51st Kerala Film Awards: The Great Indian Kitchen is best film, Jayasurya & Anna Ben win best actor honours

Thiruvananthapuram: The 51st Kerala State Film Awards has been announced here on Saturday with Jayasurya and Anna Ben winning the best actors. 

'The Great Indian Kitchen', the highly acclaimed Jeo Baby directorial won the award for Best Movie.

The winners were announced by Saji Cheriyan, minister of Kerala Film Development Corporation, and Chalachitra Academy, in a special press meet.

While Jayasurya bagged the Best Actor award for his performance in 'Vellam', Anna Ben won the Best Actress award for her performance in 'Kappela'.

Here is the list of winners:

Best Male Actor: Jayasurya (Vellam)

Best Female Actor: Anna Ben (Kappela)

Best Film: The Great Indian Kitchen

Second Best Film: Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam (Senna Hegde)

Best Director: Sidharth Siva (Ennivar)

Best Debut Director : Muhammad Musthafa (Kappela)

Best Character Actor : Sudheesh (Ennivar, Bhoomiyile Manohara Swakaryam)

Best Character Actress : Sreerekha (Veyil)

Best Screenplay (original) : Jeo Baby (The Great Indian Kitchen)

Best Screenplay (adapted): NONE

Best Story: Senna Hegde (Thinkalazhcha Nishchayam)

Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value: Ayyappanum Koshiyum

Best Music Director: M Jayachandran (Sufiyum Sujathayum)

Music Director for BGM: M Jayachandran (Sufiyum Sujathayum)

M Jayachandran
M Jayachandran during Jayaragangal organised by Manorama Online. Rinku raj Mattancheriyil

Best Lyricist: Anwar Ali

Best Singer (Male): Shahabaz Aman (Halal Love Story)

Best Singer (Female): Nithya Mammen (Sufiyum Sujathayum)

Best Cinematography: Chandru Selvaraj (Kayattam)

Best Editor: Mahesh Narayanan (CU Soon)

'Take Off' is the success of an honest survival tale, says director Mahesh Narayanan
Mahesh Narayanan. Photo: G Ragesh

Best Sound Mixing: Ajith Abraham (Sufiyum Sujathayum)

Best Sound Design:  Tony Babu (The Great Indian Kitchen)

Best Sync Sound: Adarsh Joseph Cherian (Santhoshathinte Onnam Rahasyam)

Best Child Artist (Male) : Niranjan S (Kasminte Kadal)

Best Child Artist (Female): Aravya Sharma (Pyali)

Best Children's Movie: Bonami

Colourist: Biju Prabhakar (Kayattam)

Best Choreography: Lalitha Sobi, Babu Xavier (Sufiyum Sujathayum)

Best Male Dubbing Artist: Shobi Thilakan (Bhoomiyile Manohara Swargayajyam)

Best Female Dubbing Artist: Riya Sairra (Ayyappanum Koshiyum)

Best Make up: Rasheed Ahamed (Article 21)

Best Costume Designer: Dhanya Balakrishnan (Malik)

Best Art director: Santhosh Raman (Pyali, Malik)

Visual Effects: Sariyas Mohammad (Love)

Special mention: Costume: Nalini Jameela (Bharatapuzha)

Special Jury Award: 

Female/Transgender: Nanjiamma

Acting: Siji Pradeep (Bharathpuzha)


Noted actress and director Suhasini Maniratnam was the chairperson on the jury. Meanwhile, famous Kannada director P Sheshadri and filmmaker Bhadran had headed the initial juries. Around 80 movies that were released last year vied for the state film awards. 

This was the first state award that was announced after introducing the revised set of rules.

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