When almost all the other Facebook groups and pages on Malayalam cinema have turned as platforms for nothing but fan wars and paid movie promotions, Cinema Paradiso Club always stood out. The group, which has close to 90,000 members talking about cinema from across the world, has now announced the winners of CPC cine awards 2016, its second edition of annual Malayalam film awards.
Dileesh Pothan's directorial debut Maheshinte Prathikaaram, starring Fahadh Faasil in the title role, won the best film award. The movie also grabbed four other top honors including best director award for Pothan, best script writer award for Shyam Pushkaran, best cameraman for Shyju Khalid and best music director for Bijibal.
Vinayakan, who excelled in his portrayal of Gangadharan aka Ganga for Kammatipaadam, won the best actor award. Sai Pallavi and Rajisha Vijayan shared the best actress award among themselves for their impressive performances in Kali and Anuraga Karikkin Vellam respectively.
The winners were selected in a two-step process. The group members were allowed to vote online in each category and then a 12-member jury picked the winners from the entries who got the most number of votes. Actor Indrans was selected for a special honor, considering his contribution to Malayalam cinema in whole.
In a first for Cinema Paradiso Club, the group will hold a public event where the awards will be handed out to the winners.
The complete list of winners:
Best film: Maheshinte Prathikaaram
Best director: Dileesh Pothan (Maheshinte Prathikaaram)
Best actor: Vinayakan (Kammatipaadam)
Best actress: Sai Pallavi (Kali) and Rajisha Vijayan (Anuraga Karikkin Vellam)
Best supporting actor: Manikandan R. Achari (Kammatipaadam)
Best supporting actress: Rohini (Action Hero Biju, Guppy)
Best script writer: Shyam Pushkaran (Maheshinte Prathikaaram)
Best cameraman: Shyju Khalid (Maheshinte Prathikaaram)
Best music director: Bijibal (Maheshinte Prathikaaram)
Special honor for contribution to Malayalam cinema: Indrans