The 65th National Film Awards were announced yesterday and South Indian cinema bagged many wards in it. Films like Baahubali, Ghazi, Take Off, Bhayanakam and Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum won the awards in various categories and thereby taking the South Indian cinema to the next level. Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum was one of the films which was not a very popular one in South Indian cinema but was an acclaimed hit film in Malayalam. Written by Sajeev Pazhoor, Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum won the Best Original Screenplay Award and the makers are elated that the film has won accolades. Writer Sajeev Pazhoor says that he knew that the film would do well but did not expect it to win a National Award.
“I knew this script will do well and I was not expecting national awards, even though it won the state award. Competing in the national level is very different,” Sajeev Pazhoor was quoted as saying by a report in DC. Sajeev also says that they knew they had competition from other languages like Marathi and Bengali but they were confident about their work. “The competition is very tough and all were great scripts. We were competing with Tamil, Marathi and Bengali films, which have been doing great in recent years. But I was sure that I have done something worthy of getting good recognition,” Sajeev further added.
The acclaimed writer further says that he started penning the script with an intention to direct the film himself but it was eventually decided to hand over to Dileesh. “I wrote the screenplay and wanted to direct it myself. But due to some matters, later, we decided to go with Dileesh directing it. Syam, who wrote the dialogues, also did a great job. I would like to thank both Dileesh and Syam for their contributions. Each and every character did dialogue modulations on their own will and it really worked well,” Sajeev said.