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THALASSERY: When Adoor Gopalakrishnan stepped on to the stage to receive the J C Daniel Award from Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, more than 15,000 people at the Municipal Stadium applauded loudly.

The biggest honour in Malayalam cinema may have come rather late for him, but the man who put our films on the world map richly deserved the moment.

That was also one of those moments that justified the government’s decision to make the State Film Awards in a public function at a large ground and turn into a big show of dance and music. The night, of course, belonged to the award winners, who received their prizes from Pinarayi.

In his speech, the Chief Minister said that many of the award-winning films were about the oppressed and the marginalised. He also referred to the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh and the growing intolerance in the country. “So many films have been objected to by the Censor Board over the last couple of years; even a documentary featuring Nobel laureate Amartya Sen wasn’t spared,” he said.

Culture Minister A K Balan said the state awards encouraged good cinema. “Two of the award-winning films were made at a budget of less than Rs 15 lakhs at a time when producers are spending crores of rupees to make commercial films,” he said.

Ports Minister Kadannappally Ramachandran limited his speech to a song, rendering the evergreen melody Chandrakalabham chaarthi... . Health Minister K K Shylaja and Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan were present.

Veteran directors I V Sasi, T V Chandran, and K P Kumaran, actors Seema, Nilambur Ayisha, Kutyedathi Vilasini and Raghavan, producer P V Gangadharan, playback singer B Vasantha and lyricist Poovachal Khadar were honoured.

Earlier, the function got off to a fine start with a Bharatanatyam performance by Shobana. There were more dances to follow, including a piece by local lad Vineeth, who also received the award for the best choreographer.

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