It’s a great day for Malayalam movie industry and its millions of fans as The 61st National Awards have been declared and Mollywood artists have bagged half a dozen of them!
Yes, that’s right – Suraj Venjaaramoodu is the Best Actor this year for his stunning portrayal of a poverty stricken sweeper in the movie Perariyathavar, directed by Dr. Biju. The movie also managed to bag an award for the Best Environmental Film. Suraj shares the honour with another actor, Raj Kumar Rao.
It was not long back that another Malayali comedic actor was awarded the same honour for a dramatic performance – we’re of course talking about Salim Kumar in Aadaaminte Makan Abu.
Anil Radhakrishnan Menon’s elegant movie North 24 Kaatham was declared the Best Malayalam Film. The movie told the journey of a brilliant but obsessive compulsive man to a new perspective on life through his chance encounter and involvement with an old man and a young girl. Fahad Fazil, Nedumudi Venu and Swathi Reddy essayed the roles, respectively.
The artistic couple and pride of Mollywood, Geethu Mohandas and her husband Rajeev Ravi claimed the spotlight too. The platform was the movie Liar’s Dice, directed by Geethu and the cinematography for which was handled by Rajeev. It was Rajeev who bagged the award for Best Cinematographer along with Geethanjali Thapa, declared Best Actress, who played the lead female role in the movie.
And we’re not done yet – Shaji N. Karun’s Swapaanam, starring Jayaram, too bagged an award at the prestigious affair.
Yes, dear Mollywood fans, we can certainly be proud of the fact that our stars seem to shine bright this year not just with glitz and glamour but with raw talent and deserving acclaim as well…