50th Kerala State Film Awards announced
Among the 119 films considered, more than half the entries were from first-time directors
The 50th Kerala State Film Awards (2019-2020) have been announced. The ceremony was presided over by cultural affairs minister AK Balan. He noted that of the 119 films considered, more than half the entries were from first-time directors. Madhu Ambat headed the jury.
While Vasanthi (directed by Rahman Brothers) won Best Picture, Kenjira (directed by Manoj Kana) won Second Best Picture. Suraj Venjaramoodu won Best Actor (Male) for Android Kunjappan and Vikrithi while Kani Kusruti won Best Actor (Female) for Biriyaani.
The other acting category winners are Swasika Vijay won Best Character Actor (Female) for Vasanthi, and Fahadh Faasil won Best Character Actor (Male) for Kumbalangi Nights.
Lijo Jose Pellissery won Best Director for Jallikattu. Sushin Shyam took home Best Composer for Kumbalangi Nights, Best Best Playback Singer (Male) for Najeem Arshad and Best Playback Singer (Female) for Madhushree Narayanan.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Film - Vasanthi
Best Second Film - Kenjira
Best Director - Lijo Jose Pellissery for Jallikattu
Best Actor (Male) - Suraj Venjaramoodu for Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25 and Vikurthi
Best Actor (Female) - Kani Kuruthi for Biriyaani
Best Character (Male) - Fahadh Faasil for Kumbalangi Nights
Best Character (Female) - Swasika Vijay for Vasanthi
Best Composer - Sushin Shyam for Kumbalangi Nights
Best Playback Singer (Male) - Najeem Arshad
Best Playback Singer (Female) - Madhushree Narayanan
Best Art Director - Jyothish
Best Sync Sound - Madhavan Nair
Best Dubbing Artist: Vineeth for Lucifer
Best Popular Film - Kumbalangi Nights
Best Debutant Director - Ratheesh Poduval for Android Kunjappan Ver 5.25
Jury Award for Best VFX - Sidharth Priyadarshan for Marakkar: Arabikdalinte Simham
Jury mention - Music director - V Dakshinamoorthy for Shyamaraagam
Jury Mention - Actor - Nivin Pauly for Moothon, Anna Ben for Helen, Priyamvada Krishnan for Thottappan