Father-son victory for Re Somasundaram and Karthikeyan Somasundaram at Pradhana Vizha

It was a father-son victory for actors Re Somasundaram (left)and Karthikeyan Somasundaram at Pradhana Vizha 2016, the annual ceremony that celebrates the best in local Indian television.
It was a father-son victory for actors Re Somasundaram (left)and Karthikeyan Somasundaram at Pradhana Vizha 2016, the annual ceremony that celebrates the best in local Indian television. PHOTO: MEDIACORP VASANTHAM

It was a father-son victory for actors Re Somasundaram and Karthikeyan Somasundaram at Pradhana Vizha 2016, the annual ceremony that celebrates the best in local Indian television.

The elder Mr Somasundaram received the Lifetime Achievement Award for his five-decade contributions to the local Indian media and community, while his son was one of the big winners of the nights with two awards - Best Actor, for his role as Chinnaiya in Annamalai Season 2, and Best Host (Info-Ed), for Sathuranga Vettai.

The other big winner was Jaynesh Isuran, who took home the Best Actor in a Comedy Role, for his turn as Udayasoorian in Kudumbam United 1, as well as the Most Popular Male Personality award.

The Most Popular Female Personality award went to actress Eswari Gunasegaran, who also plays Shruti Bhaskar on Channel 5 drama Tanglin. The popularity awards were determined by audience votes via Mediacorp's Toggle online platform.

Now in its 15th year, the awards ceremony on Saturday (Sept 17) saw a total of 27 awards given out at the MES Theatre At Mediacorp. More than 1,000 people were in attendance according to organisers. The show was also telecast live on Mediacorp's Vasantham.

A new award, the Best Telemovie Award, was introduced this year. It was won by Muthar Kanave, a Valentine's Day telemovie starring actor-music director Shabir Tabare Alam and Tanglin star Jae Liew.

Between awards, the show was peppered with performances by the likes of singers Pravin Saivi, Murali Krishnan and Suthasini Rajendran, among others.