National Award Winners of Malayalam Cinema


National Award Winners (Malayalam)
Malayalam Cinema has produced some of the India's finest artists who have gone to claim national and international fame for their excellence in front and behind the camera. 

This post lists the National Award Winners of Malayalam Cinema in the categories of Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actresses.

National Award Winners of Malayalam Cinema

National Award for Best Film

  • Instituted in – 1953.
  • Sponsored by – Directorate of Film Festivals.
  • Former Name – President's Gold Medal for Best Feature Film.
  • Prize – Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus) ₹ 2,50,000/-
  • Total awarded – 67 times.
  • First Winner – Shyamchi Aai.
  • Last Winner (2019) – Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea (Director: Priyadarshan).
FilmDirectorYear
ChemmeenRamu Kariat1965
SwayamvaramAdoor Gopalakrishnan1972
NirmalyamM. T. Vasudevan Nair1973
ChidambaramG. Aravindan1985
PiraviShaji N. Karun1988
KathapurushanAdoor Gopalakrishnan1995
VanaprasthamShaji N. Karun & Mohanlal1999
ShanthamJayaraj2000
PulijanmamPriyanandanan2006
Kutty SrankShaji N. Karun2009
Adaminte Makan AbuSalim Ahamed2010
Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian SeaPriyadarshan2019


National Award for Best Director

  • Instituted in – 1964.
  • Sponsored by – Directorate of Film Festivals.
  • Former Name – Award for excellence in direction (1967–1976).
  • Prize – Swarna Kamal (Golden Lotus), ₹ 2,50,000.
  • First awarded – 1967.
  • Total awarded – 53.
  • First winner – Satyajit Ray.
  • Last Winner (2019) – Sanjay Puran Singh Chauhan (Bahattar Hoorain).
  • Indira Gandhi Award for Best Debut Film of Director (2019) – Mathukutty Xavier (Helen).
DirectorFilmYear
Adoor GopalakrishnanSwayamvaram
Mukhamukham
Anantaram
Mathilukal
Naalu Pennungal
    1972
    1984
    1987
    1989
    2007
      G. AravindanKanchana Sita
      Thampu
      Oridathu
        1977
        1978
        1986
          Shaji N. Karun
          Piravi

            1988
              JayarajKaliyattam
              Bhayanakam
                1997
                2017
                  Rajeevnath
                  Janani

                    1998


                      National Award for Best Actor

                      National Award Winning Actors of Malayalam
                      • Instituted in – 1954.
                      • Sponsored by – Directorate of Film Festivals.
                      • Former Name – Bharat Award (1968–1974).
                      • Prize – Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) ₹50,000.
                      • Total awarded – 58
                      • First awarded – 1967
                      • Most awards – Amitabh Bachchan (4 awards).
                      • Last winner (2019) – Manoj Bajpayee (Bhonsle) & Dhanush (Asuran).
                      ActorFilmYear
                      P. J. AntonyNirmalyam1973
                      Bharath GopiKodiyettam1977
                      Balan K. NairOppol1980
                      PremjiPiravi1988
                      MammoottyMathilukal
                      Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha
                      1989
                      MohanlalBharatham1991
                      MammoottyPonthan Mada Vidheyan1993
                      Balachandra MenonSamaantharangal1997
                      Suresh GopiKaliyattam1997
                      MohanlalVanaprastham1999
                      MuraliNeythukaran2001
                      Salim KumarAdaminte Makan Abu2010
                      Suraj VenjaramooduPerariyathavar2013


                      National Award for Best Actress

                      National Award Winning Actresses - Malayalam
                      • Instituted in – 1954.
                      • Sponsored by – Directorate of Film Festivals.
                      • Former Name – Urvashi Award (1967–1973).
                      • Prize – Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus) ₹50,000 (US$700).
                      • First awarded – 1967.
                      • Total awarded – 54.
                      • First winner – Nargis Dutt.
                      • Most awards – Shabana Azmi (5 awards).
                      • Last winner (2019) – Kangana Ranaut (Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi & Panga).
                      ActressFilmYear
                      SharadaThulabharam
                      Swayamvaram
                        1968
                        1972
                          Monisha UnniNakhakshathangal1986
                          ShobanaManichitrathazhu1993
                          Meera JasminePaadam Onnu: Oru Vilapam2003
                          Surabhi LakshmiMinnaminungu – the Firefly2016

                          SideNotes:

                          • Sharada has won a second National Film Award for the Best Actress in a Telugu film, Nimajjanam (1976).
                          • Shobana also won a National award a second time for an English film, Mitr My Friend (2001).

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