Special Correspondent

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Thalapavu, directed by Madhupal, and Thirakatha, directed by Renjith, have shared the Atlas Film Critics Award-2008 for the best cinema. Madhupal has won the best director award.

The awards have been instituted by the Kerala Film Critics Association. Kurukshetra, directed by Major Ravi, has been adjudged the second best film and Twenty-Twenty, the popular film.

Mohanlal has won the award for the best actor (male) for his roles in Pakal Nakshathrangal and Kurukehstra. Sukumari has been adjudged the best actor (female) for her performance in Mizhikal Sakshi. The ‘Chalachitra Retnam’ honour will be conferred on T.E. Vasudevan for his contributions to Malayalam cinema. The awards were announced here on Friday by Atlas group chairman M.M. Ramachandran; association president Thekkinkad Joseph; general secretary Mannarakayam Baby and vice-president Viswamangalam Sundaresan.

The other winners are Renjith, second best actor (male) in Gulmohar; Priyanka second best actor (female) in Vilapangalkappuram; child artistes Baby Nayanthara (Swarnam), Baby Ahana (Pachamara Thanalil), Baby Dia (Thavalam); debutante artiste Shilpa Bala (Orkkuka Vallapozhum); debut director Sohanlal (Orkkuka Vallapozhum) and Hari Narayanan (Nanthuni).

Aryadan Shoukath (Vilapangalkappuram) has been adjudged the best story writer.

The producers of the best film will be given a purse of Rs.50,000 each and a citation. The prize money for the best director would be Rs.25,000.