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The 55th Filmfare Awards South (2008) is a segment of the annual Filmfare Awards South. The ceremony was held in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India on 12 July 2008.

Post Content:

  1. Venue
  2. About Filmfare Awards South
  3. Introduction of Filmfare Awards South
  4. Introduction of New Categories
  5. List of Winners-55th Filmfare Awards South (Main Awards)
  6. Most Awards and Nominations
  7. Special Jury Award
  8. Filmfare Awards for Best Female Debut-South
  9. Filmfare Awards for Best Male Debut-South
  10. Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer-South
  11. Filmfare Award for Best Choreographer-South
  12. Filmfare Awards for Best Art Director-South
  13. Lifetime Achievement Award
  14. Technical Awards
  15. Awards Highlights

Venue

Initially, Filmfare Awards South was part of the Filmfare Awards (Hindi Cinema). Therefore, the award ceremonies were held in Bombay (now Mumbai) from 1964 to 1971 in a row.

Filmfare Awards South was held in Chennai for the first time in the year 1972. Moreover, it was the first time when the show was held outside Bombay.

However, the show was again held in Bombay in the years 1973 and 1974.

Thereafter since the 22nd Filmfare Awards South (1975), the ceremony started regularly in Chennai.

The 39th Filmfare Awards were also held in Bombay along with Filmfare Awards (Hindi Cinema) on 31 March 1993.

The 44th Filmfare South (1996) was held at the Ravindra Bharati Auditorium, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh on 30 August 1997.

This was the first time when Filmfare Awards South were held outside Bombay/Mumbai or Madras/Chennai.

The award function started to be held in Chennai and Hyderabad in alternate years since the 43rd Filmfare Awards South (1996).

The 55th Filmfare Awards South (2008) were held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India on 12 July 2008.

About Filmfare Awards South

Filmfare Awards South is a separate segment of the annual Filmfare Awards. The First Filmfare Awards were given on 21 March 1954.

Initially, only Hindi cinema personalities get nominated and awarded in various Filmfare Categories. Thereafter, Filmfare started new segments like Filmfare South, Filmfare Marathi, and Filmfare Bengali.

Filmfare Magazine presents Filmfare Awards. The Time Group publish the Filmfare magazine. Filmfare Awards acknowledge and honor the talent of Hindi Cinema. Whereas Filmfare Awards South aims to consider South Indian Films and related film personalities to honor and encourage them.

Introduction of Filmfare Awards South

South Film Industry makes films in mainly four languages namely Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada. Thus, Filmfare Magazine introduced the new segment of Filmfare Awards for South.

The First Filmfare Award was held in the year 1954 in Bombay (now Mumbai). Filmfare presented awards, for Hindi Cinema, in five categories only.

Thereafter, Filmfare introduced Filmfare Awards South in the year 1964. Meaning thereby, after ten (10) years of the First Filmfare Awards held in Bombay (now Mumbai).

In the meantime, Filmfare also introduced Filmfare Awards East and Filmfare Marathi Awards in 1963. Filmfare Awards East were initially meant for Bangla Cinema. However, Assamese and Odia cinema were also included in the year 2014.

South Indian Films (Tamil and Telugu only) were considered in the 11th, 12th, and 13th Filmfare Awards South. Malayalam Films were added to the 14th Filmfare Awards South (1967). Thereafter, Kannada Films were also added to the 17th Filmfare Awards South. Thus, all four languages of South Indian Films were considered for awards since the 17th Filmfare Awards South (1970).

Introduction of New Categories

Filmfare Awards South presented awards in the category of Best Film only from 1964 to 1972.

Filmfare introduced new categories of awards in the 20th Filmfare Awards (1973). These new categories were Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

Thus, the number of award categories became four (4) since the 20th Filmfare Awards South (1973). Now onward all awards were presented in all four main categories as such Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.

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Best Music Director Award South was introduced in the 38th Filmfare Awards South (1991).

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Three new categories were introduced in the 45th Filmfare Awards South (1998).

  • Filmfare Award South for Best Cinematography.
  • Filmfare Award South for Best Choreography.
  • Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut South.

