The eighth edition of the annual South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) is being held in Doha, Qatar this year. The award function is to felicitate the artistic and technical achievements of the south Indian film industry. It is traditionally a two-day fest where the first day is dedicated to Telugu and Kannada films and the second day is about Malayalam and Tamil films.
Tollywood movies like Rangasthalam, Bharath Ane Nenu, Aravinda Sametha, Mahanati were among the ones nominated this year. Ram Charan’s role in Rangasthalam won him the Best Actor Telugu award. Keerthy Suresh, who recently won the National Award for her portrayal of the legendary yesteryear actress Savitri, is continuing to win laurels for the same. She was adjudged as the Best Actress Telugu at SIIMA 2019.
Meanwhile, Vijay Deverakonda won the Best Actor (Critics Choice) at SIIMA 2019 after giving back-to-back hits like Geeta Govindam, NOTA at the box office. Other winners include Devi Sri Prasad (Best Music Director), Payal Rajput (Best Debut Actor – Female) and Rangasthalam’s Sukumar (Best Director)
In the Kannada film category, KGF: Chapter 1 took home all the big awards with Yash and Prashant Neel winning the Best Actor and Best Director Awards respectively.