Anti-naxal movie bag's government award
HYDERABAD: Not many have heard about the film Pothe Poni and nor there were many patrons for it. But that did not prevent the movie, directed by Tammareddy Bharadwaja, from bagging the Nandi award for Best Film for 2005, which was announced on Saturday. The storyline of the film revolves around the "mindless killings" by the naxalites.
"With the Andhra Pradesh government battling naxalites, Pothe Poni bagging the award is significant," said a film analyst.
Before announcing the awards in the evening, the jury of the AP State Nandi Awards Committee-2005 led by its chairman P Doondeswara Rao called on chief minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy and presented him a list of the award winners. Incidentally, Pothe Poni also has a passing shot of the CM.
Pothe Poni was released on February 3, 2006, but any film that goes for censorship certificate in 2005 is eligible for the award, irrespective of its release date and year.
In Pothe Pani, naxalites fire at a car in which a police officer is travelling, but a young man who is waiting for his lady-love at a bus stop, also suffers bullet injuries and dies.
The naxalites apologise for the 'accidental killing', but the girl will not give up her fight against the extremists. The central theme of the movie is the "mindless killings" by naxalites.
Actor Mahesh Babu was adjudged the Best Leading Actor for the film Atadu while Trisha was adjudged Best Leading Actress for the film Nuvvosthanante Nenoddantaana.
The Best Director award went to Krishna Vamsi for his film Chakram. Srihari got the Best Supporting Actor award for Nuvvosthanante Nenoddantaana while yesteryear heroine Bhanu Priya who played hero Prabhas' mother in Chatrapathi received the Best Supporting Actress award.