Posted Fri, July 20, 2012 1:53pm IST

Popular Mollywood actor Dileep and Shweta Menon grabbed top honours at the Kerala State Film awards declared on July 19 (Thursday)

Dileep won the best actor award, his first, for his role in Velaripravinte Changathi, while Shweta Menon bagged best actress award for Salt N’ Pepper at the Kerala State Film awards declared on July 19. Director Renjith’s Indian Rupee was declared the best film, and best director trophy went to Blessy for Pranayam. Dileep said he was not expecting the award and added: “In the past, I really wished I had won the award for my role in Kunhikoonan and Chandupottu, but I never got it. So, this time it was totally unexpected because I felt I will never get an award.”

On the other hand, Shweta was excited after winning her second Kerala State Film Award. “Oh my god, I just can’t believe this. I am really excited and I am unable to speak. Please allow me to thank all who worked in the film Salt N’ Pepper, which fetched me my award,” said the actor who is expecting her first child with husband Sreevalsan Menon. Salt N’ Pepper also got the most popular film award.

The jury was led by veteran Tamil director K Bhagyaraj. Ailing Jagathy Sreekumar was declared best comedian. He is currently in a hospital in Tamil Nadu, following a serious road accident in March this year. Upcoming star Fahad Fazil, son of acclaimed director Fazil, was honoured with the second best actor for his role in Chapa Kurishu, while N Ayisha was the second best actress for her role in Oomakuyil.

Aging superstars Mammootty, Mohanlal and Suresh Gopi missed the award rolls this time.

Kerala State Film Awards 2011: Complete Winners’ List

Best Actor: Dileep [Vellaripravinte Changathi]

Best Actress: Shweta Menon [Salt N’ Pepper]

Best Feature Film: Indian Rupee

Second Best Movie: Ivan Mekharoopan

Best Director: Blessy [Pranayam]

Most Popular Movie: Salt N’ Pepper

Best Supporting Male Actor: Fahad Fazil [Chappakurishu]

Best Supporting Female Actress : Nilambur Ayisha [Oormakkuyil Padumpol]

Best Child Artiste: Malavika [Oormakkuyil Padumpol]

Best Screenwriter: Bobby-Sanjay [Traffic]

Best Comedian: Jagathy Sreekumar

Best Male Singer: Sudeep Kumar [Rathinirvedam]

Best Female Singer: Shreya Ghoshal [Rathinirvedam]

Best Lyricist: Sreekumaran Thampi [Naayika]

Best Music Director: Sarath [Ivan Mekharoopan]

Best Background Music: Deepak Dev.