THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The next time you see an actor boozing or smoking in a Malayalam movie, there may not be the statutory warnings at the bottom of the screen, provided the government accepts the recommendations of the Adoor Gopalakrishnan panel.
The five-member panel’s report, submitted to Film Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan on Wednesday, recommended major modifications including the scrapping of the Best Comedian award in the state film awards.
“The statutory warning in films actually destroys the artistic value of the films. I will not let such a warning to be displayed in my film,” Adoor said, adding that the panel had recommended the Second Best Actor award be replaced with the Best Character Actor award.
Thiruvanchoor said a final decision would be taken after going through the recommendations in detail and considering the administrative factors involved.
The recommendations, which were accepted in principle by the government, also included an increase in the J C Daniel award purse from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh, increasing the subsidy for Malayalam films from Rs 5 to Rs 10 lakh, additional financial support of Rs 25 lakh each to 10 best films, a Rs 12-crore renewal package for Chithranjali Studio.