Thiruvananthapuram: Mohanlal has bagged the Kerala state best actor award for his performance in the Malayalam film Paradesi. Directed by PT Kunju Mohammad Paradesi sees the actor portray a character who ages from 40 to 90 years.
The film itself highlights the problem of Malayali Muslims who traveled to Karachi in the pre-partition era, but are continued to be treated as foreigners after partition since they do not have any documents to prove their citizenship.
Mohanlal has won several State Awards for acting over the last two decades, the most recent in 2005 for the film Thanmathra.
Adayalangal was adjudged the best feature film, while its director M G Sasi bagged the best director award in the Kerala State film awards on Monday.
Announcing the awards, Kerala Cultural Affairs Minister M A Baby said the best actor and actress awards went to Mohanlal and Meera Jasmine respectively.
While the scintillating performance as Valiakath Moosa in Paradesi helped Mohanlal to win the award, Meera got the award for her role of a lonely housewife in Shyamaprasad's Ore Kadal, which was chosen as the second best film.
The best supporting actor and actress awards went to Murali and Lakshmi Gopalaswamy respectively.
Mr Baby said noted comedian and character artist Jagathi Sreekumar would get a special award for his performance in Veeralipattu and Arabikkadha.
A special mention was made about T G Ravi for his performance in Ottakkayyan and Adayalangal.
An eight-member jury headed by Assamese Director Janu Baruah chose the winners from 28 films.
The best male playback singer award was bagged by Vijay Jesudas while the female singer award went to Swetha Mohan.
M Jayachandran was chosen as the best Music Director for the songs in Nivedyam.