legendary actress Sheela will be presented this year's Cultural
Award, instituted in 1996 by the Malayalam Wing of the Indian
Social Club Muscat, on Thursday, the second day of the wing's
three-day-long Onam celebrations.
The Cultural Award is conferred upon eminent personalities of
Kerala who have made outstanding contributions in films, literature
and arts. Sheela, who has acted in a record 687 movies, mostly as
the lead actress, was chosen by the wing members for the honour in
recognition of her contributions to the film industry. The award
consists of a memento and a cheque of Rs. 50,000.
Winners so far include movie producer and director Adoor
Gopalakrishnan, director I.V. Sasi and actors Madhu, Nedumudi Venu,
Murali, Jagathy Sreekumar, K.P.A.C. Lalitha, Seema, Sreenivasan,
and Padmashri Sukumari and Jagadish.
Sheela is a winner of several national and Kerala state awards. She
won the Indian President's Gold Medal for the Malayalam movie
Chemmeen (1965). She holds, along with Prem Nazir, the
Guinness book record for acting in the largest number of films
(107) together. Her other accomplishments include winning the Lux
Award five times, the South Indian Filmfare Award seven times, the
Screen Videocon Lifetime Achievement Award, Sathyan Memorial Award
and the Kerala State Award for best actress.