Jury chairman Dr. N. Jayadevan, Samithi president K.K. Rajendran, K.V. Jyothilal, Secretary Baiju Joseph and K. Sajiv Kumar told a news conference that Manoj’s portrayal of Thalakkal Chanthu in Pazhassi Raja made him eligible for the award.
The award carries a cash prize of Rs. 10,001 and a memento designed by K.V. Jyothilal. Agriculture Minister Mullakkara Ratnakaran will present the award at a ceremony to be held at Kanjaveli on January 8.