As many as 30 awards were given away in different categories at a gala ceremony Saturday, including Chevalier Sivaji award for excellence in Indian cinema to Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan.
While Dhanush won the best actor male award for his performance in wife Aishwarya`s directorial debut 3, Samantha won the best actor female award for her work in Neethaane En Ponvasantham.
Tamil teen crime-thriller Vazhakku En 18/9 was named the best film, while the film`s director Balaji Sakthivel lifted the best director trophy.
For his performance as a mahout in Tamil romantic-drama Kumki, actor Vikram won the best debut male award, while Varalakshmi Sarathkumar won the best debut female award for Poda Podi.
Kannada actor Kiccha Sudeep won the best villain trophy for critically acclaimed revenge-drama Naan Ee and the best comedian gong went to comic star Santhanam for romantic-comedy Oru Kal Oru Kannadi.