IARA 2018: Vijay wins Best International Actor award for Mersal
Tamil actor Vijay has been honoured by the International Achievement Recognitions Awards (IARA) 2018.The UK based company has bestowed Vijay with the Best International Actor award for the year 2018. He won the award for his performance in a triple role in last year’s blockbuster film, Mersal. The award ceremony took place on September 22 in London but Vijay couldn’t attend the event due to his other commitments. Reportedly, the awards were based solely on audience’s voting.
Interestingly, this is not the first time Mersal is getting an international level recognition. The movie had recently won the prestigious Best Foreign Language Film Award at the 4th annual National Film Awards UK for 2018. The Atlee directorial was India’s official entry to the NFA and it competed with films from various other countries like, France, Russia, Germany, Sweden, Chile, South Africa etc. Mersal was also the first Indian film to win the foreign language film award at the NFA, UK.
Mersal is one of the highest grossing films of all time in Tamil cinema. Vijay played triple roles in the movie while Samantha, Kajal Agarwal and Nithya Menen played the female leads. The movie caught nationwide attention after a section of doctors and the ruling BJP staged protests and demanded for boycotting the movie. The protagonist in the film fights for free medical facilities to all, regardless of their financial background. A few dialogues criticising the government’s schemes like demonetization and GST caused the trouble.
The controversy proved to be a blessing in disguise for Mersal team as the movie went on to do phenomenal busines worldwide. Thenandal Studios Limited produced the movie.