THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: For a change, a state film award jury chairman was not vague in his replies. “No other actor in the history of Malayalam cinema has given such a stylised performance as Dulquer Salman in Charlie,” said jury chairman Mohan.
Unlike his predecessor, he did not think twice before revealing the names in the final list. “Only Dulquer and Jayasoorya were there. Jayasoorya was also amazing,” Mr Mohan said. He said that Mammootty did not feature in the final list for his work in Salim Ahmed’s Pathemari.
“We found that Mammootty had done many such characters as in Pathemari, it was nothing new,” Mohan said. He also said Mammootty’s performance in Pathemari was not a patch on the performance of his son, Dulquer, and Jayasoorya. Mohan further said that there were no performances in the films before the jury that could match that of these two.
As for Parvathy, she virtually did not have competition. “We did consider Deepti Sati for her work in Nee-Na. But then we came across Parvathy in two avatars, in Charlie and Ennu Ninte Moideen. The two were entirely different, and choosing her was a cinch,” Mr Mohan said.
One of the jury members, B. R. Prasad, called Sanal Kumar Sasidharan's Ozhivudivasathe Kali as the “cinema of the future”. “The film did not have a single close-up shot, neither a mid-shot. And one of the long-shots was 30 minutes long,” Mr Prasad said. “This is a film that should be held up as a model for future filmmakers,” he added....