The 57th National Film Awards has given a big boost to veteran director Shaji N Karun, who was ignored by the Kerala State Award Committee.
Shaji’s off-beat and critically acclaimed Kutty Sranku won four major National Awards.
Kutty Sranku has got four National awards, ‘Swarna Kamal’ Award for Best Film, Best Cinematographer Anjali Shukla, Story and Screenplay for PF Mathews and Harikrishnan , Best Costumes Jayakumar . The film also got Sreekar Prasad a special jury award for his editing in the film
Shaji N Karun the director of the film said: “I’m honoured that Kutty Sranku won so many awards in different categories. I feel Mammootty should have got the best actor award for his sincere performance in the film.”
Pazhassi Raja, which had swept Kerala State and Filmfare awards had to be satisfied with only Best Sound for Resul Pookutty and Background Score for Ilayaraja. Mammootty was heavily tipped to get Best Actor award for the film but at the last minute was piped to the post by Amitabh Bachchan for his Paa.