Trivandrum : The 2011 state film awards were announced on Thursday afternoon. Actor Dileep bagged the Best Actor award for his dual roles as 'Mukkom Shahjahan/Ravi' in the film 'Vellaripravinte Changathi'. This is the actor's maiden state award, although Dileep has been selected for Special Jury Award for his films 'Kunjikoonan' (2002) and 'Chanthupottu' (2005). Dileep winning the award came as a surprise to many as initial reports suggested Mohanlal to be chosen as the best actor.
Renjith directed 'Indian Rupee', which portrayed the inglorious side of real estate trading was selected as the Best Film in 2011.
P Balachandaran's 'Ivan Megharoopan', the biopic based on Malayalam poet Kunhiraman Nair was adjudged as the second best film.
Swetha Menon was selected as the Best Female Actor for enacting the character of 'Maya Krishnan' in the blockbuster 'Salt N Pepper'. The movie was also selected as the most popular movie of 2011.
Blessy was given the best director award for his film 'Pranayam', which brought together Mohanlal with Anupam Kher and Jaya Prada.
Fahad Fazil is the Best Supporting Male Actor for the film 'Chappa Kurushu', whereas Nilambur Ayisha is the Best Supporting Female Actor for the movie 'Oomakuyil Padumbol', which also won Malavika the award for Best Child Artist.
Shreya Ghosal got the award for 'Kannoram Singaram' from Veeraputhran and Kannodu Kannoram' from Rathinirvedam.. The song 'Chempakapoonkavilee..' in the same movie procured the Best Male Singer award for Sudeep Kumar.
Jagathy Sreekumar was named the Best Comedian for the movie 'Swapna