News18 paid respect to those Malayalis who brought Kerala to the global limelight with their vibrant contributions. The state chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan was conferred the Malayali of the year award, for his distinctive steps in various avenues. Surabhi was picked to be honored as Malayali of the year from the film and drama section. Writer M.T. Vasudevan Nair and actor Madhu were conferred with lifetime achievement awards. Governor P. Sadashivam distributed the title awards to the recipients.