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