R. Madhavan, who played a retired boxer-turned-coach with élan in Sudha Kongara’s Irudhi Suttru, has bagged the Best Actor Award at the second edition of IIFA Utsavam 2017 for the critically-acclaimed Tamil sports drama.
The Hindi version of Irudhi Suttru titled Saala Khadoos was also appreciated from both audience and the critics alike. Interestingly, Irudhi Suttru was nominated in five major categories including Best Movie, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor Female and Best Singer Female.
Last year, Irudhi Suttru was screened at the prestigious Tokyo International Film Festival and the movie was met with a fabulous response from the people and the media, who couldn’t stop praising Madhavan’s stupendous performance in the inspiring movie.
Madhavan said of his win, “It was wonderful to win the award at the global platform. The response to Irudhi Suttru and Saala Khadoos has been overwhelming. I think after four years of hard work and challenges I feel truly vindicated.”
Irudhi Suttru (English: Final Round), titled as Saala Khadoos in Hindi (English: Strict Scroundel), is a 2016 Indian sports drama film written and directed by Sudha Kongara. Simultaneously shot in Tamil and Hindi, the film features R. Madhavan in the leading role as a boxing coach, with newcomer Ritika Singh as an aspiring boxer. Both versions are produced by S. Sashikanth for Y NOT Studios and UTV Motion Pictures, while C. V. Kumar’s Thirukumaran Entertainment co-produces the Tamil version and Madhavan’s Tricolour Films with Rajkumar Hirani present the Hindi version. Featuring music composed by Santhosh Narayanan, Sanjay Wandrekar and Atul Raninga, the film has cinematography by Sivakumar Vijayan and editing by Sathish Suriya. After beginning pre-production works in early 2013, the film began shoot in July 2014 and was shot within fifty days. Both film opened on 29 January 2016 and received critical acclaim.
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