60th National Awards : 13 out of 31 to the Malayalam Cinema

Its hard to believe that Malayalam Cinema ever get these kind of gesture at the National Film Awards, while the films not grab the main ones, but chipped in with other awards to accumulate 13 awards out of 31 categories. Malayalam Cinema's strength is getting more depth with this galore of awards.

 Four of the awards were bagged jointly by Malayalam Cinema with other films, which include the Indira Gandhi Award for the best debut film of a director, which was won jointly by "101 Chodiyangal" directed by Siddhartha Siva and "Chittagong"(Hindi) directed by Bedabrata Pain.

 Second one goes to "Ustad Hotel" for the Best popular film providing wholesome entertainment and this award was shared with "Vicky Donor" (Hindi). Nargis Dutt
Award for the best feature film on National Integration went to "Thanichalla Njan" directed by Babu Thiruvalla, which is the third one.

 Renjith directed "Spirit" won the award of best film on social issues, Joshy Mathew directed "Black Forest" bagged the award of best film on environment conservation, which is fourth and fifth respectively in the category.

 Malayalam actress Kalpana won the best supporting actress for the movie "Thanichalla Njan" and it had been shared by Dolly Ahluwalia for "Vicky Donor". Minon also shared the best child artist award for the movie "101 Chodiyangal" with the hindi film "Dekh Indian Circus", which is sixth and seventh in the line. Best dialogues award was won by Anjali Menon for the film "Ustad Hotel" in Best screenplay category and in best audiography section's location sound recordist went to Radhakrishnan S for the movie "Annayum Rasoolum", which counts to eighth and ninth one.

 In the section of Best Music direction, Bijibal won the best background score award for the movie "Kaliyachan". In the language category, Best Malayalam film has been chosen as "Celluloid" directed by Kamal, which counts to tenth and eleven and other two awards are special mention for the acting, which went to Lal for "Ozhimuri" and Thilakan for the movie "Ustad Hotel". Posthumous special mention goes to the actor Thilakan, who passed away on last September.

 In the Non Feature Film section, "Behind The Mist" directed by Babu Kambrath adjudged as the Best Film on social issues. However last few years brought laurels to the Malayalam Cinema and now the awards add more feather to the caps......

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