"Thrilled that #PS1 has been nominated for six awards"
The nominations for the 16th Asian Film Awards were announced on January 7, 2023, ahead of the March 12 presentation in Hong Kong.
Interestingly, Mani Ratnam’s Ponniyin Selvan 1 has received more nominations than SS Rajamouli’s RRR.
While PS1 has been nominated under six categories, including Best Film, Best Original Music, Best Production Design, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, and Best Costume Design, RRR is competing in only two categories — Best Visual Effects and Best Sound.
A tweet from Asian Film Awards read: “The press conference of the 16th Asian Film Awards has ended successfully just now!
“The 16th Asian Film Awards will be held at 7:30 pm on 12 March (Sunday) at the Hong Kong Palace Museum.
“The nomination list for the 16th Asian Film Awards and the jury president was announced.”
Following the announcement, the production house, Madras Talkies, posted on social media a picture featuring all the nominations.
The caption read: “Thrilled that #PS1 has been nominated for six awards at the 16th Asian Film Awards. Best Film – Ponniyin Selvan – 1, Best Original Music – AR Rahman, Best Editing- Sreekar Prasad, Best Production Design – Thota Tharani. Best Cinematography – Ravi Varman, Best Costume Design Eka.”
Ponniyin Selvan 1 was released on September 30, 2022.
The film features Vikram, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Trisha, Jayam Ravi, Karthi, Sobhita Dhulipala and Aishwarya Lekshmi, among others.
The press conference of #the16thAsianFilmAwards ended successfully on 6 January. The 16th Asian Film Awards will be held on 12 March (Sunday) at the Hong Kong Palace Museum. We have edited the highlights of the press conference, please sit back and enjoy! pic.twitter.com/VhuL45Sz4D
— Asian Film Awards Academy (@AsianFilmAwards) January 7, 2023
The first part of magnum opus Ponniyin Selvan was produced by Lyca Productions and was released in five languages – Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada.
The period drama was based on Kalki Krishnamurthy’s popular historical novel ‘Ponniyin Selvan (The Son Of Ponni)’.
The second part of the film is expected to hit the screens on April 28, 2023.
The makers announced the release date with a video on Twitter.
They captioned it: “Let’s get those swords in the air as we await April 28.”
A milestone achievement! Six nominations at the 16th Asian Film Awards!
Best Film – Ponniyin Selvan: Part 1
Best Original Music – @arrahman
Best Editing- @sreekar_prasad
Best Production Design- #ThotaTharrani
Best Cinematography- @dop_ravivarman
Best Costume Design- @ekalakhani pic.twitter.com/qoLQNpqduO
— Madras Talkies (@MadrasTalkies_) January 7, 2023
“Very happy to share that RRR is in the LONGLIST of BAFTA Film Awards. Thank you, everyone.”
On January 6, RRR director Rajamouli bagged the Best Director Award at the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC).
He also received a standing ovation from the audience when his name was announced for the Best Director Award.
On December 15, the film won four nominations at the HCA Film Awards.
Further, RRR is all set to add another prestigious award to its name in Los Angeles at Golden Globes.
The team including SS Rajamouli, his family, Ram Charan and his wife Upasana, MM Keeravani, will attend the award ceremony which will take place on January 11 in Los Angeles.
The film has been nominated under the Best Motion Picture – Non-English Language category and Best Original Song – Motion Picture category for the song Naatu Naatu.