Fahad Fazil and Lal shared the best actor award while Ann Augustine was adjudged the best actress and Sudevan’s CR No.89 was named the best feature film at the 44th State Film Awards on Saturday.
While his stellar performance in Artist, North 24 Katham, in which he played a geeky software professional suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder, won Fahad the top honour,
Ann bagged the award for her brilliant performance in Artist,for which Shyamaprasad won the best director award. The award for the best popular movie went to Drishyam.
Lal bagged the top award for the second time, for his mature acting as a gynaecologist in Zachariayude Garbhinikal who travels with the mental complications of five pregnant women at a time and in Ayaal. And Suraj Venjarammood who won the best actor award at the national film awards was named the best comedian.
Announcing the awards here, Cinema Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said he was delighted that around 25 of the total 36 awards were bagged by youths.
North 24 Katham directed by Anil Radhakrishna Menon, which bagged the national award for the best Malayalam film, was named the second best feature film.
Other awards are: Second best actor: Asok Kumar (CR No.89); second best actress, Lena (Left Right Left, Kanyaka Talkies); best child artistes: Sanoop Santhosh (Philips and the Monkey Pen) and Baby Anika (Anchu Sundarikal); best story writer: Aneesh Anwar (Zachariayude Garbhinikal); best cinematographer: Sujith Vasudev (Ayaal, Memories); and scriptwriter: Boby and Sanjay (Mumbai Police).