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Kazhcha bags Asianet award for best film



Mammootty (best actor)

Kazhcha, directed by Blessy, has won the Asianet award for best film. Kamal won the best director award for Perumazhakaalam.

The Asianet managing director, K.P. Mohan; the managing director, K. Madhavan; and the jury chairman, Shobana Parameswaran Nair, announced the awards in the capital today. Mammootty has won the best actor award for his role in Kazhcha and Vesham and Dileep the special jury award for his role in Kathavaseshan, directed by T.V. Chandran.



Meera Jasmine (best actress)

Meera Jasmine won the best actress award and Kavya Madhavan the special jury award for their performances in Perumazhakaalam. Innocent and Gopika bagged the best character actor and actress awards for their roles in Vesham. T.A. Razak who wrote the screenplay of Perumazhakaalam was adjudged the best scenarist. Gireesh Puthencherry is the best lyricist (Mampazhakaalam) and M. Jayachandran best music director (Mampazhakaalam). P. Jayachandran's song Kallayi kadavathe... in Perumazhakaalam won him the best male playback singer award and Sujatha the best female playback singer for the song Kandu kandu... in Mampazhakaalam. Jassie Gift has been selected popular playback singer. Padma Priya is the best debutante artiste and Yash the best child artiste. Both won the awards for their roles in Kazhcha. Azhagappan (Kazhcha) is the best cameraman and Rajagopal (Permuazhakaalam) the best editor. Prithviraj and Geethu Mohandas have won the special mention of the jury.

Of the 19 awards, except those for technicians, all others were selected through poll. The awards for technicians were finalised by a jury headed by Parameswaran Nair and comprising T.N. Gopakumar and Mangad Rethnakaran.



Dileep (special jury award)

The best film would get a cash prize of Rs.1.25 lakhs, a citation and memento. The best director, actor and actress would get Rs. 50,000 each and a citation and memento. The awards would be presented at a function to be held at the K.K. Premachandran Nair Stadium at Wellingdon Island in Kochi on March 27. The noted actor Jagathy Sreekumar would be honoured at the function for his contributions to Malayalam cinema.

By N.J. Nair

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