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Two new new categories were introduced in the 46th Filmfare Awards South (1999).

  • Filmfare Award for Best Playback Singer-South
  • Filmfare Award for Best Art Director-South.

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Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut-South was introduced in the 48th Filmfare Awards South (2001). Earlier the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut-South was introduced in the 45th Filmfare Awards-South (1998).

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Four new award categories were introduced in the 50th Filmfare Awards South for Tamil and Telugu Cinema. These categories were Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Villain, and Best Comedian.

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Three new award categories were introduced in the 53rd Filmfare Awards-South.

  • Best Lyricist
  • Best Editor
  • Best Action Director

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List of Winners-55th Filmfare Awards South (2008)

Nominees and Winners of Tamil Cinema Awards

+ indicates winner

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best Film+K. E. Gnanavel Raja (Producer)Paruthiveeran
L. Suresh (Producer)Billa
Abdurrahman. M (Producer)
Prakash Raj (Producer)Mozhi
S.Sathyaramamoorthy (Producer)Pokkiri
M. S. Guhan (Producer)Sivaji
M. Saravanan (Producer)
Best Director+Ameer SultanParuthiveeran
Prabhu DevaPokkiri
Radha MohanMozhi
S. ShankarSivaji
VetrimaranPolladhavan
Best Actor+KarthiParuthiveeran
Ajith KumarBilla
RajinikanthSivaji
SathyarajOnbadhu Roobai Nottu
VijayPokkiri
Best Actress+Priyamani Paruthiveeran
AsinPokkiri
ArchanaOnbadhu Roobai Nottu
JyothikaMozhi
NayantharaBilla
Tamannaah BhatiaKalloori
Best Supporting Actor+SaravananParuthiveeran
Best Supporting Actress+SujathaParuthiveeran
Best Music Director+A. R. RahmanSivaji
A. R. RahmanAzhagiya Tamil Magan
VidyasagarMozhi
Harris JayarajUnnale Unnale
Yuvan Shankar RajaParuthiveeran
Best Lyricist+Pa. VijayUnnale Unnale from Unnale Unnale
Best Male Playback Singer+S. P. BalasubrahmanyamKannal Pesum from Mozhi
Best Female Playback Singer+Sadhana SargamAkkam Pakkam from Kireedam

Nominees and Winners of Telugu Cinema Awards

+ indicates winner

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best Film+Sekhar Kammula
(Producer)
Happy Days
Kurva Shankar Yadav (Producer)Dhee
DVV Danayya (Producer)Desamuduru
D.Suresh Babu (Producer)Tulasi
Urmila Gunnam (Producer)Yamadonga
Cherry (Producer)
Best Director+Sekhar Kammula Happy Days
S. S. RajamouliYamadonga
Sreenu VaitlaDhee
Puri JagannadhDesamuduru
Tulasiram Mantra
Best Actor+N. T. Rama Rao Jr.Yamadonga
Rajendra PrasadMee Sreyobhilashi
SrikanthOperation Duryodhana
VenkateshAadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule
Allu ArjunDesamuduru
Best Actress+TrishaAadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule
Charmy KaurMantra
Bhoomika ChawlaAnasuya
Genelia D'SouzaDhee
NayantaraTulasi
Best Supporting Actor+Jagapati BabuLakshyam
Mohan BabuYamadonga
Ravi BabuAnasuya
SrihariDhee
Rahul HaridasHappy days
Best Supporting Actress+Sonia Deepti Happy Days
Mamta MohandasYamadonga
Gayatri RaoHappy days
Sindhu MenonChandamama
KalyaniLakshyam
Best ComedianNot Awarded
Best VillainNot Awarded
Best Music Director+Mickey J. MeyerHappy Days
M.M. KeeravaniYamadonga
Yuvan Shankar RajaAadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule
K. M. Radha KrishnanChandamama
ChakriDesamuduru
Best Lyricist+VanamaliArere Arere from Happy Days
Best Male Playback Singer+KarthikArere Arere from Happy Days
Best Female Playback Singer+Sadhana SargamManasa from Munna

