Powerful performances won big at the Kerala State Film Awards which were announced on Thursday. Parvathy, who played the lead role in the critically-acclaimed as well as commercially successful film Take Off, won the Best Actor (Female) award. In the male category, actor Indrans bagged the top honour for his role of a distraught father searching for his missing son in the movie Aalorukkam.
Parvathy has earleir won the award in 2015 for her performance in the movie Charlie. Lijo Jose Pallisery walked away with the award for Best Director for his film E Ma You. It was a film shot in just 18 days and had been invited for screenings in various prestigious international film festivals.
Ottamuri Velicham directed by Raul Riji Nair won the award for the best film. The film stars Vinitha Koshy, Dipak Parambol and Devaki Rajendran.
AK Arjunan won the award for the best music composer for his work in the film Bhayanakam. Though he is a veteran in the industry, this is the first time he has won the state award.
Take Off, a cinematic adaptation of the real life story of 19 stranded Kerala nurses trapped in Tikrit and under the custody of the ISIS, won Mahesh Narayanan the award for the best debut director.
The best character actor award was won by Pauly Valsan for her perfomances in two movies- E Ma You and Ottamuri Velicham. Alencier has been chosen as the best character actor (male) for his role of ASI Chandran, in the film Thondimuthalum Drikshakshikalum.
Prabha Varma bagged the award for the best lyricist for the song Oolathil Melathal from the film Clint. Gopi Sunder won the award for the best background score for his work in Take Off.
Singer Shahbaz Aman won the award for the best singer for the song 'Mizhiyil Ninnum' from Maayanadhi.
Singer Sithara Krishnakumar is the best singer (Female) for Vimanam.
Here are the other award winners:
Best child actors- Abhinad, Nakshthra
Best cameraman- Manesh Madhavan for Eden
Best screenplay- Sajeev Pazhoor for Thondimuthalum Drikshakshikalum
Best script writer - MA Nishad for Kinar
Best screenplay adaptation- S Hareesh, Sanju Surendran for Eden
Best editing- Appu Bhattathiri for the movies Ottamuri Velicham and Veeram
Best Art director- Santhosh Raman for Take Off.