We have new guestÂ contributor for Varnachitram – Velu Nair.Â Velu has alwaysÂ enthralled us with his reviews,Â they are a treat to read. Now, weÂ are privileged toÂ have Velu commenting on 2006 Kerala Film awards in Varnachitram.
The announcement of the Kerala State Film Awards 2006 has left an entire state and scores of Malayalis across the world, literally open mouthed, gaping in disbelief. Having touched the baselines of nonsensicality, this horrid proclamation has brought along with it a plethora of queries that badly need to be addressed.Â Â
As one of those innumerable cine goers in the state who must have got the opportunity to watch both Vasthavam & Karutha Pakshikal, I would not even dare attempt to make an exhaustive analysis of the display of histrionics by its lead actors. Because it serves no sense masking the obvious as has been done through the verdict and the results are there for all to see. But what irks me immensely is the totally irrational justifications put across by the jury, graciously supporting ‘fresh talent’, and there by choosing to ignore the stupendous performance by an actor who had in the past won innumerable awards and accolades, never ever realizing that these would be placed on board against him one fine morning by a bunch of divergent thinkers. Having won a National Award has out of the blue turned out to be a disqualification for winning a State Award, folks! To hell with creativity, long live absurdity, what say Sirs?!!Â Â
Urvashi has been reportedly engaged in a fierce tussle with Khushboo for the Best Actress award, but ended up winning it because of a ‘comical depiction of a role that lasted for two and a half hours’! Gawd!! Had Renjith ever realized this very valid point, would he have added a few droll lines in his script that would have added the much needed witty element in his heroine’s performance, and which in turn would have ended up as an honor in her kitty. But of course, it would be sheer foolhardiness to expect him to engage in such sublime levels of thinking, as is solely feasible for the esteemed jury members.Â Â
I am yet to see Tantra, though the few awards that it has managed to grab, has increased my interest in the film from minimal to inquisitive. That the film that has been languishing in the cans for about an year now has suddenly been released on the very same day as the Film Awards has been announcedÂ should of course be just a coincidence!! And we do know that if there was one thing that was lacking in the army flick Keerthichakra, it was a taut script. Major Ravi must have got the supreme surprise shock of his entire life, with that Best Script Writer honor, for sure!!Â Â
Jack Nicholson, three time Academy Award winner (and hence disqualified for Kerala State Film Awards) and one of Maxim’s Top 10 Living Legends of Sex, is the man who would be running for cover (factually) if he ever gets to hear the debate surrounding the moral ramifications of the personal lives of actors, as has been prudently pointed out by the jury. Which was why Jagathy Sreekumar was shorn of a much deserving Supporting Actor Award this year, and it might soon become the order of the day, when cine artistes might be asked to fill up a Personal Performa before they would even be considered for nominations of any kind. After all, morality is something that just cannot be ignored by a Jury who’s out there to judge acting skills.