Veteran Malayalam actress Sheela was honoured with prestigious J C Daniel Award for her contributions to Malayalam Cinema field. She is only the second woman to win this award after Aranmula Ponnamma (in 2005).
J C Daniel Award :
It is Kerala government’s highest honour for outstanding contribution to Malayalam cinema. It is named after J C Daniel, who is credit for making first silent movie in Mollywood (Malayalam Film Industry). The award comprises of a citation, plaque and a cash prize of ₹5 Lakh. The annual award will be given away on 27 July 2019 at a function in Kerela. This year’s jury was chaired by renowned filmmaker K.S. Sethumadhavan.
S Sheela :
She is popularly called as Sheelamma by her admirers. Veteran actress debuted during early 1960s with Tamil movie Paasam. Later in 1962 she began her career in Malayalam with movie Bhagyajathakam directed by P. Bhaskaran. Since then she has been Malayalam cinema’s sweetheart for a couple of decades. She scripted history as being first recipient of ‘best actress’ award instituted by the Kerala government fir her 1969 movie “Kallichellamma“.