Red carpet shout-outs
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.
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.
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.
Mohanlal and Amala Paul in the Malayalam film Lailaa O Lailaa.