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Southern States - Kerala-Thiruvananthapuram

Filca awards presented

By Our Staff Reporter

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM MAY 19. The Union Minister of State for Railways, O. Rajagopal, has said that the sudden growth of the electronic media would pose no threat to the cinema industry.

Gving away the 25th Kerala Film Critics Association awards (Filca) here this evening, Mr. Rajagopal said that both the mediums were mutually complimentary and shared a symbiotic relationship.

He said the fear that television would wean away crowds from the cinema theatre had proven to be out of place. The electronic media also depended heavily on film content and cinema industry-based programmes.

He said those at the helm of the cinema industry should realise that film was a powerful medium and it could be used for social good.

``What we see in Western movies is an overdose of sex and violence. Our films should give more accent on themes of national unity, communal harmony, family values, patriotism and progress," he said. The Minister later gave away the critics' association awards for the best movie (Meghamalhar), best director (T. K. Rajeev Kumar), best actor (Jayaram) and best actress (Geethu Mohandas) among other prizes.

The Association president, Mannarkayam Baby, welcomed the gathering.

The Mayor, J. Chandra, Sivakumar, MP, the Kerala Chalachitra Academy chairman, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, O.N.V. Kurup, were among those present.

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