw actors like Akshara Haasan, Catherine Tresa, Nikki Galrani, Amyra Dastur, Kunchacko Boban, Jiiva rock the dance floor, along with the cast of Chennai-28. The audience also got a sneak peek into the world of Jayam Ravi, Sayyeshaa starrer Vanamagan, whose trailer was unveiled at the event, apart from that of Sachin Joshi and Esha Gupta starrer Yaar Ivan. The event saw performances by Akhil Akkineni and Sai Dharam Tej. The duo danced for a medley of hit tracks from Nagarjuna and Chiranjeevi’s career and in the end, even made Nagarjuna, Samantha and Shriya Saran groove with them. Raashi Khanna, Raai Laxmi, Ritika Singh, Rachita Ram and Vishnuvardhan also performed at the event.
Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, Ritika Singh, Akshara Haasan, Rakul, Pragya Jaiswal, Pranitha Subhash, Rashmika, Shraddha Srinath, Nidhi Subbaih, Urvashi Rautela, Aditi Rao Hydari, Gunasekhar, Krish, Adah Sharma, Sundeep Kishan, Vijay Deverakonda and Ritu Varma were some of the celebrities who graced the event of the IIFA Utsavam 2017.