51st Kerala State Film Awards: Here is the full list of winners

‘The Great Indian Kitchen’ wins best picture, while Jayasurya and Anna Ben take lead actor honors

‘The Great Indian Kitchen’ wins best picture, while Jayasurya and Anna Ben take lead actor honors

Jeo Baby’s ‘The Great Indian Kitchen’, which won acclaim from all over for its portrayal of a woman’s daring fight back in an oppressive patriarchal family, was chosen as Best Film at the 51st Kerala State Film Awards reported on Saturday afternoon.

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Director Jeo Baby also won Best Original Screenplay. The choice of the film was a unanimous decision of the jury, according to actor-director Suhasini, president of the jury.

Actor Jayasurya won his second Best Actor (Male) State Award for his performance in ‘Vellam,’ which kept an archetypal drunken tale afloat, while Anna Ben won Best Actor (female) for her performance in “Kappela” as a naive young woman. who has to negotiate many pitfalls when she goes out into the big world. Sidhartha Siva won Best Director for ‘Ennivar’.

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These are the first prizes after changing the rules to introduce a two-tier judging mechanism following an increase in entries for the prizes. The main jury had to view about thirty films selected from a total of 80 submissions by a preliminary jury. Actor-director Suhasini leads the judging panel, while eight-time National Award winner and Kannada director P. Seshadri and director Bhadran were the chairmen of the two committees of the preliminary selection committee.

In declaring the award, Cultural Affairs Minister Saji Cherian said the award sends a message that women showing up in all walks of life, including in film, are the need of the times. Ms Suhasini said Kerala should be appreciated for hosting the award during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, inspiring artists.

“The quality of all the films has been good. It is only when there is a calamity that people think differently. It will bring out different emotions in people. Production would have been difficult during that time, but we had 80 films to consider,” Ms. Suhasini said. She said the competition for the Best Actor (Female) award was tough with seven contenders in the final round.

Here is the full list of winners

Best film – Great Indian cuisine (Director: Jeo Baby)

Best Actor (Male) – Jayasurya (Vellam)

Best Actor (Female) – Anna Ben (Kappela)

Best Director – Siddharth Shiva (Ennivar)

Second Best Film –Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam (Director: Senna Hegde)

Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value – Ayyappanum Koshiyum (Dir- Sachidanandan KR)

Best Character Actor (Male) – Sudheesh (Ennivar, Bhoomiyile Manohara Swakaryam)

Best Character Actor (Female) – Sreerekha (Veyil)

Best First Director – Muhkammed Mustafa (Kappela)

Best Story – Senna Hegde (Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam)

Best Composer -M Jayachandran (Sufiyum Sujathayum)

Best Background Music -M Jayachandran (Movie – Sufiyum Sujathayum)

Best Playback Singer (Male) – Shahabaz Aman (“Sundaranayavane” from Halal Love Story and “Akashmayavale” from “Vellam”)

Best Playback Singer (Female) – Nithya Mammen (“Vathukkal Vellaripravu” by Sufiyum Sujathayum)

Best Lyrics – Anwar Ali (“Smaranakal Kadayi” by Bhoomiyile Manohara Swakaryam and “Theerame” by Malik)

Best Editor – Mahesh Narayanan (CU Soon)

Best Screenplay (Original) – Geo Baby (Great Indian cuisine)

Best Screenplay (Adapted) — No deserving entries

Best Cinematography – Chandru Selvaraj (Kayattam)

Best Children’s Film – Bonami (directed by Tony Sukumar)

Best Child Actor (Male) – Niranjan S (Kasiminte Kadal)

Best Child Actor (Female) – Aravya Sharma (Pyali)

Best Art Direction – Santosh Raman )pyali, Malik)

Best sync sound – Adarsh ​​Joseph Cherian (Santoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam)

Best Sound Mix -Ajith Abraham George (Sufiyum Sujathayum)

Best sound design – Tony Babu (Great Indian Cuisine)

Best Voice-Over Artist (Male) – Shoby Thilakan (Bhoomiyile Manohara swakaryam for Thambidurai)

Best Voice Artist (Female) – Riya Saira (Ayyappanum Koshiyum for Kannamma)

Best Choreography – Lalitha Soby, Babu Xavier (Sufiyum Sujathayum)

Best Colorist – Liju Prabhakar (Kayattam)

best makeup – Rashid Ahmed (article 21)

best disguise -Dhanya Balakrishnan (Malik)

Best Visual Effects – Saryas Muhammad (Love)

Jury Mention (Actor) – Siji Pradeep (Bharathappuzha)

Special price for trans people or women of any category – Nanchiyamma (for the interpretation of the song ‘Kalakkatha’ by Ayyappanumn Koshiyum)

Mention of the Jury (Costume) -Nalini Jameela (Bharathappuzha)

best film book – Akhyanathinte Piriyan Kovanikal by PK Surendran

Best Film Article – Adoorinte Anch Naayaka kathapathrangal by John Samuel