Malayalam films performed well at 65th National Film Awards

Vastavam web: The Malayalam film industry performed well at the 65th National Film Awards today, registering wins in categories such as the best director and the supporting actor.Eminent filmmaker Jayaraj bagged the best director and best adapted screenplay award for his movie “Bhayanakam”, while Fahadh Faasil was adjudged the best supporting actor for his stellar performance in “Thondimuthalum Driksakshiyum”.

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

“I expected some awards for the movie as many of my friends thought it had a pan-India 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, script writer Sajeev Pazhoor and his co-stars for his performance.Veteran playback singer K J Yesudas, actor Parvathy, scriptwriter Sajeev Pazhoor and cinematographer Nikhil S Praveen were among those who brought laurels to the industry.

Actor Parvathy 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 Nikhil S Praveen.