Angadi Theru bags best film award at the Chennai Film Festival

Angadi Theru Bags Best Film at CIFF
Director Vasanthabalan and executive producer Vijayakumar (right) receive the award for best film. CIFF's Vice-Chairman S.Ve.Shekher, D. Napoleon, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment and directors Balu Mahendra and K. Bhagyaraj are in the Photo.

The curtains came down on the eighth edition of Chennai International Film Festival(CIFF) on Thursday (December 23, 2010) with a function to honour Tamil film makers for their contribution to the industry. Director Singeetham Srinivasa Rao ,Actor Charu Haasan and Archana were the jury members  while  Napoleon, actor cum Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment was the chief guest on the occasion.

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Prize winners list

‘Angadi Theru’ a film on the plight of workers in Chennai’s commercial hub Ranganathan Street was adjudged the best film. Director Vasanthabalan and executive producer Vijayakumar were presented the award and a cheque of Rs.1 lakh.  Mr. Vasanthabalan said the film festival served as a platform to promote Tamil films in international arena.

Kalavaani‘ was chosen as the second best film for which its director Sargunam and producer Nazir were presented the award and a cash award of Rs.75,000 each.

Director Prabhu Solomon was adjudged as the best director for ‘Mynaa’, Solomon thanked team members and audience for supporting good films.

Director and actor R.Parthiban won the jury award for his performance in ‘Aayirathil Oruvan’. Parthiban said he was receiving the award on behalf of those film makers who are yet to be recognised for their achievements and budding talents in the industry.

‘Orr Iravu’, directed by Hari Shankar, Harish Narayan and Krishnashekar,was awarded as best independent feature film .

Varun Kumar, a resident of Velachery, received the film buff award for viewing maximum number of movies at the festival. where 125 films were screened in the 8 day festival, which was watched in total by 1900 persons,



  1. Vasin


    However I don’t see the point in showing Indian squalor, dirty wickedness etc…. I think they should encourage films like Ji but now I don’t like that rascal Ajith. Although Ji too has the usual ugly villains and weaklinks of our society I was really turned on for a few minutes when Ajith with youngsters went about it in a ‘Do First Talk Later’ style.

    Merry XMas Randy.

  2. neepa

    what are you trying to say Vasin? Ji is nothing but crap compared to Angadi Theru….so let’s not even go there…..”I don’t see the point in showing Indian Squalor, dirty wickedness etc”….once again shows your ignorance against your OWN community! They are part of our people. The least you could do is be open to such films, if you can’t do that, then just shut your mouth and think of what you have achieved in life so far.

    Happy Boxing Day Vasin.

    Angadi Theru sure deserves this award and much much more. it is a must-watch movie  with great newcomers.

  3. Vasin

    Inspiration is what down trodden people need. Angadi Theru is not an inspiring film. Padatha paarthutu velila varumpothu oru puthu energy vantha maathri irukanum. 

  4. neepa

    This movie is not for just downtrodden people….it’s for everyone….as an eye-opener on what is really happening around that certain population.
    There is no rule that says a movie HAS to be inspiring….inspiration is a CATEGORY…there are MILLIONS of categories on how you depict a story…I am sorry you haven’t realized that already.

    And aside from all that, in what way do you think this movie is NOT inspiring? Did you EVEN watch the movie? Did you not understand it? After all that tragedy (accident…the girl not having the hope), the guy STILL holds on to his love and they both together start a new life…they could have easily opted for suicide in the bad situation they were in, but they never gave up and went on with their life…excuse me but what more do you expect from an inspiring movie…..and it isn’t artificial…it’s absolute reality…this can happen in streets very easily.
    And again, I am not forcing you to like the movie because that is ridiculous, however, you really have the wrong reasons on why you are unsatisfied with the movie…i am only telling you this because maybe you misunderstood the movie.
    I advice you to watch the movie again because you seem like you don’t even know the story.

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