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Sudeep, Bhavana bag best acting awards

Sudeep and Bhavana have bagged this year’s best actor and best actress awards given by the State government for their lead roles in Kannada movies Nandi and Kshama respectively.

While producer K C N Gowda has been selected for the Rajkumar award, director Vijaya Reddy wins the late Puttanna Kanagal award.

Announcing the State film awards for 2002-03 here today, Information Minister Allum Veerabhadrappa said the Life-Time Achievement award had been given to lyricist S K Kareem Khan. The awards will be presented at a function in Bellary on December 27.

BEST FILMS: While Artha and Kshama bagged the best and second best film awards, Laali Haadu was adjudged the third best. Kalarava was the best children’s film. MLA Yogeshwar’s film Sainika bagged the special award for “Film with social message” and Hollywood was chosen for the “Film with best technology and costumes” award. Jnanapith awardee U R Ananthmurthy was chosen for the best story writer award for feature film Mouni.

The other award-winners were: Komal Kumar (best supporting actor in film Tavarige Baa Thangi); Arundathi Jathkar (best supporting actress, Artha); Kavitha Lankesh (best screenplay, Bimba); Venkatesh Prasad and Nalini Venkappa (best dialogue, Kaarmugilu); Nagaraj Adhavani (best cinematographer, Kshama); Prayog (best music director, Paris Pranaya); S Mahendran (best sound-recorder, Marma); Basavaraj Urs (best editor, Sainika); Nitil Krishna (best male child artiste, Devara Makkalu); Raksha (best female child artiste, Bimba); Shashidhar Adapa (best art director, Singaravva); Nagathihalli Chandrashekar (best lyricist, Paris Pranaya); Rajesh Krishna (best male singer, Dumbi); Nanditha (best female singer, Paris Pranaya).

Asked on what basis the films were selected for the awards, Mr Veerabhadrappa said the government would disclose the reasons while announcing the awards from next year onwards. The reason why a particular film had not been selected would also be disclosed, he added.

The awards committee members justified their decision to select commercial film Laali Haadu for the Third Best Film award stating that “there is no rule to select only art movies for the awards”. There were suggestions to select remake movies also for the awards and it would be considered from next year.

Mr Veerabhadrappa said no award had been given in the Best Regional Language Film category as there were no nominations in the category.

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