Nominees and Winners of Malayalam Cinema Awards

+ indicates winner

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best Film+Mukesh (Producer)Katha Parayumbol
+Sreenivasan (Producer)
Best Director+Babu ThiruvallaThaniye
Best Actor+MohanlalParadesi
Best Actress+Meera JasmineOre Kadal
Best Supporting Actor+Sai KumarAnandabhairavi
Best Supporting Actress+Lakshmi GopalaswamyParadesi
Best Music Director+Ouseppachan Ore Kadal
Best Lyricist+Anil PanachooranArabikkatha
Best Male Playback Singer+Madhu BalakrishnanRock & Roll
Best Female Playback Singer+Swetha MohanOre Kadal

Nominees and Winners of Kannada Cinema Awards

+ indicates winner

Award CategoryWinnerFilm
Best Film+Syed Aman Bachchan (Producer)Aa Dinagalu
+M. S. Ravindra (Producer)
Best Director+K. M. ChaitanyaAa Dinagalu
Best Actor+Duniya Vijay Duniya
Puneeth RajkumarMilana
Best Actress+Rashmi Duniya
Parvathy ThiruvothuMilana
Best Supporting Actor+Sharath LohitashwaAa Dinagalu
Best Supporting Actress+TaraEe Bandhana
Best Music Director+Mano MurthyMilana
Best Lyricist+V. ManoharPallakki
Best Male Playback Singer+Sonu NigamNinnindale from Milana
Best Female Playback Singer+NandithaKariya I Love You from Duniya

Special Jury Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

NameOccupation
Jaya PradaActress
SivakumarActor
Filmfare Lifetime Achievement (South) 2008

Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut-South

  • Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut-South was first introduced in the 45th Filmfare Awards-South (1998).
    • Simran became the first winner of the award.
    • She won the award for the Tamil language films Nerukku Ner, Once More, and VIP.
  • Hansika Motwani and Anjali received the award for Best Female Debut in the 55th Filmfare Awards South (2008).
    • Hansika Motwani won the award for the Telugu language film Desamuduru.
    • Anjali won the award for the Tamil language film Kattradhu Thamizh.

Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut-South

  • Filmfare Award for Best Male Debut-South was first introduced in the 48th Filmfare Awards-South (2001).
  • R. Madhavan became the first winner of the award.
  • He won the award for the Tamil language film Alaipayuthey.
  • Ram Charan Teja won the award for Best Male Debut in the 55th Filmfare Awards South (2008).
  • He won the award for the Telugu language Thriller film Chirutha.

Technical Awards

Filmfare Award for Best Cinematographer-South

  • Filmfare Best Cinematographer-South was first introduced in the 45th Filmfare Awards-South (1998).
  • Santosh Sivan became the first winner of the Award.
    • He won the award for the Tamil language film Iruvar.
  • K. V. Anand won the award for Best Cinematographer-South in the 55th Filmfare Awards South (2008).
    • He won the award for the Tamil language Thriller film Sivaji.

Filmfare Award for Best Dance Choreographer-South

  • Filmfare Award for Best Dance Choreographer South was first introduced in the 45th Filmfare Awards-South (1998).
    • Brinda Master became the first person to received the award.
    • She won the award for the Telugu language film Preminchukundam Raa.
  • Prem Rakshith won the Best Choreographer-South in the 55th Filmfare Awards South (2008).
    • He won the award for the Tamil language Thriller film Azhagiya Tamil Magan.

Filmfare Award for Best Art Director-South

  • Filmfare Award for Best Art Director South was first introduced in the 46th Filmfare Awards-South (1999).
    • Thotta Tharani won the award for the Telugu language film Choodalani Vundi.
  • Filmfare Award for Best Art Director-South was not awarded from the 47th Filmfare Awards South (2000) to the 52nd Filmfare Awards South (2005) for six consecutive years.
  • Thotta Tharani won the Best Art Director Award in the 55th Filmfare Awards South (2008).
    • He won the award for the Tamil language Thriller film Sivaji.

