50th Kerala State Film Awards: Kani Kusruthi, Suraj, Lijo win big

‘Vasanthi’, directed by Rahman Brothers, was declared the best film


The 50 Kerala State Film Awards were announced on Tuesday. Suraj Venjaramoodu won the award for best actor for his performance in Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 and Vikruthi while Kani Kusruthi won the best actress award for Biriyaani.

Lijo Jose Pellissery bagged the award for best director for Jallikattu, while Vasanthi, directed by Rahman Brothers, was declared the best film.

Veteran cinematographer Madhu Ambat headed the jury for the latest edition of the state awards. This time, 119 films were reportedly in the reckoning.

The second best film award went to Kenjira directed by Manoj Kana.

Here is the list of winners of the 50th Kerala State Film Awards:

Best Film – Vasanthi

Second Best Film – Kenjira

Best Actor – Suraj Venjaramoodu, Android Kunjappan Version 5.25 and Vikruthi

Best Actress – Kani Kusruti, Biriyaani

Best Director – Lijo Jose Pellissery, Jallikattu

Best Character Actor – Fahad Faasil, Kumbalangi Nights

Best Character Actress – Swasika, Vasanthi

Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value – Kumbalangi Nights

Best Children’s Film – Nani

Best Screenplay (Original) – Rahman Brothers, Vasanthi

Best Screenplay (Adapted): PS Rafeeque, Thottappan

Best Child Artist (Male) – Vasudev Sajeesh Mara, Sullu and Kallanottam

Best Child Artist (Female) – Catherine Viji, Nani

Best Debut Director – Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval, Android Kunjappan Version 5.25

Best Music Director – Sushin Shyam, Kumbalangi Nights

Best Male Singer – Najim Arshad

Best Female Singer – Madhusree Narayanan

Best Editor – Kiran Das, Ishq

Best Cinematography – Prathap V Nair, Kenjira

Best Dubbing Artist – Male – Vineeth, Lucifer and Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham

Special Jury mention – Anna Ben for Helen, Nivin Pauly for Moothon and Priyamvadha Krishna for Thottapan