The 53rd Filmfare award for south was conducted at the Nehru Indoor stadium in Chennai. In Telugu film category, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana swept a record 8 out of 13 awards.
M.S Raju, Prabhu Deva, Siddharth, Trisha, Sri Hari, Devi Sri Prasad were there from the NN team to receive their respective awards. The highlight of the evening was the speeches by Siddharth and Trisha. Siddharth referred to M.S.Raju as the ‘Yash Chopra’ of south. “He is my Godfather and he picked up an unknown commodity from Chennai and made a star out of me with Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, which was a huge hit”.
Trisha thanked the entire team of Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana including her director, designer and cameraman Venu. She said: “M.S.Raju garu is my friend, philosopher and guide and my character in the film will remain close me”.
She also thanked the audience of Andhra for making her so popular and above all thanked her mom Uma without whom, all this wouldn’t have been possible.
M.S. Raju refused to speak while Trivikram Srinivas who bagged the best Director Award for Athadu just said “Thank You” which had the audience in splits. There was also a scintillating dance performance by Smitha who got the award for Best female playback singer (Anukokunda Oka Roju).
Ali gave a speech in Tamil after receiving his award for Best comedian (Super). Ashish Vidyarthi was the Best Villain (Anthanokkade). Shankar Mahadevan was the best singer (NN) while Neha Oberoi walked away with Best supporting actress (Balu).