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Maheshinte Prathikaaram, which is considered to be one of the best Malayalam films of the recent times, did make a mark of its own in the recently announced Kerala State Film Awards 2016.
The film did go on to win the award for the Best Popular Movie with aesthetic value, which it rightly deserved in all the senses. Syam Pushkaran, the writer of Maheshinte Prathikaaram, also went on to win the award for the Best Script.
Well, the jury of Kerala State Film Awards 2016 has been receiving overwhelming reviews for their decision, as most of their selections were spot on. Kudos to the jury for coming up with some daring decisions.
Having said that, there are certain sections of the audiences, who feel that Maheshinte Prathikaaram, deserved more at the Kerala State Film Awards 2016.
Well, on a second thought, one would get the feel that Maheshinte Prathikaaram should have scored more number of awards. Here, we take you through some of the categories for which Maheshinte Prathikaaram deserved a special mention, at least.
Dileesh Pothan's Brilliance
Maheshinte Prathikaaram was the debut directorial venture of Dileesh Pothan. But, without the inhibitions of a debut film-maker he made the film a classy one with good entertainment value, as well. Dileesh Pothan's brilliance in handling the entire subject was the talking point in many of the social media pages.
Well, having made such a brilliant movie, probably one would get a feel why the director didn't get the title for the Best Debut Director. Having said that, Shaanavas Baavakutty, who won this year's title for the well-crafted movie Kismath, also did a splendid job, but we feel that Dileesh Pothan's brilliance deserved due acknowledgement as well.
Bijibal's Soulful Music
It would be hard to find another song, which was much popular than 'Idukki..' from Maheshinte Prathikaaram. Bijibal, who had sung the song, as well, did set a soulful tune for this song, which summed up the entire background of the film, Maheshinte Prathikaaram.
M Jayachandran, who won this year's award for the Best Music Director for his work in Kamboji has done a decent job. But, it would have been fairer to give Bijibal this award, also considering the fact that M Jayachandran had won this title 6 times, in the past.
Scintillating Frames Set By Shyju Khalid
Well, the award for the Best Cinematographer went to M J Radhakrishnan. And there is no second opinion on that, since the master cinematographer was brilliant with the camera in Kaadu Pookkunna Neram.
Coming to Shyju Khalid, we need to comprehend the subtlety with which he captured the beautiful locales of Idukki, without losing out the juice of the story line. There weren't much gimmicks shown in the camera department but still, the frames did go on to make a lasting impact in the minds of viewers. Definitely, Shyju Khalid, deserved a special mention, at least.
Performances – Subtle Yet Impactful
Well, almost all the Malayalam film lovers are happy with the fact that Vinayakan and Manikandan Achaari went on to win the Best Actor and Best Character awards, respectively. Coming to Maheshinte Prathikaaram, the film was rich in performances.
Be it Fahadh Faasil or Soubin Shahir, each and everyone of them did a splendid job. Especially, Fahadh, who lived as Mahesh. We heard that the actor was in the contention for the Best Actor award and a special mention for his performance would have been a cherry on the cake for Maheshinte Prathikaaram.
Anyhow, the audiences can be happy of the fact that none of the awards went to undeserved candidate. There might have been a tight competition and the jury's decision is always the final decision.
Well, now let us set our eyes on National Film Awards. Let us hope that Maheshinte Prathikaaram would make a mark at the National level as well.