Cinegoers Association 40th Film Awards
Andhra Pradesh Cinegoers awards for the year 2008-2009 was held at Lalitha Kala Thoranam at Hyderabad on Sunday. Ex-chief minister K Roshaiah, Dr T Subba Ramireddy, Dr D Ramanaidu, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Kasu Venkata Krishna Reddy, Murali Mohan, Parachuri Brothers, Geetanjali, R V Ramana Murthy, Vijaychander, Dr Srihari, Sagar, Suddala Ashok Teja and many more participated.
While Balakrishna received the best actor award for his performance in ‘Pandurangadu’, Murali Mohan received the life time achievement award, Puri Jagannath as the best director for ‘Neninthe’, Dr Srihari received the best supporting award for ‘Magadheera’ and the life time achievement awards for the year 2009 were received by Vijaychander and Geetanjali.
Addressing the gathering K Roshaiah said, “We have honoured many talents today in this venue. This honor is for the film industry. I hope they all would render more services to the film industry in future.”
Murali Mohan said, “This organization has been giving awards for the past 40 years. B Kishan who organised this function is a close friend of Sobhan Babu. He puts in lot of efforts to run this organization. I’m very happy to take this award.”
T Subba Ramireddy commented, “I hope to see Telugu cinemas receiving National awards in the near future.”
Dr Srihari said, “Even after receiving accolades from the audience I didn’t receive Nandi award for my performance in Magadheera. That made me feel sad. But I consider this award as an Oscar award. I hope Kishan will organize many more such award functions.”
Balakrishna while speaking, “My wishes to this organization for stepping into its 41st year. I’ve a close association with this organization. I know Kishan right from my childhood days. I received three awards continuously from this organization which also honoured me with the title ‘Natasimha’. K Raghavendra Rao garu remade my father’s film ‘Pandurangadu’ and gave me a new life. I thank all the members of this organization for managing this function selflessly. These awards will encourage the artists to give better performance. These awards inspired the government which later started the Nandi awards. I congratulate all the award winners on this occasion.”