The 16th Ujala Asianet Film Awards geared up at Dubai drew thousands of Malayalam movie fans at the Meydan Hotel & Grand Stand on January 10. The awards were presented annually by the Asianet TV to honor the artistic and technical excellence in Malayalam Film industry with over 30 award categories. They are being held in Dubai for the second time after a successful show in 2012.
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The biggest attraction of the ceremony was the presence of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who was honored with the International Icon of Indian Cinema award. The laurel came to King Khan from a million viewers of Asianet, who had selected the actor for his impeccable onscreen aura and the special connect that he shares with countless international fans around the world.
The superstar was accompanied with a host of other big names from Malayalam movie industry. The show saw the attendance of legendary stars namely, Kamal Hassan, Mohanlal, Mammootty, Dilip, Jayaram, Innocent, Priyamani, Kavya Madhavan and also other generation next actors such as Dulquer Salmaan, Fahadh Faasil, Kunchacko Boban, Amala Paul, Nazriya Nazim and many more.
Besides the shimmering galaxy of movie stars, who made the ceremony sparkle with their glamor and charisma, leading Bollywood composer and singer Shankar Mahadevan, grabbed the spotlight as he bedazzled his fans with a live performance, featuring his chartbuster tracks. The Tamil singing sensation Andrea Jeremiah also trilled her fans with a live performance of her hit Tamil and Telegu songs. The winners of India's Dancing Superstar, the famous dancing five, MJ5 also gave a performance.
Malayalam actors Kavya Madhavan, Isha Talwar, Vineeth, Asha Sarath, Ramya Nambeesan and gen-next sensation Nazriya Nazim also put up their acts and entertained the audience. Famous Malayalam singer Rimi Tomy paid a tribute to A.R.Rahman by singing his hit songs.