In the inaugural edition of Sankarabharanam Awards, Bollywood actors Aamir Khan and Alia Bhatt also won top honors, along with Junior NTR and Dhanush, the organisers announced on Monday.
The award ceremony will be taking place in Hyderabad on Tuesday.
Sankarabharanam Awards, formed in honour of filmmaker K. Vishwanath by actress Tulasi, will honour winners from five film industries which include artists from Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada and Hindi.
Explaining why the need to honour artists from five industries, Tulasi told IANS: “My guru and mentor Dadasaheb Phalke awardee, K Viswanath has worked with both the northern and southern industries in his illustrious career. He stands for the unity of our cinema, a beautiful aesthetic medium that knows no boundaries of geography or language.”
She added that though they will be awarding a much longer list of technicians and artists from Telugu cinema, “We have four categories across industries this year. This is because we had less time to organise the event this year. From next year, we will plan much in advance with a more uniform list.”
Junior NTR has bagged Best Actor (male) for his performance in Janatha Garage.
Dhanush won the Best Director award for his Tamil directorial debut Pa Pandi.
Actor Dulquer Salmaan won the Best Actor (male) award for his performance in Malayalam film Oru Vadakkan Selfie.
Alia Bhatt who was seen portraying the character of a laborer who accidentally falls into a hell hole of drugs in Udta Punjab was lauded by everyone. She also won the Filmfare award this year for her strong performance in the film.
Aamir, on the other hand, gave a mind-blowing performance in Dangal, which won hearts in India as well as worldwide.