Kerala State Awards are awards presented to outstanding performances in cinema. These awards honour films with artistic value. Initially, the awards were presented by Department of Cultural Affairs under the aegis of Government of Kerala. But from 1998, it was managed by the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy which is an autonomous and non-profit body. The awards began in the year 1969. Initially, the number of awards was only 15, but the number was then raised to 30. The winners are decided by a specially appointed jury consisting of eminent personalities from the film industry. A special jury decides for awards for literature on cinema. These people were appointed by the Department of Cultural Affairs. The awards are offered by the Chief Minister of Kerala. The winners receive the cash prize, a figurine known as “replica”, and a certificate.
Some of the awards presented are J.C. Daniel Award for Lifetime Achievement, Best Film and Second Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Actress to name a few. Mohanlal has won the maximum number of Best Actor Award which is six followed by Mammootty who has won five awards. In 1987, the award for Best Film went to “Purushartam” which was directed by K.R Mohan and produced by P.D.K Muhammad. The movie “Theertham” won Second Best Film Award, directed by Mohan and produced by G.P.Vijayakumar and G Jayakumar. The Best Director of the year was
Adoor Gopalakrishnan for his movie “Anantharam”. The Best Actor Award went to Nedu Mudi Venu for his role in “Oru Minnaminuginte Nurunguvattom”. Suhasini in “Ezhuthappurangal” received the Best Actress Award.
The Second Best Actor and Actress Awards went to Thilakan and Philomina for their roles in the same movie “Thaniyavarthanam”. This film also won the Award for the Best Story. A.K. Lodhia Das won this award. The Best Photography Award went to Madhu Ambattu.Mmusic director Ouseppachan, singers Bala Murali Krishna and K.S Chitra were awarded for their outstanding performances. The Best Documentary Film of the year was “Basheer The Man”, directed by M A Rahiman and produced by Kannam Kulam Abdulla. “Oru Minnaminuginte Nurunguvattom” won the award for Best film which received popular appeal and had aesthetic value.
Lenin Rajendran won the Special Jury Award. The book “Kazhchayude Asanthi” won the award for Best Book on Cinema written by V. Rajakrishnan. The other awards for Art Director, Sound Editor, went to P Krishna Murthy for “Swathi Thirunal”, and D Krishnanunni for “Purushartham” respectively.