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Kerala State Film Awards 2017: Indrans, Parvathy, Lijo Jose Bag Top Laurels

Kerala State Film Awards 2017: Indrans, Parvathy, Lijo Jose Bag Top Laurels

Indrans was chosen as the best actor; Ottamuri Velicham was chosen as the best film.

The 48th Kerala State Awards has been announced, and the list of winners are a delightful mix.

Take Off, a movie which adapted the real life story of 19 nurses from Kerala trapped in Tikrit under the custody of the ISIS, won Mahesh Narayanan the award for the Best Debut Director. The film written and directed by V C Abhilash has Indrans playing Pappu Pisharadi, an Ottan thullal artiste. Lijo Jose Pallisery walked away with the award for Best Director for his film Ee.Ma.Yau; a movie invited for screenings at a number of prestigious global film festivals. Mammootty, Mohanlal, Dileep, Prithviraj, Kunchacko Boban, Fahadh Faasil, Nivin Pauly, Jayasurya, Dulquer Salmaan, Asif Ali, Vineeth Sreenivasan, Biju Menon and Tovino Thomas contested for best actor award.

Alencier Ley Lopez, was adjudged the Best Character Actor for his role in Thondimutalum Driksakshiyum, while Polly Wilson won the Best Character Actress laurel.

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The awards were announced in the presence of Minister for Culture and Cinema A.K. Balan. This is the first time Arjunan has won the state award in his fifty year long career. Shahabaz Aman won the best singer (male) and Sithara Krishnakumar bagged honour as the best singer (female). Of the 110 film which competed, 58 were directed by first-time directors while only one was directed by a woman.

The jury noted the content of most films were not of great quality and they were made without any serious approach to the medium.

"There was no difficulty in doing the role".

Arjunan, 82, who has been in the industry for the past five decades, felt extremely happy and overjoyed with the state award. "But I don't think I have learnt enough steps from ottanthullal experts who trained me for the role", he said. "I will continue my profession with more responsibilities", said the actor. "In fact, some of my friends still want me to handle comedy roles", said Indrans.