Jackie Shroff’s first Tamil film awarded at London Indian Film Festival 2012

National Award-winning Aaranya Kaandam has been honoured with the Audience Award at LIFF 2012

Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff’s first Tamil film, Aaranya Kaandam (Anima and Persona) has won the Western Union Audience Award at the recently concluded London Indian Film Festival 2012. Back home, the movie had garnered the National Film Award for Best First Film for its director, Thiagarajan Kumararaja.Apart from Jackie in the lead, the film stars Yasmin Ponnappa, Sampath Raj and Ravi Krishna, among others. It has been produced by SP Charan’s Capital Film Works.

Director Kumararaja said in a statement: “It’s nice to know that people in Europe loved the film. In fact, people across continents love the film. It also worked with audiences in the US and with the jury at the Indian National Awards. And it is appreciated now in Europe also. I’m thrilled.” Producer Charan said: “I’m happy and proud of Aaranya Kaandam’s success this year. I would like to first of all congratulate London Indian Film Festival on a successful event this year and secondly thank them for such a prestigious honour bestowed on my movie.”

Jackie is doing more films down South now in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. He is playing the role of the main villain in Rajinikanth’s Kochadaiyaan. Jackie is also acting in more Marathi films after starring in Renuka Shahane’s directorial Rita. The actor had done a Bengali film, Antarmahal in 2005. In Bollywood, he will be seen in Yash Raj Films’ Dhoom:3 starring Aamir Khan.