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Ottamuri Velicham best film of 2017Indrans, Parvathy get best actor awards, Arjunan bags his first State award

Ottamuri Velicham, directed by Rahul Riji Nair, has been adjudged the best film and Lijo Jose Pallissery, who directed Ee. Ma. Yau, the best director of 2017.

Culture Minister A.K.Balan, who announced the State Film Awards for 2017 here on Thursday, said the jury headed by filmmaker T.V. Chandran adjudged Indrans as the best actor for his role in Alorukkam and Parvathy the best female actor for her role in Take Off. Eden directed by Sanju Surendran is the second best film.

Alancier Le Lopez won the award for the best character actor (male) for his performance in Thondi Muthalum Driksakshiyum and Poly Valsan the best character actor (female) for her roles in Ee. Ma. Yau and Ottamuri Velicham. Master Abhinand who acted in Swanam is the best male child artiste and Nakshatra who acted in Rekshadhikari Baiju Oppu is the best female child artiste.

M.A.Nishad, who wrote the story for Kinar, is the best story writer and Sajeev Pazhoor, who wrote the script of Thondi Muthalum Driksakshiyum, is the best scenarist. Manesh Madhavan won the best cameraman award for Eden.

The award for best scenarist (adaptation) went to S. Harish and Sanju Sudarshan, who wrote the screenplay of Eden. Prabha Varma, who wrote the songs in Clint, is the best lyricist and veteran music director M.K. Arjunan won the best music director award for his songs in Bhayanakam. This is the first time in his five- decade-long career that the master musician is bagging a State award.

The award for best background score went to Gopi Sundar for his scores in Take Off. Shabnas Amman, who rendered the song ‘Mizhiyil ninnum…..’ (Maya Nadhi), is the best male playback singer and Sitara Krishnakumar was adjudged the best female singer for Vanam akalunnuvo…..’ she rendered in Vimanam. Appu Bhattathiri won the best editor award for his contributions in Ottamuri Velicham and Veeram. Santhosh Raman (Take Off) won the best art director award. The award for best debutant director was bagged by Mahesh Narayanan for Take Off.

Some of the other winners are: Popular film with artistic value Rekshadhikari Baiju Oppu, children’s film Swanam., special jury award for acting Vineetha Koshi (Ottamuri Velicham), Vijay Menon (Hey Jude), Master Asanth K.Sha (Lali Bela), Master Chandra Kiran G.K. (Athisayangalude Venal), Jobi A.S.(Mannankattayum Kariyilayum), best book on cinema Cinema Kanum Desangal by V.Mohana Krishnan, article on cinema Realisathinte Yadharthyangal by A.Chandrasekhar, special jury mention on articleVellithirayile Laingikatha by Resmi G. and Anil Kumar K.S.