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Acclaimed Filmmaker Sudhir Mishra Named Chair of Kerala State Film Awards 2023 Jury

In significant news for the Indian film industry, esteemed filmmaker Sudhir Mishra has been appointed as the chairperson of the jury for the Kerala State Film Awards 2023. This announcement has been met with widespread acclaim, given Mishra’s storied career and the influential role he has played in Indian cinema over the years.

Mishra first rose to prominence with his debut film, “Yeh Woh Manzil To Nahin,” a biographical drama that earned the National Film Award for Best Debut in 1987. This early accolade set the tone for a career that has been marked by critical acclaim and a willingness to tackle controversial and socially relevant themes. His film “Dharavi,” which won the National Award, shed light on life in one of Asia’s largest slums and stirred both hearts and debates. Similarly, “Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi,” a film set during the tumultuous period of the Emergency in India, remains a significant work due to its exploration of youthful ideology and its impact on personal lives and relationships.

Adding to his impressive credentials, Mishra was honored by the French government with the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2010. This decoration, one of France’s highest cultural honors, further cements his status as a filmmaker of international repute.

The selection of Mishra as the jury chair reflects a commitment to maintaining a high standard of excellence and inclusivity in the Kerala State Film Awards. Over the years, these awards have become one of the most prestigious regional film awards in India, recognizing outstanding contributions to the filmmaking world.

Supporting Mishra in this prestigious task will be two influential figures in Indian cinema: filmmaker Priyanandanan and noted cinematographer and filmmaker Azhagappan. Both will lead the two subcommittees of the preliminary judging panel and will also serve as members of the final judging committee.

“Involving a diverse and accomplished panel like this speaks volumes about the seriousness and dedication towards the integrity of the awards,” commented an official from the Kerala State Chalachitra Academy.

Joining them on the final jury are several other distinguished personalities: filmmaker Lijo Jose Pellissery, celebrated for his innovative storytelling techniques; writer N.S. Madhavan, a name synonymous with thought-provoking literary works; actor Ann Augustine, who has made a significant mark in Malayalam cinema; and musician Sreevalsan J. Menon, whose contributions to Indian music are widely lauded.

The preliminary judging panel is an equally distinguished group, featuring cinematographer Prathap V.

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. Nair, editor Vijay Shankar, and writers Shihabuddin Poythumkadavu, Vinoy Thomas, and Malavika Binny, as well as sound recordist C.R. Chandran. This diverse team is expected to bring a comprehensive and multifaceted perspective to the evaluation process.

Furthermore, this year’s awards include a distinct jury for writings related to cinema, emphasizing the importance of critical discourse in the industry. Film critic and writer Janaki Sreedharan will lead this jury, with noted film critic Jose K. Manuel and writer O.K. Santosh as its other members.

A noteworthy figure in this year’s proceedings is Kerala State Chalachitra Academy secretary C. Ajoy, who will serve as the member secretary across all panels, ensuring smooth coordination and effective management throughout the judging process.

This year, a record number of 160 films have been submitted for consideration. This impressive turnout reflects the vibrancy and dynamism of the Kerala film industry, which continues to produce a diverse array of films year after year. Screening for these entries is scheduled to commence on July 13, setting the stage for an intense and thorough evaluation process.

The Kerala State Film Awards have long been a benchmark of cinematic excellence in India. The inclusion of eminent personalities like Sudhir Mishra and a well-rounded jury signifies a dedication to upholding the highest standards of criteria. This year’s awards promise to be a fitting celebration of talent and creativity, further cementing Kerala’s role in the broader landscape of Indian cinema.