TN government appoints panel to choose film winner
Tamil veteran filmmaker SP Muthuraman was on Sunday appointed chairman of a selection committee tasked with selecting a winner for the Tamil Cinema Excellence Award named in honor of former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.
Constituting the panel, a government decree said Muthuraman would be the head of the committee while famed actor Nasser, also president of the South Indian Artists Association (Nadigar Sangam) and director Karu Pazhaniappan would be its members. .
The winner, who will be chosen by the jury, would be presented with the award next month by Chief Minister MK Stalin. Muthuraman had directed many films, including superstar Rajinikanth with “Murattu Kaalai” and actor Kamal Haasan’s “Sagalakala Vallavan”.
The state government had recently declared that an award would be instituted for the best directors in Tamil cinema. Information Minister MP Saminathan told the Assembly last month that the annual award would be named after the late leader M Karunanidhi and would be awarded from this year.
Each year, it would be conferred on the laureate on June 3, the leader’s birthday. The ‘Kalaignar Kalaithurai Vithagar Virudhu’, is said to carry a cash component of Rs 10 lakh, a citation and a memento.
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