This post is addressed chiefly to മുഹമ്മദ് അഞ്ഞൂറാന്, Regi, Sethumadhavan, E Pradeep, Viju and Anu Warrier, also of course to the ones who read through and passed on about the post on Salim Kumar conferred the Prem Nazir Foundation Award ( ! )
In my haste to put it down here, I seemed to have missed a crucial term in the entire news report, which I should say, was a tad deceiving as well.
What Salim Kumar has been conferred is the “Prem Nazir Award“ and NOT the Prem Nazir Foundation Award !
The engaging discussion we had on the aspect of the young actor being conferred the award so early, now seems entirely out of place, leaving yours truly fairly embarrassed. The Prem Nazir Foundation Award for the year (2011 ) goes to Hariharan, the legendary director – which in itself is a case study in confusion, which I will duly explain. Confusion, for the fact that Hariharan was announced as the winner of the Foundation Award in December 2010 !
From what I could gather from Sri Thalekkunnil Basheer, the Chairman of the Prem Nazir Foundation is this : Apparently, the number of film awards constituted in the name of Prem Nazir are innumerable, and keeping track of all of them is a task next to impossible. The Prem Nazir Award conferred on Salim Kumar, is by the Chirayinkeezhu Powravali, while the Prem Nazir Foundation Award is by the foundation headed by him.
Regarding the Prem Nazir Foundation Award for 2011 being awarded to Hariharan, whose name was also announced for the year 2010 goes like this : Though Hariharan was chosen by the jury for the Prem Nazir Foundation Award in 2010 and his name announced, the award ceremony never took place due to unavoidable circumstances. Hence, the Foundation has chosen to give the 2011 Prem Nazir Foundation Award to Hariharan himself, thereby validating their announcement from 2010 !
The old post on Salim Kumar has since been taken down from Old Malayalam Cinema.