This time when we heard that [tag]Prithviraj[/tag] won the award for the best actor for his performance in Vasthavam, we were shocked. He did quite well in Vasthavam, but was it better than the performance of [tag]Mammotty[/tag] in Palunku, Karutha Pakshikal and Kaiyoppu or [tag]Murali[/tag]’s performance in Puli Janmam? In our opinion No. So why did the jury give the award to Prithviraj?
The reason, according to a jury member, is that Mammotty, Murali and [tag]Suresh Gopi[/tag] ((it’s not a joke, they were seriously considering his performance in Chintamani Kolacase) had already won [tag]National Awards[/tag] and so they were excluded from consideration. Our immediate thought was this: The awards are called [tag]2006 State Awards[/tag] and not 2006-State-Awards-Taking-Into-Consideration-All-Previous-Awards. 2006 State Awards should be just that. The Jury should watch the movies released in 2006 and decide who is the best actor among them. It should be a stateless transaction, like HTTP. If someone won National Awards since its inception in the early fifties that should not be held against him.
Who came up with this rule? Was this decided on the fly? Such rules did not exist previously for Mohanlal won the best actor last year and he has won the National Award more then once. There will be more respectability if the rules for the game are published before the game and not while the game is being played. Imagine that during a cricket match, the umpire decides that a new bowler can bowl from the middle of the pitch instead of the 22 yard line. This is something of that sort.
This looking at history is nothing new in Kerala awards. Last year [tag]Salim Kumar[/tag] won the second best award edging out [tag]Manoj K. Jayan[/tag] because he was seen as a comedy actor doing a serious role, while the jury thought there was nothing new in the superlative performance of Manoj. We have one request to the jury – ignore the past and the future of every actor. You are given a set of movies, so please watch them and make a decision. Ignore factors like how many national or international or Asianet Ujala awards this person has won. Ignore if he was a comedy actor or a woman before. Just look at the performance and not the actors horoscope.
We have no issues with Prithviraj winning the award due to his acting and by openly facing competition, but it loses his credibility when it is done by such rules which excludes other talents due to silly reasons.
Postscript: On hearing the news about the awards, Blessy said â€œThe best film award is unfair. I was expecting an award. I didnâ€™t get one. Also I was expecting an award for Mammootty. This is not fair, jury didnâ€™t give awards according to my expectationâ€.
We agree with him. We were expecting an award for varnachitram.com for the best website on Malayalam Cinema and we didn’t get one. This is not fair. The jury didn’t give awards according to our expectation. Booo Hoooo!