Dhanush, Samantha Ruth Prabhu win Best Actor trophies at 7th Vijay Awards

As many as 30 trophies were given away in different categories at the gala ceremony on Saturday, including the Chevalier Sivaji award for excellence in Indian cinema to Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan

Dhanush won the Best Actor Male Award at the 7th Vijay Awards for his performance in his wife Aishwarya Dhanush’s directorial debut 3, while Samantha Ruth Prabhu won the Best Actor Female Award for her work in Neethaane En Ponvasantham.

Tamil teen crime-thriller Vazhakku En 18/9 was named the Best Film, while the film’s director Balaji Sakthivel lifted the Best Director trophy.

For his performance as a mahout in Tamil romantic-drama Kumki, actor Vikram won the Best Debut Male Award, while Varalakshmi Sarathkumar won the Best Debut Female Award for Poda Podi.

Kannada actor Kiccha Sudeep won the Best Villain trophy for the critically acclaimed revenge-drama Naan Ee and the Best Comedian went to Santhanam for the romantic-comedy Oru Kal Oru Kannadi.

Actor Sathyaraj won the Best Supporting Actor male award for his performance in Nanban, the Tamil remake of the Hindi comedy 3 Idiots.

Best Supporting Actor Female award went to Anupama Kumar for the romantic-thriller Muppoluthum Un Karpanaigal.

D Imman won the Best Music Director award for Kumki.

Tamil period-drama Aravaan won two awards – Best Costume Design and Best Art Design Awards for S Rajendran and RK Vijay Murugan, respectively.

Anal Arasu won the Best Stunt Director for romantic-action Thadaiyara Thaakka, while Gopi Amarnath was awarded the Best Cinematographer for horror-thriller Pizza, which also won the Best Screenplay award for debutant director Karthik Subbaraj.

Thamarai won the Best Lyricist award for her song Kangal Neeye in Muppoluthum Un Karpanaigal, while Robert won the Best Choreographer award for Poda Podi.

Balaji Tharaneetharan won the best debut director award for comedy Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom and Rajesh M won the best dialogue writer award for romantic-comedy Oru Kal Oru Kannadi.

Composer Anirudh Ravichander and actor-producer Udhayanidhi Stalin were honoured with Best Find of the Year and Face of the Year awards, respectively.

Family-drama Aarohanam won the Jury Award and Best Actor Jury award was given to Vijay Sethupathi.

Tamil actor Vijay pocketed two awards – Best Entertainer of the year and favourite hero for films Nanban and Thuppakki, respectively.

Vijay’s Thuppakki also won the Favourite Film award, while the song Google Google from the same film won the Favourite Song of the Year award.

Filmmaker AR Murugadoss was awarded Favourite Director of the year for the same film.

Tamil horror-thriller Pizza walked away with the Best Crew award.

Shahrukh Khan was given the Chevalier Sivaji award for excellence in Indian cinema.