On July 21, at the PR Chamber in Thiruvananthapuram, the Minister of Cultural Affairs, Saji Cheriyan, announced the results of the 53rd Kerala State Film Awards. The nominees and the public experienced a mix of joy and disappointment following the announcement. While films like "Nanpakal Nereth Mayakkum" and "Nna Thaan Case Kodu" received several accolades at the ceremony, the widely popular film "Malikappuram" was overlooked, leading to disappointment among the masses. Many expressed their frustration on social media when the film failed to win any awards. Actor Sarath Das also voiced his discontent, particularly regarding the lack of recognition for the film's child artist, Devananda, and her performance at the awards.
Sarath Das took to Facebook and expressed his displeasure regarding the situation. He penned a heartwarming note for Devananda, admiring her performance, and also posted a picture with her. He wrote, “Congratulations to all the winners. To the daughter of Tanmaya. You have won the hearts and minds of millions of Malayalis. I have already given you the award with my mind and heart, daughter."
There was a high level of expectation among the audience for Devananda, who portrayed the character of Kalyani in Malikappuram. Her performance received a great response from the audience and astounded everyone with her incredible acting abilities. People loved her way of displaying levels of emotional depth and grace that seemed almost impossible for someone of her age. But sadly, the actress couldn’t win an award at the Kerala State Film Awards.