Zee Tamil Cine Awards 2020

Posted on January 5, 2020

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I was invited to be part of the ZEE TAMIL Cinema Awards jury, and right from the start, they were very clear that they would NOT do what’s generally done — that is, insist that we award a star so that they will show up for the ceremony. (Our awards are not like the Oscars, say. Most stars show up only if they are guaranteed an award.) That “commercial” aspect, they said, would be taken care of by fans who vote for their favourites — say, a Nayanthara or an Ajith or a Vijay.

I am happy that the jury — the others were Suhasini, Bharatbala, Gautham Vasudev Menon, Karu Pazhaniappan — was allowed to proceed unhindered, and here’s the list of awards. If you ask me personally, I would change a few of them. But that’s part of what it means to be on a jury — and part of the fun. Everyone argues long and hard for their choices and then we arrive at a decision. I am very pleased with this list.

Oh, the other photo is of us, the jury. It’s a poster that got plastered all over Chennai. I mean, they LITERALLY went to town with this awards function, their first.