‘Is there any real competition for Mampoti?’ Or ‘Who are all vying for Best Actor Award with Mammootty?’: Many of the media reports did similar titles before the 66th National Film Awards were announced on Friday.
With all the critics praising him as the father of a disabled child in Peranbu Mammootty, the actor was considered a strong contender for the top honour. But Ayushmann Khurrana and Vicky Kaushal, who shared the Best Actor award, have not gone down well with Malayalam superstars fans, many of whom are getting absurd and making all kinds of comments on social networking sites. He also created hashtags like #justiceformammootty and #peranmbudeservesit, questioning the jury’s verdict, with a lot of ‘hate mail’ sent directly to the jury behind the 2019 National Film Awards.
Disturbed by the online attacks, Jury Chairman Rahul Rawal posted online that he had sent a direct message to Mammurthy to stop his fans from continuing their protest.
“The message sent by me, as the chairman of the 66th NFA jury, to Mammootty: ‘Hi Mr.Mammootty. There has been a lot of’ Hat Mail ‘, too bad, that I Fans, or the so-called fan club, have not received the National Award as Best Actor for Why You Film ‘Peranbu’. Let me set the record straight: First, NOBODY is entitled to a jury verdict. Secondly, your film ‘Parambu’ was rejected by the regional panel and hence did not conflict in the central group. Your fans and devotees should stop fighting for a lost cause. Never ask a jury question! ( sic) “he posted online.
Mr Rawal soon received an answer from the actor apologizing for the behaviour of his fans, which was also shared by the chairman of the jury: “Reply to Mammtoli: ‘Sorry sir. I have no idea about this. Then I also apologize for what had happened ