'I dedicate this huge honour to Tamil cinema': Dr Silambarasan is in the rain of wishes!

Actor Simbu, who has been conferred with an honorary doctorate on Tuesday, is in the rain of wishes as his fans and fraternities are commending the actor for the milestone. With the bestowment, the prestigious term 'Doctor' is been prefixed before his name and feat has come after a remarkable comeback through the blockbuster hit 'Maanaadu', after a long hiatus in stabilizing his market and fanbase. 

Simbu was awarded the honorary doctorate by Vels University in Chennai and the actor was one among the three recipients of the honour. The University has organized its 11th Annual Convocation on Tuesday. The event was presided by Dr Ishari Ganesh, who is the founder and chancellor of the university. Actor Simbu was awarded the honorary doctorate along with the other two recipients- VG Santhosam, the Chairman of VGP Group of Companies and Padmashri Mariyappan Thangavel, a paralympic athlete from Tamil Nadu who won medals in the 2016 Rio Olympics and the 2021 Tokyo Games. 

After receiving the honour, Simbu took to social media and extended his gratitude to Vels University. He wrote, "Thanking all the committee members of Vels University and Ishari Ganesh for bestowing the Honorary Doctorate upon me. I dedicate this huge honour to Tamil cinema, my Appa & Amma! Cinema happened to me because of them! Finally - my fans, #NeengailaamaNaanilla. Nandri Iraiva! (Sic)." 

Vels University has decided to honour Simbu with a doctorate for his distinguished excellence in the field of cinema. Two days back, the university has made the announcement that it will honour actor Simbu. In a statement, its founder Ishari Ganesh said, "We are immensely delighted in presenting the esteemed actor Silambarasan TR with an honorary doctorate, as an acknowledgement of his outstanding talent and great efforts in the field of cinema. We at Vels University have a panel of committee members that research the achievements of eminent personalities from various fields. This year, the committee members, have unanimously decided that actor Silambarasan TR would be a worthy recipient of this honorary doctorate." 

He further said, "Tamil cinema has been a blessed land of talented actors and technicians, who have unceasingly worked beyond brilliance, thereby bringing honour to the region on Pan-Indian and International platforms. I am glad that actor Silambarasan TR is undoubtedly the amalgamation of actor and technician, for his multi-faceted avatars as an actor, filmmaker, screenwriter, playback singer, music director, and producer is very well known to the world of cinema." 

In the convocation event, Ishari Ganesh has awarded the honorary doctorate to Simbu and the event was attended by Simbu's parents, T Rajender and Usha Rajender. The visuals of the actor receiving a big honour have been going viral on social media with his fans wishing him and celebrating the milestone. They have been trending 'Dr Silambarasan' on social media platforms and the honour has become the latest addition to Simbu's award store. The actor has already been conferred with Tamil Nadu's highest honour for cinema 'Kalaimamani Award' in 2006. 

Several fraternities had wished Simbu over the doctorate feather on his cap. Director Venkat Prabhu took to Twitter and wrote, "#DRSilambarasan (sic)", to celebrate the accolade. Rajinikanth's daughter Soundarya took to Twitter and wrote, "Congratulations Simbu." Simbu has won several accolades in his career including the SIIMA Award for the stylish star of South Cinema, SIIMA Award for Best Male Playback singer, ITFA Best Actor Award, and Edison Award for Best Actor for Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya and Achcham Yenbadhu Madamaiyada. With the doctorate, Simbu has joined the club of Tamil actors who had earlier received such honour from various universities and organizations. Actors like MG Ramachandran, Sivaji Ganesan, Kamal Haasan, Vijay, and Vikram were been conferred with honorary doctorates.