The annual North American Film Awards (NAFA) are the biggest platform for celebrating and gathering people from all over North America to honor talent in the field of South Indian cinema. NAFA is the only such movie award ceremony to be organized in North America covering the South Indian diaspora in the region. Freedia Entertainment organizes these award functions. NAFA’s journey started with its July 2016 edition, which was one of a kind featuring the most popular all-time favorites from the Malayalam movie industry covering the 99-year period of 1907-2016. The worldwide telecast was done by Flowers Channel. Freedia Entertainment will organize the third edition – NAFA 2018 which will take place in July 2018 in New York and Toronto in association with Malu Entertainment Group. The coming together of Freedia Entertainment and Malu Entertainment Group in organizing this Mega Show is a watershed moment in North American showbiz event management, bringing on stage a galaxy of top-notch entertainers from the world of Malayalam Cinema and Music. A cross-section of South Indian movie celebrities (listed below) have confirmed to participate in the variety entertainment extravaganza along with prestigious sponsors. The program will be telecast on popular TV channels worldwide.
Malu Entertainment Group (MEG) is dedicated to organizing quality stage shows for Malayalees across North America. We present a variety of cultural programs from “God's Own Country” to USA and Canada and promote local cultural programs from Kerala – plays and dance and music recitals.
Biju Kattathara – known affectionately as “BK,” in his close circles – is president of MEG. A music aficionado who, in the early 1990s, came to Toronto, where he is an IT professional, BK works closely with a number of cultural organizations in Canada on a range of sports, cultural and community activities in and around Toronto. He was the first Canadian to organize shows across North America that featured big names from Mollywood, the Malayalam film industry. BK’s show "Kathodu Kathoram - A Melodious American Summer with Ousephachan” was MEG’s most popular music performance of 2010. It was the first ever film celebrity show led by a music director and held successfully in all the major cities of USA and Canada. In May 2012, MEG and AsiaNet, USA jointly organized “The American Thriller Express,” a show that ran to packed audiences at a record 17 venues in USA and Canada.
In 2013, again with AsiaNet, USA, MEG featured Malayalam superstar Bharat Suresh Gopi in the extravaganza “American Dreams,” a megahit in US show history. In 2016, MEG organized another megahit show, “Mollywood Jollywood,” led by Indrajit, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Mamta Mohandas and others. The show ran at 16 venues in USA and Canada. MEG marked another historic milestone in July 2016 when it organized the FOKANA International Malayalam Cine Awards (popularly known as FIMCA), for FOKANA (Federation of Kerala Associations in North America), which was the first film awards function ever organized in North America. Around 40 celebrities came over from Mollywood for the award function including Bharat Suresh Gopi, Dileep, Lal Jose, Vijay Yesudas, Mamta, Jojo and others.