Award Glory! Tovino Thomas crowned best actor on the world stage

Tovino Thomas won the Best Actor award at the 44th edition of the Fantasporto International Film Festival in Portugal for his captivating performance in the film 'Adrishya Jalakangal'

ByDileep V Kumar

Published Mar 10, 2024 | 6:11 PMUpdatedMar 10, 2024 | 6:12 PM

Tovino Thomas in Adrishya Jalakangal

Malayalam actor Tovino Thomas has created waves on the international stage by securing the Best Actor award at the 44th edition of the Fantasporto International Film Festival in Portugal.

He was recognised for his captivating performance in the Malayalam film Adrishya Jalakangal (Invisible Windows), directed by Dr Bijukumar Damodaran, known by the moniker Dr Biju.

The film festival took place at Batalha Centro De Cinema, Portugal from 1 to 10 March.

It aimed at screening and promoting films of quality, both aesthetically and thematically.

It was also meant to seek new forms and methods of filmmaking.

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‘Great to feel recognised’

Tovino Thomas' Instagram post.

Tovino Thomas’ Instagram post. (Screenshot)

In a social media post, Tovino said, “It’s feel recognized. Extremely honored and proud to have won the Best Actor award at the Fantasporto International Film Festival, in Portugal for ‘Adrishya Jalakangal’. Being so far from your turf and still receiving such a warm welcome and acknowledgment for the work is truly remarkable. [sic]”

The actor added, “What a wonderful chapter ‘Adrishya Jalakangal’ has been! I want to thank and congratulate everyone who was part of the movie, especially my director and producers for granting me this role. I wish the movie continued success. [sic]”

Set in an imaginary space, Adrishya Jalakangal, released in 2023, unfolds as an anti-war film within an imaginative realm, characterised by a multi-layered structure and surrealistic treatment.

The film, which offers a poignant reflection on the multifaceted impacts of conflict on the human experience, portrays it by examining various aspects of life, death, fear, hope, helplessness, love, hate, dreams, and sanity.

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