25/03/2015 5:01 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

10-Year-Old Uthara Unnikrishnan Has Won The Same Award Her Father Won 21 Years Ago


Families in showbiz tend to be quite talented. It's also quite common, especially in the entertainment industry, to see the children following in the footsteps of their parents.

But how often do we see them being conferred with the exact same honour as well?

On Tuesday afternoon, as the 62nd National Film Awards were announced, the spotlight was stolen by the big awards given to Bollywood films like 'Haider' and 'Queen', as well as festival favourites 'Court' and 'Killa'.

But one of the most remarkable coincidences that came out of this announcement flew completely under the radar. Young Uthara Unnikrishnan, all of 10 years old, was adjudged the best female playback singer for her song 'Azhagu' in the Tamil movie 'Saivam'.

In 1994, her father, renowned Carnatic and playback singer P Unnikrishnan had won the National Award for best male playback singer for two songs: 'Ennavale' from 'Kadhalan' (composed by AR Rahman, the Hindi version of this song, 'Sun Ri Sakhi', was sung by Hariharan) and 'Uriyum Neeye' from 'Pavithra' (also composed by Rahman).

According to, young Uthara was only 8 years old when she recorded the song that won her an award.

Truly her father's daughter, wouldn't you say?

Here is the video of 'Azhagu', uploaded on YouTube.

And here's a video of Uthara singing the song live at the audio launch of Saivam.

H/T: The News Minute

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