It was recently that the results of the 64th National Film Awards were announced. In fact, the announcement came in as a pleasant surprise to Malayalam film audiences, as Malayalam actress Surabhi, won the title of the Best Actress for her performance in the film Minnaminungu.
Surabhi, had made a mark in the industry as a character artist and was earlier confined to small roles in films. The Malayalam actress did shoot to fame with her performance in the serial M80 Moosa.
The Malayalam actress has brought back the trophy to Mollywood, after a gap of 14 years. Surabhi is only the fifth Malayalam actress to have won this title, in the span of 64 years.
Here, we take you through the other instances when a Malayalam Actress did go on to win the National Film Award for the Best Actress.
Sharada For Thulabharam (1968)
Popular Actress Sharada was the one who brought trophy for the National Award for the Best Actress for the first time to Mollywood. In the year 1968, she won the title of the Best Actress for the portrayal of the character Vijaya in the movie Thulabharam, directed by A. Vincent.
Sharada For Swayamvaram (1972)
Once again, it was Sharada who brought the trophy back to Mollywood. Her performance in the critically acclaimed film Swayamvaram, directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan fetched her second National Award. Sharada was much praised for the character Sita in the film.
Monisha For Nakhakshathangal (1986)
Actress Monisha made her debut in films with the movie Nakhakshathangal, directed by Hariharan and written by M T Vasudevan Nair. The actress shot to fame, as she went on to win the National Award for the Best Actress for her debut movie.
Shobana For Manichithrathzhu (1993)
Popular Malayalam actress Shobana went on to win her first National Film Award for the Best Actress for her performance in the movie Manichithrathazha. Her portrayal of Ganga, a person suffering from split personality, was widely appreciated by the audiences and critics alike.
Meera Jasmine For Paadam Onnu Oru Vilapam (2003)
Meera Jasmine, brought laurels to Kerala when she won the Best Actress Trophy at the 51st National Film Awards for her performance in the film Paadam Onnu Oru Vilapam. The film directed by T V Chandran had the actress playing the role of a girl, who is a victim of child marriage.
Apart from the above mentions actresses, Jomol and Jyothirmayi have received the special jury awards for their performances in the films Ennu Swantham Janakikutty and Bhaavam respectively.
Interestingly, Sharada has also won a National Film Award for the Best Actress for her performance in a Telugu film, Nimajjanam (1978). Similar is the case of Shobana, who won her second title for an English film, Mitr My Friend (2001).
Well, we hope that, in the future more and more Malayalam actresses would find a place in this much coveted list.