It was cultural integration at its best as the first South Indian International Movie Awards (SIIMA) to be held in Dubai took off at the World Trade Centre on Friday.
United in their cause to bolster South Indian cinema, an array of stars from Andhra Pradesh (Language spoken: Telugu), Tamil Nadu (Tamil), Karnataka (Kannada) and Kerala (Malayalam) took it upon themselves to showcase their best from their respective states.
It proved to be a memorable night for actress Asin as she walked home with the coveted Best Actor (Female) trophy for her film Kaavalan.
“South Indian industry is like my mother and I have received so much love from her. This is where I originally hail from,” said Asin, who has found remarkable success in Bollywood too. Despite being in the thick of Bollywood release Bol Bachchan's promotions, she took time to attend the award ceremony.
“There was no way I could ever skip the SIIMAs. This is a celebration of South Indian cinema, the industry that gave me everything in my life. This is where I started from, how can I be absent for it?”