The 53rd Kerala State Film Awards: Celebrating Excellence in Malayalam Cinema

The 53rd Kerala State Film Awards 2023
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The 53rd Kerala State Film Awards  2023 is a highly anticipated and prestigious event that recognizes and celebrates the outstanding contributions of talented individuals to the world of Malayalam cinema. In this detailed article, we shall delve deep into the glitz and glamour of the ceremony, shedding light on the well-deserved winners, mesmerizing performances, and the unforgettable moments that unfolded during this momentous occasion.

The Kerala State Film Awards 2023: A Time-Honored Tradition

The Kerala State Film Awards, organized annually by the esteemed Kerala State Chalachitra Academy, have become an integral part of the state’s cultural heritage since its inception in 1969. For over five decades, these awards have played a pivotal role in acknowledging and appreciating the brilliance of filmmakers, actors, technicians, and other artists who have exhibited exceptional talents and artistic prowess in the vibrant Malayalam film industry.

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Unveiling the Winners

Best Film: “Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam”

The most coveted award of the evening, “Best Film,” was bestowed upon the thought-provoking masterpiece, “Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam.” Directed by a visionary filmmaker whose name remains synonymous with cinematic brilliance, the film captivated audiences with its compelling narrative, powerful performances, and an emotionally charged storyline that left a profound impact on viewers.

Best Director: Mahesh Narayanan (Ariyippu)

In recognition of their exceptional directorial skills and unparalleled ability to craft a cinematic masterpiece, the prestigious award for “Best Director” was presented to Mahesh Narayanan (Ariyippu). The filmmaker’s artistry in weaving together an intricate tale on the silver screen, combined with a profound understanding of human emotions, showcased a level of expertise that few can match.

Best Actor: Mammootty

One of the most revered and iconic actors in the history of Indian cinema, Mammootty, claimed the well-deserved title of “Best Actor.” Renowned for his versatility and the ability to slip effortlessly into diverse characters, Mammootty’s portrayal in Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam was nothing short of exceptional, leaving audiences spellbound and reaffirming his rightful place as a legend of the silver screen.

Best Actress: Vincy Aloshious

With a mesmerizing performance that touched the hearts of audiences far and wide, Vincy Aloshious won the hearts of the jury and cinemagoers alike, taking home the prestigious award for “Best Actress.” Her portrayal of Rekha displayed a remarkable depth of emotion and a keen understanding of her character, earning her admiration from critics and fans alike.

The Merit of Jury Awards

Beyond recognizing the leading roles, the Kerala State Film Awards also acknowledge the exceptional talents that work tirelessly behind the scenes to bring cinematic magic to life. The discerning eye of the jury identifies the unsung heroes who contribute significantly to the success of a film.

Best Cinematography: Shobi Paul Raj (Thallumaala)

A film’s visual narrative often plays a pivotal role in its success, and Shobi Paul Raj masterfully wielded the camera to create breathtaking visuals in Thallumaala. The award for “Best Cinematography” rightfully acknowledged the cinematographer’s brilliance in using light, shadows, and angles to evoke emotions and elevate the film’s overall impact.

Best Music Director: Dawn Vincent (Nna Thaan Case Kodu)

The power of music in enriching a cinematic experience is unparalleled, and Dawn Vincent left an indelible mark with their soul-stirring compositions in Nna Thaan Case Kodu. The award for “Best Music Director” celebrated their ability to create a symphony that resonated with the audience, heightening the emotional depth of the film.

The Rising Stars: Recognizing New Talent

The Kerala State Film Awards take great pride in acknowledging the exceptional talents of emerging artists who bring fresh perspectives and innovative ideas to the industry.

Best Debut Director: Shahi Kabir (Ela Veezhapoonchira)

Embarking on a directorial journey with immense promise, Shahi Kabir showcased their creative flair and storytelling finesse in Veezhapoonchira. The award for “Best Debut Director” celebrated their directorial debut, setting the stage for a future filled with remarkable cinematic creations.

