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The 8th Vijay Awards ceremony to honour the best of the Tamil film industry in 2013 was held on 5 July 2014 at Chennai. Hosted by Neeya Nana Gopinath and Divyadharshini, the Vijay Awards was attended by celebrities and more than 10,000 people. Among the number of variety programs performed by various celebrities, the mimicry act performed by Kalidas Jayaram really stunned the audience.
He imitated actors Vijay, Surya and Ajith even the stars who were a part of the award function. His father Jayaram is a popular mimicry artist who entered films imitating a wide range of actors. Kalidas Jayaram who is looking forward for a clean entry into tamil film industry has given his performance as a token before the real opening.
The 100 feet by 60 feet stage with 20 SD cameras both inside and outside the venue with still cameras, hand held cameras, jibs and one drone camera caught the eye of the audience. The award function which nearly happened for seven and a half hours is being telecast in two parts (four hours each) on 20 July and 27 July 2014. With a team of 100 people working both infront and behind the screen, the show was taken care of by Vijay Awards core creative VP Mahendran.
The highlight of the event was the stunning performances by actors Sruthi Haasan, Vani Kapoor, Anirudh, Hansika Motwani, Lakshmi Rai and others on stage. The major stars who attended the function include Ulaganayagan Kamalhassan, the Badhshah of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan, actors Vijay, Surya, A.R. Rehman, Yuvan Shankar Raja, Director Shankar, Nayantara, Sruthi Haasan, Hansika Motwani, Pooja Kumar, Kushbu, Karthik, Gautam Karthik, actor Jayaram, Nazriya, Malawika Pooja, Vikram Prabhu and Ramkumar. The function was also graced by Aishwarya Dhanush Rajnikanth, Priya Anand, Dhanshika, Ramyakrishnan, dance choreographer Brinda, Gayathri Raguram, and many others.
The best film award was bagged 'Thanga Meengal' while the best director award was given to Bala for 'Paradesi'. The best actor - male award was given to Kamal Haasan for Vishwaroopam and best actor - female award was given to Nayantara for 'Raja Rani'. The favorite Hero award was given to Vijay for Thalaiva. Around 8.5 crore was spent to make the entire event a grand success.