Prem Kumar, who made a splashing directorial debut last year with Vijay Sethupathi-Trisha starrer love saga ’96’, has won the coveted Gollapudi Srinivas Memorial Award.
’96’ has emerged winner among 10 nominations in various languages from all over the country and has become the first Tamil film in 18 years to win this honour. The last time, Janaki Vishwanathan had won the award for her debut flick ‘Kutty’ in 2001.
Established in 1998, the Gollapudi Srinivas Award envisages to perpetuate the memory of Gollapudi Srinivas, a young director, who tragically passed away in an accident during the shoot of his maiden venture in 1992. The award is announced annually on March 17 and presented on August 12 each year.
According to the committee members of Gollapudi award, it serves as a huge incentive for debutant directors who have laboured long and hard to translate their ideas onto celluloid.
In the past, popular personalities like Aamir Khan (‘Taare Zameen Par’) and Konkana Sen Sharma (‘A Death In The Gunj’) had won the award.