Malayalis are thrilled about the Kerala State Film Awards 2016 announcement since yesterday, as it declared Vinayakan as the Best actor, Rejisha Vijayan as the best actress and Vidhu Vincent as the best director. So, what’s the big deal – you may ask! The big deal is that some of the biggest names in the Malayalam film industry did not figure in this year’s state awards! Typically, there is a star hierarchy that has dominated the Kerala State Film Awards 2016 for decades now and every Malayali secretly resented this. The inclusion of a completely vibrant range of award winners has now raised questions about why this didn’t happen earlier.
“We should give a standing ovation to the jury for honouring Vidhu Vincent for Manhole. Typically, in Malayalam cinema, we do not notice female directors or technicians till Anjali Menon and Geethu Mohandas became directors. Not just that, this selection of award winners is a refreshing change from what we have seen so far – the golden era of Malayalam cinema begins now and this spells an exciting time for the Malayalam industry,” Rejisha Vijayan, who won the Best Actress award told Manorama News.
She further stated, “I didn’t expect an award for my debut movie and want to give my very best to the industry. What makes me happiest is to see many new names in the award list. Vidhu Vincent and Vinayakan, for example, bring us pride. These are exciting times ahead for the Malayalam film industry.”
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When asked about the general buzz of superstars having crocus groups for award nominations, Kamal, noted film director and chairman of the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy told Manorama News. “There is no question of crocus or taking revenge. For the last three decades, the dominant presence and hierarchy of super stars is evident from the awards that were announced. However, I do not know of any instance of any manipulation so far by any star. This Kerala State Film Awards 2016 has taken an independent, different stance in terms of selection. The passage of time and the maturing of the movie audience has certainly helped. However, in my opinion, the actual reason for awards being independent and bold is because we have a CPM government in power.”
Director Kamal’s statements are thought-provoking. Why should a political spin be given to Kerala State Film Awards 2016 and why specifically give credit to CPM? If Kamal’s statement is valid, doesn’t it also imply that awards were handed out based on political pressure before? Such an implication has far reaching impact for the film industry and the government
Here’s the thing – Vinayakan, Vidhu Vincent and Rejisha Vijayan deserved the awards! Let’s not give credit to CPM for this.