Laurels all the way.
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Madhu, one of the finest actors of Malayalam cinema, has been chosen for the prestigious J. C. Daniel Award for 2004.
Announcing this at news conference here today, the Culture Minister, A. P. Anil Kumar, said the award was being given to Madhu, film actor, director and producer, for his all-round contributions to the growth of Malayalam cinema. The award should have been given for 2003, but was being updated to 2004 as part of a technical correction and would carry a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh and a citation, he said.
Mr. Anil Kumar said Madhu was chosen for the award by a panel headed by actor Nedumudi Venu and comprising actress KPAC Lalitha, writer George Onakkur and the Kerala State Chalachitra Akademi chairman, T. K. Rajiv Kumar.
The Minister said the State Film Awards for 2004 would be announced next month. The Government was working on enhancement of the prize money in the various categories as announced by the Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, at the last award presentation ceremony and inclusion of new categories.
Asked what the Government was doing to ensure that the coveted Dada Saheb Phalke Award came to Kerala as well, he said the Government had no role in the selection of the Phalke Award winner. The Chalachitra Akademi chairman said the award was being decided in consultation with the State-level Film Chambers of Commerce and his information was nominations had gone from Kerala during the last two years.
Madhavan Nair, who became famous as Madhu, was born on September 28, 1933, and his owed his new name to Thikkurissi Sukumaran Nair, another epoch-making actor in Malayalam stage and cinema. He gave up his profession as a college lecturer to join National school of Drama to learn acting. In a film career spanning four decades, he acted in around 300 films.
Although he began his acting career in films with national award winning director, Ramu Kariat's `Moodupadam,' his first film to hit the screen was `Ninamanija Kalpadukal' released in 1963. But it was the role of Pareekkutty, a well-meaning love-struck youngster in the President's gold medal winning film, `Chemmeen', directed by Ramu Kariat, that Madhu made his mark as an actor of immense talent. `Chemmeen' was based on a novel with the same title by Jnanpith Award winning writer, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai.
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