THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/KOCHI: Veteran actor Jose Prakash, 87,
has been selected for the coveted J C Daniel award in recognition of his contributions to the film world and theatre.
K B Ganesh Kumar, Minister for Forests, Sports and Cinema, announced the award comprising `1 lakh and a scroll of honour. The award instituted by the government in the name of the late J C Daniel is the highest honour in the state given to those associated with the world of cinema. Daniel is considered as the father of Malayalam cinema. He directed the first Malayalam movie Vigathakumaran (1928).
Jose Prakash, who has acted in nearly 300 movies as villain and in character roles, is now hospitalised due to age-related ailments.
The minister also said that the award will be presented by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to Jose Prakash in the latterâs house on Sunday.
The award was finalised by a panel comprising director Sasikumar, Culture Principal Secretary Sajen Peter, actors Nedumudi Venu and Menaka Suresh Kumar.
Jose Prakash entered Malayalam cinema as a singer in 1953 and became popular as an actor through the movie Bhaktha Kuchela.
âThe J C Daniel award
to Jose Prakash is a late honour to a glorious career. Though he had acted in over 300 films, he was not bestowed with any major honours by filmdom. This was perhaps due to the villain characters that he played,ââ said veteran script writer Kaloor Dennis.
He said Jose Prakash excelled in character roles whenever he got an opportunity. ââThe best example is the Anglo-Indian priest that he portrayed in âUpaharam,â one of the movies scripted by me,â he added.