Ujala-Asianet awards announced

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Special Correspondent

`Classmates' adjudged best film, Mohanlal, Padmapriya best actors

Thiruvananthapuram: `Classmates' directed by Lal Jose has been adjudged the best film at the ninth Ujala-Asianet Film Awards 2007 announced here on Saturday. Major Ravi bagged the best director award for his film `Keerthichakra.'

Mohanlal was selected the best actor for his role in `Keerthichakra,' while Padmapriya's performance in `Karuthapakshikal' and `Vadakkumnathan' won her the best actor award.

The winners were selected on the basis of an opinion poll among Asianet viewers.

The lifetime achievement award has gone to producer Sobhana Parameswaran Nair for his contribution to Malayalam cinema. Saikumar was adjudged the best male character actor (`Chakkaramuthu') and Radhika, the best female character artiste (`Classmates').

Siddique's roles in `Bada' Dost and `Prajapathi' won him the best villain award while Innocent is the best comic actor (`Rasathanthram,' `Yes your Honour').

James Albert bagged the award for the best scriptwriter (`Classmates') and Gireesh Puthenchery the best lyricist award (`Vadakkumnathan'). Ravindran was selected the best music director (`Vadakkumnathan').

G. Venugopal was adjudged the best male singer for the song Kainiraye Venna Tharaam... in `Baba Kalyani' while Manjari's song Attinkara... in `Rasathanthram' bagged her the award for the best female singer.

Rohith (`Prajapathi') and Malavika (`Karuthpakshikal') are the best child artistes. Jeeva and Gopika were declared the best star pair (`Keerthichakra') and Skandan and Roma (`Notebook') were chosen as the best new faces of the year.

Rosshan Andrrews and Lakshmi Sarma received the special jury award for the films `Notebook' and `Palunku' respectively.

While the best film award carries a cash prize of Rs.1.25 lakh, the awards for best director and best actors comprise Rs.50,000 each. All the awards will be accompanied by a citation and a statuette designed by artist Namboodiri.

The awards will be given away at a star-studded function to be held at the Chandrasekharan Nair Stadium here on January 28.




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