The actor brought his real life skill and passion for playing the chenda (percussion instrument) on to the big screen in Swapaanam. As a reason for not granting him Best Actor at the State Awards, one of the judges in the prestigious panel, Surya Krishnamurthy, had told the media that they found Jayaram’s performance overly “dramatic” and “old fashioned”. Guess the VFA panel thought differently… ;)
The awards, instituted by the Chattambi Swamikal Saamskaarika Samithi, were announced yesterday at the Trivandrum Press Club and would be awarded in a prestigious ceremony in the city on July 12 and 13.
Meena won the Best Actress award for her portrayal of the distressed housewife, who goes through unforeseen danger and emotional turmoil with resolve and strength for her family, in Jeethu Joseph’s Drishyam. Jeethu himself won in the Best Script category for both Drishyam and Memories.
Director Shyamaprasad won Best director for his movie Artist.
In any case, it’s been a long time coming and well deserved – Hearty congrats to Jayaram!