In the movie Kammattipadam which got critical acclaim, Ganga, the character played by Vinayakan, pushed into insignificance the lead role of Dulquar Salman. Vinayakan has since then been a sensation among serious film watchers. When the state award is announced on Tuesday evening he has upset two prevailing notions in the film industry. One to win best actor award the character should be the lead role. And secondly and more importantly than the former, only an actor of some class( read as white complexioned and handsome) could win the best award. The award committee by selecting Vinayakan as the best actor for his sterling performance has created a history of sorts, and the social media is ecstatic about it.
The State Government of Kerala has titled Vinayakan as the best actor who not just stands out among other super stars, but breaks down all stereotypes.
Vinayakan is an excellent example of how a supporting actor, who shot to fame with his character in the movie, Kammattippaadam , belonging to no such upper class beauty strata, being proud of his dark complexion, takes home his first State Award for his natural character with no white complexion to chisel out of him. And reports suggest that he beat none other than Mohanlal for this coveted award.
It is for the first time, a supporting actor is bagging the State Award for Best Actor, not just by anyone but Vinayakan who breaks the beauty concepts for all movie-goers. Kammattipadam which tells the tale of the marginalised directed by Rajeev Ravi was well received not just for the treatment and the directorial excellence but by its casting. Vinayakan being Ganga has upset the conventional norms and thinking that has prevailed in the minds of many cine goers
Vinayakan's as Ganga swept everyone off their feet and the only award he got was when the Cinema Paradiso Club, an online group, announced him as their best actor.
Vinayakan faced the camera for the first time in 1994, for Maanthrikam where he play the dupe for Micheal Jackson.
Vinayakan will be next seen in ‘Role Models’, by Director Shafi which will hit the theatres by mid of 2017.
Read the entire list of Kerala State Awards here:
Manhole is Best Film,
Ottayaal Paatha best second film
Vidhu Vincent Best Director
Rajisha Vijayan (Anuraga Karikkin Vellam) best actress
Best character artiste (male) – Manikandan Achari ( Kammattipadam ), best character artiste (female) Kanchana PK (Olapeepi)
Best music director – M Jayachandran (Kambhoji), Best background score – Vishhu Vijay (Guppy)
Best singer: Sooraj Santhosh (Thaniye - Guppy), best female singer: KS Chithra (Nadavathil - Kambhoji)
Best cameraman M. J. Radhakrishnan (Kaadu Pookkunna Neram), best original screenplay – Shyam Pushkaran (Maheshinte Prathikaram)
Kaadu Pookkunna Neram rules in technical category
Best debut director: Shanavas K Bavakkutty (Kismath)