Director Gautham Vasudev Meon, popular singer Chinmayi and actress Nithya Menon of 180 and Veppam fame have bagged the Nandi awards, a prestitious honour from the Andhra Pradesh government.
While Chinmayi has been adjudged as the best dubbing artiste for Ye Maaya Chesave, (a remake of Gautham Vasudev Menon’s Vinnai Thandi Varuvaya, Nithya Menon has been declared best actress for her performance in Ala Modalaindi.
And Gautham has been selected as the best screenplay writer for Ye Maya Chesave. Vedam, the original version of Vaanam, has been selected as the best film.
Expressing happiness on winning the coveted award, Chinmayi says, ‘For this Nandi Award, a big thank you to Gautham Vasudev Menon, Mahesh anna, the Jury, the one-of-a-kind-film-fans of Andhra Pradesh and team VTV. YMC/VTV will always be super special.’
On how her dubbing career started, she says, ‘This journey, too started from Rahman sir’s studio when the studio engineer Karthik called me to test for Sillunu Oru Kadhal.’
‘I, in my opinion, had a very un-girly, un-sing-song voice. I was just the normal voice. Somehow Director Krishna decided this is the voice he wants for Bhumika Chawla and I am now 22 films old for dubbing in about 5 years.’
‘I continue to be surprised with this though. This was never something I planned. But I can tell you that this path was not easy. And I also said I didn't want to be doing this at some point because some things were becoming too difficult to handle. I faced a lot of resistance. Not to mention a lot of envy. However, destiny took over. Things changed. And I am grateful for the opportunities.’
‘Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya and Ye Maaya Chesave are definitely one of the best films in my dubbing career. I love working with Gautham sir. Learned alot of things from him. Especially subtlety in dubbing.’