The Andhra Pradesh State Film Development Corporation has announced the winners of the Nandi Awards for 2014-2016. A list of award-winners was shared with Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu by a delegation from the industry which was led by APFDC chairman Ambica Krishna and Nandamuri Balakrishna. Jury Members Mr Giribabu, Ms Jeevitha and Mr Pokuri Baburao explained to him the process of selection and finalization of awardees.
Named after ‘Nandi’, the big granite bull at Lepakshi, a cultural and historical symbol of the Telugu people, this is the highest award ceremony for excellence in Telugu cinema, theatre, television, and lifetime achievements in Indian cinema, presented annually by the government of Andhra Pradesh. Nandi Awards are presented in four categories: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Copper. A variant, the Nandi ‘Natakotsavam Awards for Theater’, is also given every year by the government for social, mythological and poetic dramas. The state government had not announced the awards since 2014 due to the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.
SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus ‘Baahubali: The Beginning of 2015’ mightily owned the prestigious Nandi Awards 2017. The Prabhas and Anushka Shetty starrer won 13 awards in multiple categories. However, Prabhas, the Baahubali himself didn’t take home any laurel. The movie won in several categories such as the Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Villain, Best Cinematographer, Best Playback Singer (male), Best Music, Best Choreographer, Best Fight Master, Best Dubbing, and Best Special Effects Awards.
Balakrishna (Legend), c) and Junior NTR (Nannaku Prematho and Janatha Garage) won the Nandi awards for Best Actor for 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively. Balakrishna’s movie Legend has been chosen as the Best Film of 2014, Baahubali for 2015 and Pelli Choopulu for 2016.
Boyapati Srinu has been chosen as the Best Director of 2014 for ‘Legend’, S.S. Rajamouli for 2015, for his movie Baahubali and Satish Vegesna for 2016 for his film Sathamanam Bhavati. The Best Actress awards will go to Anjali for ‘Geetanjali’, Anushka Shetty for ‘Rudhramadevi’ and Ritu Varma for ‘Pelli Choopulu’.
Naga Chaitanya won the award in the Best Supporting Actor category in 2014 for ‘Manam’ while Allu Arjun won under the Best Character Actor category for ‘Rudhramadevi’ in 2015. Ramya Krishnan won the Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Sivagami and Rana Daggubati, who played Bhalladeva in the movie 'Baahubali', won the Best Villain Award.
Also, among the winners were the legends, Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth. Both of them were awarded NTR National awards by the government of Andhra Pradesh. The NTR National Award is an annual Government award to recognize people for their lifetime achievements and contributions to the Cinema of India. The NTR National Award is an honorary Nandi Award in the honour of an Indian Film Actor, director, producer, and politician N.T. Rama Rao who also served as the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. The Award carries a cash prize of ₹ 500,000/- and a memento. Both the actor congratulated each other on Twitter.
The presentation ceremony will be held in January 2018.