South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA)

Wraps Up 2017 Edition in Abu Dhabi

Supported by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, the star-studded event honoured the best ofTamil

and Malayalam movies and music on final day

All India, 05th July 2017: In association with Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the final night of the prestigious annual South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) drew to a close on July 1st, celebrating South Indian cinema across the Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam film industries under the theme of ‘Celebrating the Unity and Oneness of the South Indian Film Industries’. Held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the second day of the two-day extravaganza recognised the best talent in Telegu and Kannada cinema.

Hosted by renowned actors Sathish and Dhanya Balakrishna, the final evening of SIIMA 2017 featured special performances by Anu Sitara, Manjima Mohan, Nikki Galrani, Hansika Motwani, Mano, and Shriya Saran. In attendance were South Indian movie stars Rana Daggubati, R Madhavan, Rakul Preet, Nivin Pauly, Trisha, Nayanthara , Sivakarthikeyan, Lakshmi Manchu, Mohan Babu, Anirudh Ravichander, and many more, as well as special appearanaces by Bollywood superstars Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif.

The Telegu and Kannada award winners were selected from 120 nominations across 24 categories, honouring the industry’s best singers, lyricists, actors, debutants and music and film directors. A lifetime achievement award was also presented to Mr. S. P. Balasubrahmanyam for his contributions to the industry.

The full list of winners from Day 2 are as below:

  • Playback Singer Male in Tamil and Malayalam

Anirudh Ravichander and Sooraj Santosh

  • Playback Singer Female in Tamil and Malayalam

K. S. Chitra (both)

  • Best Music Director in Tamil and Malayalam

Manjima Mohan and Biji Bal

  • Best Lyricist in Tamil and Malayalam

Madhan Karky and Santosh Verma

  • Best Comedian in Tamil and Malayalam

Yogesh Babu and Joju George

  • Best Actor in Negative Role in Tamil and Malayalam

Prakash Raj and Chemban Vinod Jose

  • Best Actor in Support Role Male in Tamil and Malayalam

Prakash Raj and Renji Paniker

  • Best Actor in Support Role Female in Malayalam

Lakshmy Ramakrishnan

  • Best Debutant Female in Tamil

Ritika Singh

  • Best Debutant Female in Malayalam

Rajisha Vijayan

  • Best Debutant Male in Tamil

Kalidas Jayaram

  • Best Debutant Male in Malayalam

Shane Nigam

  • Best Debutant Director in Tamil

Karthick Naren

  • Best Director in Malayalam


  • Critics Best Actress Tamil


  • Critics Best Actress in Malayalam 

Asha Sarath

  • Entertainer of the Year


  • Special Jury Awards Tamil


Now in its sixth year, SIIMA is the leading and most-viewed award show in the industry, recognising talent and excellence while taking South Indian Cinema across global horizons to create an engaging platform for South Indian actors to reach international fans. Previous editions have been held in Dubai, Sharjah, Malaysia and Singapore.

The final night of SIIMA was preceded by a special session with Bollywood superstars Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif ahead of their upcoming movie titles Jagga Jasoos, hosted at the Dusit Thani, Abu Dhabi on July 1st.

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SIIMA Boilerplate:
SIIMA, an acronym for South India International Movie Awards, is a one-of-its kind endeavor to present South Indian Cinema on a global platform. SIIMA promises to be a two-day event that film lovers across the world will sit up and watch with bated breath. After successfully hosting the previous five editions in Dubai, Sharjah, Malaysia, Dubai & Singapore, the sixth edition of SIIMA travels to Abu Dhabi, taking the South Indian Cinema awards a step ahead on the global platform and marking its own niche Overseas.

About TCA Abu Dhabi:
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction which enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Authority manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. TCA Abu Dhabi supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role is to build synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.

For more information please contact:
Bejan Dinshaw
Country Manager
Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority
Tel: +91 11 23737348 | Fax: +91 11 23350270