The 47th Kerala State Awards were presented in Thalassery on Sunday and gave away awards to 43 winners and also felicitated 11 veteran film personalities. The Chief Minister of Kerala Pinarayi Vijayan gave away the awards and felicitated few veteran actors for their contribution to Malayalam cinema at the awards ceremony in Thalassery.
The recipients included seniors like Adoor Gopalakrishnan (JC Daniel Award for overall contributions), Vidhu Vincent (best director and film), Vinayakan (best actor), Rajisha Vijayan (best actress). Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that these kinds of awards ceremonies need to be backed and seniors from the industry should attend those. “A cross section of the film fraternity should have been here to encourage others. They should have attended the function even without an invitation,” a report in DC quoted Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan.
The Chief Minister also urged the artists to raise their voice against those who oppose and stand against the good. “Some people wanted to ban the creations which are questioning them forcefully. They don’t want people to see such works. This is against the fundamental rights,” Mr. Vijayan further added.
The awards ceremony also saw few performances by artists which included dance by actress Shobana, music programme by M. Jayachandran and comedy show by Ramesh Pisharody and his team followed. State Culture minister A.K.Balan too attended the event which looked very low profile because of the absence of many Malayalam top stars.
Mr.Vijayan also spoke about the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh and condemned it. The CM of Kerala also spoke about the films that were being banned by the censor board and said the industry needs to work towards this.