After clean sweeping the 57th South Indian Filmfare Awards at Chennai last month, it was quite expected that Magadheera, the Telugu blockbuster would win big at the 57th National Film Awards as well. After the film won Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Music Director, Best Cameraman and Best Singer at the awards event in August, Kamal Kannan and Shiva Shankar Master have done director S S Rajamouli proud again after winning the Best Special Effects and Best Choreography Awards respectively.
From an hour before the final awards list was to be announced on Television, the Twitter regular Rajamouli started tweeting enquiring whether the list was out yet or not. He wrote, "Is the complete list out for the 57th national award out? Does anyone know?" Soon after the final list was announced, he tweeted, "I don't like awards for myself.I didn't even apply for the awards(not that I would have stood a chance at the national level).But I am happy,"
Speaking to IBNLive on the telephone, Rajamouli says, "Yes I have heard Magadheera has won the award. I have been responding on it on Twitter. I have been in non-stop interviews since then."
Even after the list was read out on TV by Ramesh Sippy, he continued tweeting, "Still not sure whether the complete list is out. Waiting for art and DOP."
Rajamouli also thanked his fans on the Internet for keeping him informed throughout about the winners' list. He however was disappointed that crew member Senthil lost out in the category of the Best Cameraman. He tweeted, "Senthil missed :(" Responding to the congratulatory messages from fans, he further wrote to a fan, "You have opened my eyes. We need to send our applications to the (National Awards) commitee."
Magadheera is a story about a couple in the 17th century separated at death by the cruel hands of fate, who meet in real time today and take their love story ahead.
By Sujata Chakrabarti