Kerala State Government decided to remove the Best Comedian Category from the Kerala State Film Awards from next year. The news was revealed by Minister for Cinema, Thiruvanjoor Radhakrishnan, at the inaugural function of renovated Kairali-Sree theatre complex, at Trivandrum.
The minister stated that, from next year onwards, only Best Actor and Best Second Actor categories will be there in the awards and there won't be a categorisation between comedy and character actors.
Earlier, a committee leaded by veteran director Adoor Gopalakrishnan has filed a recommendation for removing the Best Comedian category from the awards; as the award evaluation of 2013 raised so much controversies. Earlier, most of the actors including Jagathy Sreekumar and Salim Kumar has raised complaints against differentiating actors as comedy and character artiste in State Film Awards.
The minister also revealed the decisions to increase the prize money for J C Daniel Awards from next year. He stated that the Government has decided to increase the subsidies for good movie projects. The minister also informed that the total process of selecting movies movies for the State Award will undergo a drastic change from next year.