The Government of Kerala has announced its 20th JC Daniel Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award in Malayalam cinema to veteran actor Jose Prakash, today. A honor which took a long time coming.
It would have been a time of pure celebration had this come at an earlier, more opportune time, when he had more control over his faculties and his constitution to know and bask in the honor the State ( and thereby the entire Malayali community) had bestowed upon him.
That is my only grouse.
Fighting a losing and disorienting battle against Time in a physically critical condition, it would have been an entirely different celebration altogether, had it been at an earlier time and space.
The State’s gesture almost looks condescending.
Regardless it is a honour worthy of a patriarch who started off as one of our earliest playback singers for Malayalam cinema, chose the roles in front of the camera with effortlessness, redefined villainy on the Malayalam cinema screen, even if it was over-the-top hamming most of the while – all in all, it was a pleasure to watch him onscreen.
Regardless of whether it was the movie hall or the television in one’s living room.
Who can ever forget Mikhayelinte Santhathikal ?
With the movies, it would take a whole lot of time to even get a semblance of representation of his entire body of work.
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