Vanitha Film Awards: Mohanlal wins Best Actor, Manju Warrier is Best Actress

Mohanlal, Manju Warrier, Aishwarya Lekshmi and Tovino Thomas
Mohanlal bagged the award for his unmatched performance in 'Odiyan' and Manju Warrier won the award for her performance in 'Aami 'and 'Odiyan'. Aishwarya Lekshmi and Tovino Thomas were adjudged as the Popular Actress and Popular Actor respectively. Photo: Manorama

Kochi: Superstar Mohanlal bagged the Best Actor Award at the Vanitha Film Awards 2019 for his unmatched performance in 'Odiyan'. Mohanlal was handed over the award by veteran actor and MP Innocent. The award for the Best Actress went to Manju Warrier for her performance in 'Aami' and 'Odiyan'. Lijo Jose Pellisseri's 'Ea. Ma. Yau.' won the award for the Best Movie. Jayaram was chosen as the Best Family Hero while actor Kalidas won the Best New Comer Award. Dhanush is the Best Tamil Actor.

Vanitha Film Awards is the most popular film awards in Kerala, an event of glitz and glamour as well.

The grand performances by actresses Asha Sharath and Rima Kallingal, who are known for their incredible dance routines which combine the elegant mudras of the classical dance with the swift beats of cinematic songs, were the main attractions of the star night.

Asha Sharath
Actor dancer Asha Sharath performs at the Vanitha Film Awards 2019. Photo: Manorama

Asha Sharath, who won prestigious honors at the famed Varanasi Nrithotsav, is touted as a leading figure in Bhatanatyam in the country. The danseuse – actress has successfully performed at hundreds of stages around the globe, enthralling the audiences with her perfect mudras and graceful postures.

A trained dancer in both bharatanatyam and mohiniyattam, Asha has also charmed the Malayali cine lovers with a handful of amazing onscreen performances including the role of the police chief in the blockbuster movie Drishyam. Many think that the pretty actress, who is incredibly expressive, is a late bloomer in the Malayalam cinema.

Asha Sharath
Asha Sharath

Rima Kallingal is a complete performer who entertains the live audience with her swift and charming moves. A trained dancer in both the contemporary and classical dance forms, she follows a unique style, combined with mesmerizing agility. Just like her opinions, Rima has developed a signature style of her own while choreographing her dance routines. Her roles in movies like 22 Female Kottayam and Rani Padmini have earned her a permanent position in the hearts of Keralites who always appreciate good cinema. The actress who made her silver screen debut through Rithu thrilled the audience at the Vanitha film awards.

Anu Sithara
Actor Anu Sithara dances at the Vanitha Film Awards 2019. Photo: Manorama

Leading stars from the Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Hindi cinema industries including Shruti Haasan, Kareena Kapoor and Sunny Leone made their presence at Cera - Vanitha Film Awards night.

Sunny Leone and Kareena Kapoor
Sunny Leone and Kareena Kapoor

It is the audience who chose the winners of the awards in various categories and this is what makes the Vanitha awards stand out from other award functions. Here is a list of the top awards:

Kareena Kapoor
Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor dances at the Vanitha Film Awards 2019. Photo: Manorama

Best Actor: Mohanlal (Odiyan)

Innocent, Sathyan Anthikkad and Mohanlal
Actor Innocent, Director Sathyan Anthikad and Actor Mohanlal at the Vanitha Film Awards 2019. Photo: Manorama

Best Actress: Manju Warrier (Aami/Odiyan)

Mohanlal

Lifetime Achievement: Balachandra Menon

Manju Warrier

Popular Movie: Njaan Prakashan

Balachandra Menon

Best Movie: Ea. Ma. Yau.

Njaan Prakashan

Best Supporting Actress: Muthumani (Uncle)

Ee Ma Yau

Best Supporting Actor: Siddiq (HeyJude/Odiyan)

Muthumani

Best Family Hero: Jayaram (Panchavarnathatha)

Siddiq

Special Performance Actor: Joju George (Joseph)

Jayaram

Popular Actor: Tovino Thomas

Joju George

Popular Actress: Aishwarya Lekshmi

Tovino Thomas

Best Scriptwriter: Shahi Kabir (Joseph)

Aisjhwarya Lekshmi

Best Choreographer: Dinesh Master (Oru Pazhaya Bomb Kadha)

Shahi Kabir

Best Debut Director: Zakariya (Sudani From Nigeria)

Dinesh Master

Best Star Pair: Nikhila Vimal and Vineeth Sreenivasan (Aravindante Athidhikal)

Best Lyricist: Rafiq Ahammed (Odiyan)

Nikhila Vimal and Vineeth Sreenivasan

Best Comedian: Hareesh Perumanna (Oru Pazhaya Bomb Kadha, Anakallan)

Rafiq Ahammed

Best Villain: Sunny Wayn (Kayamkulam Kochunni)

Hareesh Perumanna

Best Music Director: M Jayachandran (Odiyan)

Sunny Wayn

Best Male Singer : Vijay Yesudas (Poomuthole/Joseph)

M Jayachandran

Best Female Singer: Shreya Ghoshal (Manam Thudukkanu/Odiyan)

Vijay Yesudas

Best Duet Song: Sudeep and Shreya Ghoshal for 'Kondoram'(Odiyan)

Best Cinematographer: Shyju Khalid (Sudani from Nigeria)

Sudeep
Sudeep receives the award from Actor Prem Kumar

Best Newcomer Actor: Kalidas Jayaram (Poomaram)

Shyju Khalid

Best NewcomerActress: Saniya Iyyappan (Queen)

Kalidas Jayaram

Best Tamil Actor: Dhanush (Vada Chennai)

Best Tamil Actress: Trisha (96)

Dhanush

For complete award list visit : Vanitha Film Awards 2019

Cera is the main sponsor of the awards function organized by Vanitha, in association with Josco Jewelers.

Color partner: MRP Vapocure Paints, costumes partner: Mahalakshmi Silks, beverages partner: Tata Tea Kannan Devan Duet, banking partner: Federal Bank, associate sponsor: Poppees, luxury partner: Shoba, go green partner: Brahmins, goodness partner: RG Oil, style partner: Reliance Trends.

Blossom, Merryboy, N Style, American Electrolysis, Ponkathir, Gulf Gate, Escaso, Double Horse, Unitaste, Kasavukada, In – shape, Duroflex, Coleen and Brida are the associated sponsors. The entry to the event is restricted through pass.