Shobha Warrier in Chennai
The Tamil film industry has always been unfair to actresses; their role is usually ornamental, to add a touch of glamour or to support the super hero.
But this year, we saw a handful of impeccable performances; interestingly, a couple of them are from little girls!
An excellent actress, Parvathi wowed everyone as Mari in Poo, and in Mariyaan, she was even better. As the fiery Panimalar, a fisherwoman, she was intense and stunning and her body language was perfect.
Truly an award winning performance from an actress who is very choosy about the films she acts in.
Film: Vidiyumm Munn
Pooja Umashankar chooses her roles carefully and it could be seen in Vidiyum Munn where she played a sex worker who is past her prime, but is on a mission to protect a little girl from prostitution.
Her performance was realistic and brilliant.
Film: Vidiyum Munn
If Vidiyum Munn is getting accolades, a lot of the credit should go to the little girl, Malavika Manikuttan.
As Nandhini, a young girl who was to be presented to a client, she effortlessly displayed a range of emotions from fear to defiance to child like innocence.
Another young girl who stole the heart of Tamil filmgoers was Baby Sadhana as Chellamma in Ram's Thangameenkal.
As a student who was an object of ridicule in school and also as a loving child of her father who was excited about everything in life, she was splendid.
Film: Raja Rani
Nobody is surprised when Nayanthara looks gorgeous, and she did look stunning in Raja Rani. But along with that she gave a very realistic and subdued performance as the daring and dominating Regina.
It is one of the best performances from the glamorous diva of Tamil cinema.