MC Punnoose aka Navodaya Appachan has been awarded the JC Daniel Award, honoring his lifetime achievements to Malayalam Cinema. Instituted by the Government of Kerala in honour of J. C. Daniel in 1992, it is the most prestigious one amongst the Kerala State Film Awards . From 1998, the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, an autonomous body under the Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala hosts the award, and has somehow missed it in 2003. Navodaya Appachen needs no introduction for someone weaned on Malayalam films.
The announcement of the Award
From the technically awesome to the commercially admirable projects and talents, be it Fazil and Mohanlal for starters, owe their careers to Navodaya Studio, and Navodaya Appachen.
Here is a list of all the luminaries in Malayalam Cinema who have been conferred the JC Daniel Award since its inception in 1992, with TE Vasudevan, the legendary Malayalam Prroducer. Incidentally, Navodaya Appachen would be the third Producer to have been conferred this Award, the other being D Raveendranathan Nair (Achaani Ravi) in 2008 ( Thambu, Estheppan, Kummaatti, Kanchanaseetha amongst other classics).
|Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair||1993|
|Abhayadev (Ayyappan Pillai)||1995|
|M. Krishnan Nair||2000|
|Dr. K.J. Yesudas||2002|
|Mankada Ravi Verma||2006|
|Dr. P. Ramadas||2007|
|D. Raveendranathan Nair||2008|
|K.S. Sethu Madhavan||2009|
|MC Punnoose ( Navodaya Appachen)||2010|
And as the thespian mentioned in his interview, may his desire to launch new projects and new movies stay blessed and be realised till Providence decided against.
Update : 3 March, 2011
Malayala Manorama daily reports about the indefinite postponement of the Award ceremony owing to the regulations that have come to effect in view of the State Election guidelines! Strange!