Most Nominations and Most Awards-55th Filmfare Awards South (2008)

  • Tamil language film Paruthiveeran and Telugu language film Happy Days won most awards in the 55th Filmfare Awards-South (2008).
  • Both films won six (6) awards each.
  • Paruthiveeranreceived seven (7) nominations and won six of them.
  • Happy Days received eight (8) nominations and won six of them.
  • By receiving eight (8) nominations Happy Days became the most nominated film in the 55th Filmfare Awards South (2008).

Most Awards-Tamil Cinema

FilmAwardsNomination
Paruthiveeran67
Sivaji36
Mozhi15
Kireedam11
Unnale Unnale12

Most Nominations-Tamil Cinema

FilmNominationsAwards
Paruthiveeran76
Sivaji63
Mozhi51
Pokkiri40
Billa30
Unnale Unnale21

Highlights-Most Awards and Most Nominations (Tamil Cinema)

  • Film Paruthiveeran won the most award in the Tamil Cinema category and the 55th Filmfare Awards-South (2008) as well.
    • The film won six (6) awards in the category of Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress.
    • Ameer Sultan won the award for Best Director (Tamil).
    • Karthi won the award for Best Actor (Tamil).
    • Priyamani won the award for Best Actress (Tamil).
    • Saravanan won the Best Supporting Actor (Tamil).
    • Sujatha won the award for Best Supporting Actress (Tamil).
  • Film Paruthiveeran and Sivaji received six (6) nominations each.
    • By receiving six nominations both films became the most nominated film in the 55th Filmfare Awards South (2008).
  • Film Sivaji received three awards in the category of Best Music Director, Best Art Director-South, and Best Choreographer-South.
    • A.R. Rahman won the Best Music Director (Tamil).
    • K. V. Anand won the Best Choreographer-South.
    • Thotta Tharani won the Best Art Director-South for the second time.
  • Sivaji received nominations for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor too.
    • S. Shankar received the nomination for Best Director (Tamil).
    • Rajinikanth received the nomination Best Actor (Tamil).
  • Film Mozhi received five (5) nominations and won one (1) of them.
    • S. P. Balasubrahmanyam won the award for Best Male Playback Singer-Tamil for the song Kannal Pesum.
  • Film Pokkiri received four (4) nominations but did not win any awards.
    • The film received nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress.
    • Prabhu Deva received the nomination for Best Director.
    • Vijay received the nomination for Best Actor-Tamil.
    • Asin received the nomination for Best Actress-Tamil.
  • Film Billa received three (3) nominations.
    • However, the film could not win any awards.
    • Billa received nominations for Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Actress.
    • Ajith Kumar received the nomination for Best Actor-Tamil.
    • Nayanthara received the nomination for Best Actress-Tamil.
  • Film Unnale Unnale received two nominations and won one of them.
    • Pa. Vijay won the award for Best Lyricist for the title song Unnale Unnale.

Most Nominations and Most Awards-55th Filmfare Awards South (2008)

Most Awards-Telugu Cinema

FilmAwardsNominations
Happy Days68
Yamadonga16
Desamuduru15
Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule13
Lakshyam12
Munna11

Most Nominations-Telugu Cinema

FilmNominationsAwards
Happy Days86
Yamadonga61
Desamuduru51
Dhee40
Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule31
Lakshyam21
Tulasi20
Mantra20
Anasuya20
Chandamama20

Highlights-Most Awards and Most Nominations (Telugu)

  • Telugu film Happy Days won the most awards in the Telugu cinema category.
    • The film won six (6) awards out of eight (8) nominations.
    • By receiving eight nominations Happy Days became the most nominated film in the 55th Filmfare Awards South (2008).
  • Happy Days won awards in the category of Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Music Director, Best Lyricist, and Best Male Playback Singer.
    • Sekhar Kammula won the award for Best Director-Telugu.
    • Sonia Deepti won the award for Best Supporting Actress-Tamil.
    • Mickey J. Meyer won the Best Music Director-Telugu
    • Vanamali won the Best Lyricist for the song Arere Arere.
    • Karthik won the Best Male Playback Singer-Telugu for the song Arere Arere.
  • Film Yamadonga received six (6) nominations.
    • The film won only one (1) award in the category of Best Actor.
    • Jr. NTR won the award for Best Actor-Telugu.
  • Film Desamuduru received five (5) nominations.
    • The film won only one (1) award in the category of Best Female Debut-South.
    • Hansika Motwani won the award for Best Female Debut-South.
  • Film Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule received three (3) nominations.
    • The film won one (1) award in the category of Best Actress.
    • Trisha won the award for Best Actress-Telugu for the film.
  • Film Lakshyam received two nominations and won one of them.
    • Jagapati Babu won the award for Best Supporting Actor-Telugu.
  • Film Munna received one nomination and won the same.
    • Sadhna Sargam won the award for Best Female Playback Singer-Telugu for the song Manasa.

