“Vaa Loabi Engeynama” (If Only You Knew How Much I Love You) repeated history after winning a record 12 awards at the 5th National Film Award held at Alimas Carnival Saturday night. The only other movie to have won 12 awards at the National Film Awards was Mohamed Niyaz Tedry’s ‘Amaanaiy’.
The movies eligible for entry in the Awards ceremony, organized by the National Centre for the Arts, were made between 2006 and 2007.
“Vaa Loabi Engeynama” even won the Best Movie award and dominated in most of the categories it was nominated in. In addition to Best Movie, it won Best Director for Ahmed Nimal, Best Actor for Yoosuf Shafeeu, Best Actress for Mariyam Afeefa, Best Supporting Actress for Fathmath Fareela, Best Screenplay for Mahudhy Ahmed, Best Choreography for Fahtmath Fareela, Best Audiography for Ali Musthafa and Mahudhy Ahmed, Best Editing for Ali Musthafa, Best Original Music for Ibrahim Nifau, Best Costumes for Naziya Ismail, and Best Score for Ibrahim Nifau.
Art film “Heylaa”, which performed poorly when it was screened, managed to hold out pretty well against “Vaa Loabi Engeynama” and won in five categories in which both were nominated. “Heylaa” won the Best Supporting Actor for Ismail Rasheed (Kopee), Best Child Artist for Ahmed Mauroof, Best Story for Mumin Fuad, Best Cinematography for Mumin Fuad and Ali Shifau, and Best Art Direction for Ali Shifau.
Best Male and Female Vocalists went to Hussain Ali and Fathmath Zoona for “Hiyani” and “Hithuge Edhun”. The horror movie “Hukuru Vileyrey”, based on a Binma Ibrahim Waheed story of the same name, won in the Best Makeup category and Best Visual Effects category.
Popular actor Yoosuf Shafeeu dominated in the short-movie categories, winning the Best Movie and Best Director for his short-movie “E Dhonveli Thundi”. Best Actor and Actress in the Short-Movie category went to Ali Riyaz and Niuma Mohamed for “Vasvaas 2” and “Fahu Sofhaa” respectively.