Best New Actor: P P Kunjikrishnan (Nna Thaan Case Kodu) 

The journey of a rising star in the film industry often begins with a breakthrough performance that leaves a lasting impression on the hearts of audiences. P P Kunjikrishnan’s exceptional talent and dedication to their craft earned them the accolade of “Best New Actor,” positioning them as a promising name to watch out for in the years to come.

Best New Actress: Devi Varma (Saudi Vellakka) 

The world of cinema is ever-evolving, and Devi Verma embraced the challenges and opportunities that came with her debut performance in Saudi Vellakka. Her impressive portrayal earned her the prestigious “Best New Actress” award, symbolizing the beginning of a promising career in the captivating realm of Malayalam cinema.

Winners List of 53rd Kerala State Film Awards

  • Best Actor – Mammootty (Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam)
  • Best Actress – Vincy Aloshious (Rekha)
  • Best Film – Nanpakal Nerathu Mayakkam
  • Second Best Film – Adithattu
  • Best Director – Mahesh Narayanan (Ariyippu)
  • Best Character Actress – PP Kunhikrishnan (Nna Thaan Case Kodu)
  • Best Character Actress – Devi Varma (Saudi Vellakka)
  • Best Debut Director – Shahi Kabir (Ela Veezhapoonchira)
  • Best Child Actor – Master Da Vinci (Pallotty 90’s Kids)
  • Best Child Actress – Thanmaya (Vazhakku)
  • Best Film with Popular Appeal and Aesthetic Value – Nna Thaan Case Kodu
  • Best Children’s Film – Pallotty 90’s Kids
  • Special Jury Award (Acting) – Kunchacko Boban (Nna Thaan Case Kodu) and Alencier Ley Lopez (Appan)
  • Special Jury Mention (Direction) – Biswajith S and Rareesh
  • Special Award in Any Category for Women/Transgender – Shruthi Sharanyam
  • Best Music Director (Songs) – M Jayachandran (Pathonpathaam Noottaandu and Ayisha)
  • Best Music Director (Score) – Dawn Vincent (Nna Thaan Case Kodu)
  • Best Male Singer – Kapil Kapilan (Kanave | Pallotty 90’s Kids)
  • Best Female Singer – Mridula Warrier (Mayilpeeli | Pathonpathaam Noottaandu)
  • Best Lyrics – Rafeeque Ahammed (Thiramaala | Viddiyude Mash)
  • Best Screenplay (Original) – Ratheesh Balakrishnan Poduval (Nna Thaan Case Kodu)
  • Best Screenplay (Adapted) – Rajesh Kumar R (Oru Thekkan Thallu Case)
  • Best Story – Kamal KM (Pada)
  • Best Cinematography – Manesh Madhavan (Ela Veezhapoonchira) and Chandru Selvaraj (Vazhakku)
  • Best Editor – Nishad Yousuf (Thallumaala)
  • Best Art Director – Jyothish Sankar (Nna Thaan Case Kodu)
  • Best Choreography – Shobi Paul Raj (Thallumaala)
  • Best Sound Mixing – Vipin Nair (Nna Thaan Case Kodu)
  • Best Sound Design – Ajay (Ela veezhapoonchira)
  • Best VFX – Aneesh D, Sumesh Gopal (Vazhakku)
  • Best Dubbing Artiste – Pauly Valson (Ayisha Rawther | Saudi Vellakka)
  • Best Dubbing Artiste – Shobi Thilakan (Padaveeran Thampi | Pathonpathaam Noottandu)
  • Best Costume Designer – Manjusha Radhakrishnan (Saudi Vellakka)
  • Best Make-up Artiste – Ronex Xavier (Bheeshmaparvam)


The 53rd Kerala State Film Awards served as a grand celebration of the magic and allure of Malayalam cinema. The event, graced by the presence of distinguished personalities and creative geniuses, stood as a testament to the artistic brilliance and cultural richness of Kerala’s film industry.

As the curtains fell on this momentous occasion, the winners emerged as luminaries in their respective domains, etching their names in the annals of Malayalam cinema history. Their exceptional talent, dedication, and passion for storytelling have inspired and will continue to shape the future of the industry, captivating audiences worldwide for generations to come.


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