2017 South Indian International Movie Awards winners - Tamil and Malayalam

The winners were selected from 120 nominations across 24 categories, honouring the industry’s best singers, lyricists, actors, debutants and music and film directors.

Ritika , South Indian film actress during the red carpet of South Indian International Movie Awards held at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi. Pawan Singh / The National
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The 2017 South Indian International Movie Awards (Siima) wrapped up in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, July 1, with the Tamil and Malayalam awards announced.

The two-day event kicked off on Friday, June 30, with the stars of Kannada and Telugu cinema given their kudos at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) in front of an excited crowd made up of industry figures and fans.

This was the first time the capital had hosted the glitzy film night, with Dubai having been the last UAE location to play host back in 2015.

The cream of the Siima crop spent as many as three days in Abu Dhabi visiting some of the emirate’s biggest attractions, including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace and Ferrari World.

Aside from the awards, the crowd was entertained by stars including Pooja Hegde, Hansika, Shriya Saran and songstress Usha Uthup.

The Telegu and Kannada award winners were selected from 120 nominations across 24 categories, honouring the industry’s best singers, lyricists, actors, debutants and music and film directors. A lifetime achievement award was also presented to SP Balasubrahmanyam for his contributions to the industry.

Here’s a full list of Saturday's winners:

Playback Singer Male in Tamil and Malayalam
Anirudh Ravichander and Sooraj Santosh

Playback Singer Female in Tamil and Malayalam
K.S. Chitra (both)

Best Music Director in Tamil and Malayalam
Manjima Mohan and Biji Bal

Best Lyricist in Tamil and Malayalam
Madhan Karky and Santosh Verma

Best Comedian in Tamil and Malayalam
Yogesh Babu and Joju George

Best Actor in Negative Role in Tamil and Malayalam
Prakash Raj and Chemban Vinod Jose

Best Actor in Support Role Male in Tamil and Malayalam
Prakash Raj and Renji Paniker

Best Actor in Support Role Female in Malayalam
Lakshmy Ramakrishnan

Best Debutante Female in Tamil
Ritika Singh

Best Debutante Female in Malayalam
Rajisha Vijayan

Best Debutant Male in Tamil
Kalidas Jayaram

Best Debutant Male in Malayalam
Shane Nigam

Best Debutant Director in Tamil
Karthick Naren

Best Director in Malayalam
Vyaskh

Critics Best Actress Tamil
Varalakshmi

Critics Best Actress in Malayalam
Asha Sarath

Entertainer of the Year
Vijay

Special Jury Awards Tamil
Nainika

Best Actor (Tamil)
Sivakarthikeyan (Remo)

Best Actor (Malayalam)
Mohanlal (Pulimurugan)
Best Actress – Tamil and Malayalam
Nayanthara (both for Iru Mugan and Puthiya Niyamam, respectively)
Best Actor Critics (Tamil and Malayalam)
R Madhavan and Nivin Pauly
Best Actress Critics (Tamil and Malayalam)
Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and Asha Sarath
Best Film (Malayalam)
Kammattipaadam 
Best Music Director (Tamil)
A R Rahman