Red car­pet shout-outs

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Chris­tine Iyer rounds up the A-lis­ters to keep an eye out for at this week­end’s glitzy

South In­dian film event


Such is his stature, the 57-yearold ac­tor, singer and pro­ducer is revered even for his small­est roles. For his work in Janatha Garage, a crime drama about a group of car me­chan­ics-turned-vig­i­lantes, which is up for Best Film in the Tel­ugu awards, Mo­han­lal is nom­i­nated for Best Ac­tor in a Sup­port­ing Role (Male), but his die-hard fans con­tend he should have been in­cluded on the Best Ac­tor list.

Amala Paul

The 25-year-old Ker­ala-born ac­tress and fash­ion­ista has a con­sid­er­able range of films and roles un­der her belt. She is nom­i­nated for her role in 2016 drama Amma Kanakku, where she por­trays a high-school dropout who goes back to school to teach her wil­ful young daugh­ter a les­son.


A Tamil ac­tor who started out with a part in a Hindi tele­vi­sion se­ries in the 1990s, Mad­ha­van, 47, found fame as a ro­man­tic hero in south­ern In­dia af­ter a suc­cess­ful de­but with Mani Rat­nam film Alai­payuthey in 2000. He has starred in sev­eral Hindi films, too, al­though his best- known movie is 2009 com­edy

3 Id­iots, in which he fea­tured along­side Aamir Khan. He is nom­i­nated for Best Ac­tor, for his role in Tamil sports drama, Irudhi Sut­tru, in which he plays a box­ing coach.


The ver­sa­tile Mum­bai-born star is up for Best Ac­tress in Tamil cin­ema, for so­cial drama Dharma Du­rai. She was 15 when she made her de­but with a Hindi film in 2005. Like many other ac­tresses of her gen­er­a­tion, she is mul­ti­lin­gual, and has re­ceived crit­i­cal ac­claim for her per­for­mance in sev­eral Tamil and Tel­ugu films. Ta­man­naah has starred in sev­eral Hindi pro­duc­tions, along­side ac­tors such as Ajay Devgn, Riteish Desh­mukh and Saif Ali Khan.

Shankar Ma­hade­van

Singer ex­traor­di­naire, 50-yearold Shankar Ma­hade­van is part of mu­sic-direc­tor trio ShankarEh­saan-Loy, and is a fre­quent vis­i­tor to the UAE, per­form­ing to sold-out crowds. He is quite a lin­guist, and sings in var­i­ous lan­guages, from Tamil to Hindi and Marathi. He has been nom­i­nated for the song Pranaa­mam in the Tel­ugu film Janatha Garage.

Chris­tine Iyer

Cour­tesy Lailaa O Lailaa

Mo­han­lal and Amala Paul in the Malay­alam film Lailaa O Lailaa.

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