Truth be told, no one saw that coming. The announcement of the 61st National Film Awards for 2013 came as a big surprise for the Malayali. The comedian known for “one and only one type of role” in all the time he has been part of Malayalam cinema bagged the Award for the Best Actor.
Apparently, there is more to Suraj Venjarammoodu than the done-to-death dialect, tasteless mimicry and cringe-worthy comedy. Like Salim Kumar did a few years back in Adaminte Makan Abu, Suraj Venjaramoodu has turned in a fine performance in Perariyathavar which has won him the coveted Award, that he shares with Rajkummar Rao (Shahid – Hindi).
According to the jury, he was chosen for the award,
“for the dignified and quiet portrayal of a man on the lower margins of the society. His turmoil struggles and sufferings are soulfully brought out with subtle body language and eyes which transcend words.”
Credit goes to Director Dr.Biju for bringing out this face of Suraj Venjaramoodu. Dr.Biju also takes home the Award for Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation for the same film.
Other Winners in Malayalam Cinema include D Yuvaraj for Best Audiography (Re-recordist of the final Mixed Track) for Swapaanam and Cristo Tomy for Best Debut Film of a Director for Kanyaka.
North 24 Katham directed by Anil Radhakrishnan Menon and produced by Surya Cine Arts was chosen as the best Malayalam Feature Film in the Regional Films Category.