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National Film Awards: Malayalam filmdom has lots to cheer

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

The Malayalam film industry performed well at today, registering wins in categories such as the best and the supporting

Eminent filmmaker Jayaraj bagged the best and best adapted screenplay award for his movie "Bhayanakam", while was adjudged the best supporting for his stellar performance in "Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum".

A jubilant Jayaraj, who won the best award for the second time, said "Bhayanakam", a part of his 'navarasa' series, revolves around the story of youths from Kuttanad in who had joined the British Indian during World War II.

"I dedicate this award to those Kuttanad men who had joined the and lost their lives in the war," he said.

The "Deshadanam" director also remembered Jnanpith laureate Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai as the theme of the movie was taken from the author's magnum opus "Kayar".

Fahadh Faasil, who was seen surrounded by fans and well-wishers soon after the announcement in Delhi, said his first ever national award was completely "unexpected."

The actor, who played a thief in "Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum", said the role was a "challenging" one.

"I expected some awards for the movie as many of my friends thought it had a pan-appeal, but I never expected an individual award for me," Fazil, who is currently shooting for director Amal Neerad's movie, said.

He also thanked his director Dileesh Pothan, and his co-stars for his performance.

Veteran K J Yesudas, Parvathy, and cinematographer were among those who brought laurels to the industry.

Yesudas received his eighth National Award as he was adjudged the best for the song 'Poyi Maranjakaalam' from "Viswasapoorvam Mansoor".

Actor received a special mention for her performance in the Mahesh Narayan-directed survival thriller "Take Off", which also earned the best production design award for Santhosh Raman.

The wins by "Bhayanakam" also includes the best cinematography award for

congratulated the winners.

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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 19:05 IST