The JFW Movie Awards 2022 presented by Twin Birds and Powered by Prithvi inner wears and Dazller Eterna, Colour Partner Nippon Paint, Co-presented by Tamil Matrimony was held on March 19, 2022, to award the winners in Tamil Cinema under various categories for the films of 2021. The highlight of the JFW Movie Awards is that it is the only award focusing on women-based categories in Cinema.
The event witnessed a huge lineup of the best of the best from the Tamil Film Industry. Among the awardees and presenters at the event were LijoMol Jose, Lakshmi Priya Chandramouli, Andrea Jeremiah, Priyanka Mohan, Aishwarya Rajesh, Kidakuzhi Mariyammal, Archana Chandoke, Darbuka Siva, Vignesh Shivan, Arun Vijay, Sathish, DSP, GV Prakash and Brindha Gopal among others.
The winners were judged in 17 categories, based on their work in 2021. The event saw all the awardees and presenters acknowledging the importance of women in cinema, be it in front or behind the camera and lauded JFW for initiating this platform to focus on such talents. The event was hosted by Mirchi Vijay and Kiki Vijay. They kept the audience thoroughly engaged with their timely comebacks and sense of humour!
Here’s a look at the winners list of JFW Movie Awards 2022:
Best Actress in a Lead Role:
LijoMol Jose won the award for the Best Actress in a Lead Role category. The award was presented to her by Justice Chandru, whose role Actor Suriya played in the film Jai Bhim. Justice Chandru spoke about the impact created by the film and said that more films should be made based on real life incidents.
Best Actress in a Women-centric film:
The award for the Best Actress in a women-centric film was bagged by Nayanthara for Netrikann. Vignesh Shivan collected the award on her behalf. Co-founder of JFW, Bina Sujit, presented the award to him.
Best Debutante – Critic:
Dushara Vijayan won the award for Best Debutante – Critic, for her performance as Mariyammal in Sarpatta Parambarai. She received the award from Music composer and actor GV Prakash along with Mr. Aadittya Hariprasad, MD, Aravind Laboratories. Dushara thanked Director Pa Ranjith for trusting and giving her the role, and also was grateful to Actor Arya, without whose support she would not have been able to give her best performance.
The award for Best Debutante was won by Priyanka Mohan for the film Doctor. She was presented the award by actor Arun Vijay along Mr.Balan S, MD, Prithvi Innerwears. She mentioned that this was the first award she received ever since her debut in Doctor. Meanwhile, Arun Vijay shared a fun note about his love for fitness.
Special Recognition – Best Actress:
Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli won a Special Recognition award for Best Actress for her performance in Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum. The Director of the film Vasanth presented the award to the actor. They spoke about their experience in the film. Vasanth mentioned that Lakshmi Priyaa was a very dedicated actor. On the other hand, Lakshmi Priyaa also said that she stood on this stage receiving the award only because of Director Vasanth, who brought out her potential.
Best Child Artist:
The award for the Best Child Artist was won by Zaara Vineet for the movie Doctor. She was presented the award by Bjorn Surrao, who was her co-actor in the movie, along with Mr. Subash GajesSelvara, Senior VP, Nippont Paint. Bjorn also performed Master the Blaster on stage. Zaara thanked her mother first and then Director Nelson Dilipkumar and Sivakarthikeyan for giving her the role. Zaara and Bjorn then went on to perform scenes from the film Doctor.
Choreographer of the Year:
Choreographer and director Brindha Gopal won the award for Choreographer of the year for the song Tum Tum from Enemy. Music director Devi Sri Prasad presented her with the award. After receiving the award, she also danced to the Tum Tum song along with Kiki Vijay, and the audience went wild with their cheers!
Best Dubbing Artist:
The award for the Best Dubbing Artist was bagged by Nimmi Harshan who was the voice behind Teddy in the movie Teddy. The cast of the Mudhal Nee Mudivum Nee film presented her with the award. Nimmi Harshan surprised the audience with her impressive and immediate dubbing of Dora in Tamil. The audience loved her performance, as they were all taken back to their childhood for a couple of minutes.
Lyricist Thamarai won the award for the Best Lyricist for her song ‘Yaar Azhaipadhu’ from Maara. Film and music director Darbuka Siva presented the award to her. Thamarai was the lyricist for a number of songs composed by Darbuka Siva in Enai Noki Payum Thota. The two connected on stage over the memories of the same.
Best Director of a Women Centric film:
Director Vignesh Karthik won the Best Director award for his film Thittam Irandu. The lead actor of the film, Aishwarya Rajesh, presented the award to the director, along with Mr. Akhil Jain, GM Marketing, Tamil Matrimony. Aishwarya Rajesh shared her experience working with Vignesh Karthik. Vignesh recollected his time as an anchor for JFW awards, and how he it was a ‘dream come true’ for him to receive an award on the same stage.
Best Singer- Critic:
The singer of Kandaa Vara Sollunga from Karnan, Kidakkuzhi Mariyammal, won the Best Singer- Critic award. The comedian and actor Sathish presented the award to her. She sang the song on stage, and her orotund voice stunned the audience into a silence of respect, which was followed by a huge round of applause.
Best Singer – Popular Choice:
Andrea Jeremiah won the award for Best Singer- Popular Choice for the song Oo Solriya from Pushpa. The music director for Pushpa, Devi Sri Prasad, presented the award to her. Andrea and DSP spoke about their time preparing and recording the song. Andrea then set the stage on fire, as she grooved and sang Oo Solriya for the audience. The audience were more than thrilled to listen to her live on stage.
Best Director – Critic:
Director Vasanth won the award for Best Director- Critic for the film Sivaranjiniyum Innum Sila Pengalum. The award was presented to him by Priya Ravichandran, Joint Director, Fire and Rescue. Director Vasanth spoke about his journey with the film and said that he was happy to receive an award for a woman-centric film.
Best Women Centric Film of the year:
The award for the Best women centric film of the year went to Netrikann. The award was received by Vignesh Shivan on behalf of his production company, Rowdy Pictures. Vignesh Shivan shared that if he would ever act as the Hero of a film, his heroine would surely be Nayanthara. The award was presented to him by 2D Entertainment’s Rajsekhar Pandian.
Best Costume Designer:
For the film Raame Aandalum Raavane Aandalum, Vinothini Pandian won the award for the best costume designer. Her brother, Rajsekhar Pandian of 2D Entertainment received the award on her behalf from Actor and Dubbing artist Deepa Venkat. Rajsekhar said that the film was the first for Vinothini as a costume designer. He also shared that he was very proud of his sister for winning and award for her debut movie itself.
Best Actress- Negative Role:
Nandita Swetha won the award for Best Actress- Negative Role, for the film Nenjam Marappathillai. Rajsekar Pandian of 2D Entertainment presented the award to the actor. Nandita explained that it was a challenge for her to act with a stalwart like SJ Suryah, and to be directed by another legend like Selvaraghavan. She thanked JFW for recognising her talent and presenting an award for her performance in the film.
Best Supporting Actress:
The award for the Best Supporting Actress was won by Archana Chandoke for her performance in Doctor. She received the award from Comedian and Actor Sathish. Archana was beyond happy to receive the award for and she recollected her time as an anchor of JFW awards, just to be back on stage as an awardee.