Kamal Haasan’s 'Vishwaroopam' still
Kamal Haasan’s 'Vishwaroopam' still

It's raining awards for Tamil film industry.

The 60th National Film Awards were announced on Monday at a press conference in New Delhi. Three Tamil movies have bagged awards in various categories.

"Vazakkuenn 18/9," which received critical acclaim, has received the best Tamil film award. The movie, directed by Balaji Sakthivel, is a love story unfolding a horrific tragedy and an unforgiving system.

The movie has also received the award for Best Make-Up Artiste - Raja.

Kamal Haasan's "Vishwaroopam" has bagged two awards. The film has received awards for the best production design - Boontawee 'Thor' Taweepasas and Lalgudi N. Ilayaraja - as well as the best choreography award for Pandit Birju Maharaj.

"Vishwaroopam," is a spy thriller flick released in January. The movie was embroiled in a controversy with some Muslim groups, which delayed its release date by two weeks. However, the movie has been doing well at the box office grossing more than ₹200 crores. With the movie bagging two national awards, Kamal and his fans are sure to be thrilled.

Just barely three days into its release, Bala's "Paradesi" has also bagged a national award. The movie has won Best Costume Designer Award - Poornima Ramaswamy - appreciating her eye for detail in costume design and giving a look of authenticity in the movie.

"Paradesi" is set in the pre-independent era. It is based on real life incidents and deals with the enslaved tea plantation workers living in Munnar in late 1930s. The movie is an adaptation from "Eriyum Panikadu," a Tamil translation of the 1969 novel "Red Tea" by Paul Harris Daniel.