SPECIAL: Big Screen Awards 2022


Thrissur, the cultural capital of Kerala, witnessed the launch of Big Screen Awards to celebrate the style and substance of Malayalam cinema

Kerala witnessed the arrival of a big event after Covid-19 curtailed gatherings for a long time. The Big Screen Awards 2022, under the leadership of Yousaf Lensman, assembled the galaxy of stars from the Malayalam film industry.

Director Ranjith, Chairman of the Film Academy, inaugurated the award night. Biju Menon, Tovino Thomas, Unni Mukundan, Darshana, Suraj Venjaramood, Shine Tom Chacko, Shanker Ramakrishnan, Kalesh Ramanandan, Moor, Sudheesh, Irshad, Johny Antony, Ramesh Pisharady, Malavika, Gowri Nanda, Kottayam Ramesh and ‘Minnal Murali’ fame Guru Somasundaram were present.

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Somasundaram revealed that this was his first award night function and the audience welcomed him with wild applause when he delivered a few punch dialogues from the movie ‘Minnal Murali’.

Actress Darshana, who won the award for best actress, sang the title song ‘Darshana’ along with music director Hesham. Music director Shan Rahman sang ‘Uyire’ from ‘Minnal Murali’ along with Mithun Jayaraj and Narayani Gopan.

Praseetha Chalakkudi, who bagged the ‘Voice of the Year’ award, mesmerized the audience. The audience were also entertained with some mega-hit songs. Gopi Sundar, Alphonse Joseph, Shaan Rahman, Kailas Menon, Hesham Abdul Wahab, Haricharan, KS Harishankar, Kaithapram, BK Harinarayanan, Anwar Ali, Sujatha Mohan also attended the event.

When Thrissur Collector Haritha V Nair came on stage to present an award to her favourite singer Sujatha Mohan, she requested her to sing some lines. Sujatha Mohan obliged with ‘Oru Murai Vanthu Parthaya’ from ‘Manichithrathazhu’.

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Under the leadership of Lensman, the event was produced by Nash Varghese Kuwait with the support of administration head Razal Doha.

Big Screen Awards were organised by Lensman Entertainments in association with FEMA (Federation of Event Management Association) and Janish Oscar Events. Kalyan Silks, ICL Fincorp, Evo Thamesbae, Aqua Star, Max Value, Wedding Village, Shafeenaz, Matsapp, Heyniz, Somewhere Nice, IAN Institute, NTC, Fashion Bay, Joy Palace Hotel, Royal Restaurant, Institute of Event Management Kerala and Asian Lite Media Group/London Daily Digital were the sponsors.

Some unforgettable performances were made by Dif-Freque band’s magical fusion music. Singers including Afsal Ismail, Vaishnav Gireesh, Mithun Jayaraj, Akbar Khan, Ayraan, Akhila Anand, Nithya Mammen, Sreenanda, Meril Ann Mathew, Fawas performed at the event.

Shahbas Aman who won the best singer award also recreated his song ‘Aakashamayavale.’

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A festival mood was created when Nanchiyamma from Attappady who rose to fame came with her hit song from the movie ‘Ayyappanum Koshiyum’. The mood turned somber when Nanchiyamma fondly remembered director Sachi who died just after the movie’s release.

Suraj Venjaramoodu and Ramesh Pisharody made the audience burst into laughter as usual with their performance.

The opening act directed by Yousaf Lensman captured the historic moments of Malayalam film industry was a visual treat. The award night was creatively supported by N V Ajith and his team. Dance choreography was done by Serenas. Actor Gayathri Suresh and Sijo Rose performed dances. A dance performance by the male dance group D-Solve containing Cinema spoof dances drew applause.

Directors Ranjith and Sidhique wished well for Yousaf Lensman and his new venture Big Screen Awards. Directors Anoop Sathyan, Rasheed Parakkal, Rohit (Kala), Chidambaram (Operation Java) and PRO AS Dinesh were among the awardees.

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