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Indrans, Parvathy bag top honours at film awards
By Ashraf Padanna March 09, 2018
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TRIVANDRUM: Veteran actor Indrans and Parvathy, the first Kerala actor to win the silver peacock at the International Film Festival of India, bagged top honours at the Kerala film awards on Thursday.

Debutant director Rahul R Nair’s Ottamuri Velicham portraying a couple living lonely under a roof is the best film.

Parvathy walked away with the award for her performance in Takeoff, which had also brought her the best female actor award at the IFFI in Goa last year while Indrans got the award for the male actor for Aalorukkam.

Parvathy portrayed the lead character in the film based on the real-life rescue of 46 Indian nurses from the Daesh-controlled Mosul in Iraq in 2014 while Indrans put up a stunning performance as an exponent of Ottamthullal, a traditional solo dance poetry performance.

Both these films were also by debutant directors VC Abhilash and Mahesh Narayan when the first-timers had a field day. Narayanan got the award for the best debutant director as well. “This is so sweet for me as it is the first award in my acting career of nearly four decades,” said Indrans, 60, an actor of some 500 films who started off as a costume designer.

“I’m thrilled. I will continue my profession with more responsibilities, and I have a long way to go,” said the talented actor, better known as a comedian.

Parvathy dedicated the award to Kerala nurses toiling worldwide.

Culture minister AK Balan who announced the awards said he was so happy that so many directors had debuted last year and their films went away with most of the awards. “There were 110 films to compete, and 56 of them were directorial debuts,” he said. “Another thing that makes us happy that 78 per cent of them (28 out of 37 awards) were first-time winners.” Amid a gush of new talents, music maestro MK Arjunan, 82, bagged his first state film award for music for the film Bhayanakam in his long career beginning as a stage performer in 1950.

Arjunan, who had scored music for more than 500 songs in 200 films beginning with CID Nazir in 1971, felt extremely happy and overjoyed.

The award for the best director went to Lijo Jose Pellissery for his film Ee.Ma.Yau and Aedan, the debutant feature film of Sanju Surendran, won the award for the second best movie. Alencier (Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum) is the best character actor and Pauly Valsan best character actor (female) for Ee.Ma.Yau and Ottamuri Velicham.

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