TDP mark on AP-Nandi awards
At last, Nandi awards are announced for three years for 2014, 2015 and 2016. Though Nandi awards were always been with one or other controversy, this time the awards were to attract even more controversies as TDP mark is very much visible in the awards this time.
Nandamuri Balakrishna starrer Legend movie won 9 awards for the year 2014 that include – best film, best actor (NBK) ,best villain (Jagapthi babu), best director (Boyapati), best fight master (Ram lakshman), Best writer (Ratnam) , Best singer (Vijay Yesudas) and best editor. What is more surprising is Legend beats “Manam” movie that bagged only second best film for 2014. Manam movie, that won critical acclaim as well as box office collections was definitely a better choice for best feature film compared to Legend. But somehow, jury chose NBK’s Legend movie. Another movie that lost to Legend is Chandamama Kathalu directed by Praveen Sattaru. Incidentally this movie won national award for Telugu regional film in 2014. Even best screenplay to AS Ravi Kumar to Pilla Nuvvu Leni Jeevitham was not convincing as screenplay for Chandamama Kathalu received rave reviews and was a strong contender.
In 2015, Bahubali swept 15 awards leaving very little space for other films and individuals to win any other awards. However, TDP mark is again visible here as Dana Veera Shoora Karna bagged best children film award for 2015 and child artistes master NTR and baby Karunya won best child artistes awards. Of course not many contenders for best children film category though there are a few contenders for best child artists category.
In 2016, Janatha Garage bagged 6 awards, including award for NTR as best actor (for both Janatha Garage and Nannaku Prematho). Boyapati, who worked for AP government’s programs like “pushkaralu” got B.N. Reddy award.
Some people commenting, albeit satirically, NBK’s Gautamiputra released in 2017 for which awards are not yet announced. Had it been released in 2016 itself, probably that would have changed all the equations of 2016 awards and would have broken Legend movie’s “Nandi awards 2014” record !!!