Karnataka State Film Awards 2016 were announced recently in a press meet called by the Jury led by Kavitha Lankesh. Interestingly, most of the awards have gone for films made by the new age film makers.
Other members in the selection committee were actress Rekha, cinematographer Basavaraj and singer Chandrika Gururaj. It seems like films which won National Awards were not considered for the selection of state awards.
Jury also announced Lifetime Achievement Awards in the same press meet. Jury has selected Music director V. Manohar, former KFCC president/exhibitor K. V. Chandrashekar and journalist Rukkoji for Dr. Rajkumar Award, Puttanna Kanagal Award and Dr. Vishnuvardhan Award respectively.
Here is the list of awards.
First Best Film is Amaravathi directed by BM Giriraj and has Achyuth Kumar in the lead role.
Second Best film was Railway Children directed by debutant Prithvi Konanur.
Third Best Film was Antharjala directed by Harish MD Halli and Rajendra Karanth played vital role.
Mudla Seemeyalli was adjudged as the Best Film of Social Concern whereas Jeer Jimbe was Best Children's film. Madipu (Tulu language) directed by Chetan Mundadi was Best Regional Film. Biggest Hit Kirik Party is pronounced as Best Entertaining Film. Rama Rama Re won Best Debut Film of Newcomer Director.
Best Actor (Male): Achyuth Kumar (Amaravathi)
Best Actor (Female): Sruthi Hariharan ( Beautiful Manasugalu)
Best Supporting Actor (Male): Naveen D Padil (Kudla Café)
Best Supporting Actor (Female): Akshata Pandavpura (Palata)
Best Child Actor (Male): Master Manohar (Railway Children)
Best Child Actor (Female): Baby Sirivanalli (Jeer Jimbe)
Baby Revathy (Beti)
Master Manohar has won National Award for Best Child Actor for the same role in Railway Children. He has won two prestigious awards in the span of a week.
Best Story: Nandita Yadav (Raju Yedegebidda Akshara)
Best Screenplay: Arvind Shastry (Kahi)
Best Dialogue: BM Giriraj (Amaravathi)
Best Music Director: Charan Raj (Jeer Jimbe)
Best Lyricist: Karthik Saragur (Jeer Jimbe)
Best Playback Singer (Male): Vijay Prakash for song Nammooralli
Chaligaladalli (Beautiful Manasugalu)
Best Playback Singer (Female): Sangeeta Ravindranath for song Nannede Beedige (Jalsa)
Best Cinematography: Shekar Chandra (Mungaru Male 2)
Best Editing: C Ravichandran (Mummy)
Best Art Director: Shashidhar Adappa (Uppina Kagada)
Special Jury Award
Best Costume Designer: Chinmayee for Santheyalli Nintha
Best Production Controller: KV Manjayya for Mungaru Male 2
Amaravathi and Jeer Jimbe have won the most number of awards this year. Amaravathi released last month but failed to do much commercially even though received rave reviews. Let's hope the film gets its due when DVDs are out or after the television premiere.
Jeer Jimbe is yet to hit the screens and with such reception from Jury, makers would want to release the film sooner. As per the reports, makers are looking to release the film by the end of May or early June.