Vanitha is an Indian Magazine from Kerala by the Malayalam Manorama group. The magazine group presents this Vanitha Film Awards to the best of Malayalam film industry. The ceremony is held annually since 1998. The event has gathered a lot of popularity over time turning into one of the most watched ones in Kerala. The show happened at a mega cultural event in Kochi on 18th January same year. Starting with, the best actor and actress awards are taken by Prithviraj for his performance Celluloid and
Mumbai Police and Shobhana for the film Thira (with this Shobhana happens to make a comeback to the Malayalam film industry) respectively.
Jeethu Joseph won the best director award for the movie Drishyam.
The Lifetime Achievement award went to
Innocent Vareed Thekkethala, popularly known as Innocent. He is an actor and politician from the Thrissur district of Kerala. Sanoop received the best debutant award, his sister and actress Sanusha received in his absence for the performance in children comedy film-Philips and the Monkey Pen.
Aparna Gopinath got the best female debutant award for the film ABCD. Kaavaalam Narayanan Panicker won the best lyricist award for the movie Amen. Amen also takes the Popular Film Award with it. Prashanth Pillai bagged the best music director award for Amen.
Mridula Warrier won the award of the best female singer and the best male singer went to Shehbaaz.
Best supporting actor went to Indrajith for the film Amen, and for the actress it’s taken by
Bindu Panicker, for the film Pullipulliyum Aatinkuttiyum.
Shammi Thilakan for his charismatic performance in the film Neram, Srigaravelan, received the Best Comedy Actor award.
Kalabhavan Shajon bagged the Best Villain award for the movie Drishyam. Most of the awards as seen went to the two notable films Amen and Drishyam. And the Scripter Writer Best went to
Joy Mathew for the Film Shutter. The award for the best cinematographer went to
Madhu Neelakandan for the movie
Annayum Rasoolum. Various notable performers like
Shreya Ghoshal, Mridula Warrier, Prasanth Pillai, Shehbaaz Aman entertained the audience throughout the show.
There were also many dance numbers performed by professionals like Bollywood actress Karishma Kapoor, Thamanna South Indian actresses Padmapriya and Malayalam beauties
Rima Kallingal and
Isha Talwar. Not only that, some popular personalities from the Malayalam film industry, including Sheela, Indrajith, Innocent and Kalpana were present at the ceremony. The hosts kept everything in pace and all fun.