Most Nominations and Most Awards-55th Filmfare Awards South (2008)

Most Awards-Malayalam Cinema

FilmAwards
Ore Kadal3
Paradesi2
Anandabhairavi1
Thaniye1
Katha Parayumbol1
Arabikkatha1
Rock & Roll1

Most Nominations-Malayalam Cinema

FilmNominations
Ore Kadal3
Paradesi2

Highlights-Most Awards and Most Nominations (Malayalam Cinema)

  • Malayalam language film Ore Kadal won the most awards (3) in the Malayalam Cinema category.
    • The film won the categories of Best Actress, Best Music Director, and Best Female Playback Singer-Malayalam.
    • Meera Jasmine won the award for Best Actress-Malayalam.
    • Ouseppachann won the award for Best Music Director-Malayalam.
    • Swetha Mohan won the award for Best Female Playback Singer-Malayalam.
  • Paradesi won two (2) awards in the category of Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress.
    • Mohanlal won the award for Best Actor-Malayalam.
    • Lakshmi Gopalaswamy won the award for Best Supporting Actress-Malayalam.
  • Film Anandabhairavi won one award in the category of Best Supporting Actor.
    • Sai Kumar won the award for Best Actor-Malayalam.
  • Film Thaniye won one award in the category of Best Director.
    • Babu Thiruvalla won the award for Best Actor-Malayalam.
  • Film Katha Parayumbol won the award in the category for Best Film-Malayalam.
  • Film Arabikkatha won one award in the category of Best Lyricist.
    • Anil Panachooran won the award for Best Lyricist.
  • Film Rock & Roll also one award in the category of Best Male Playback Singer-Malayalam.
    • Madhu Balakrishnan won the award for Best Male Playback Singer-Malayalam.

Most Nominations and Most Awards-55th Filmfare Awards South (2008)

Most Awards-Kannada Cinema

FilmAwardsNominations
Aa Dinagalu33
Duniya33
Milana24
Ee Bandhana11

Most Nominations-Kannada Cinema

FilmNominationsAwards
Milana42
Aa Dinagalu33
Duniya33

Highlights-Most Awards and Most Nominations (Kannada Cinema)

  • Film Aa Dinagalu and Duniya won the most awards in the Kannada Cinema category.
    • Both films received three (3) nominations and won all of them.
  • Film Aa Dinagalu won in the category of Best Film, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor.
    • K. M. Chaitanya won the award for Best Actor-Kannada.
    • Sharath Lohitashwa won the award for Best Supporting Actor-Kannada.
  • Film Duniya won in the category of Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Female Playback Singer.
    • Duniya Vijay won the award for Best Actor-Kannada for the film Duniya.
    • Rashmi won the award for Best Actress-Kannada.
    • Nanditha won the Best Female Playback Singer-Kannada for the song Kariya I Love You.
  • Film Milana received four (4) nominations and won two (2) of them.
    • By receiving four (4) nominations Milana became the most nominated film in the Kannada cinema category.
    • Film Milana won in the category of Best Music Director and Best Male Playback Singer.
    • Mano Murthy won the award for Best Music Director-Kannada.
    • Sonu Nigam won the award for Best Male Playback Singer-Kannada for the song Ninnindale.
  • Film Ee Bandhana received one nomination and won the same.
    • The film won in the category of Best Supporting Actress.
    • Tara won the award for the Best Supporting Actress-Kannada.
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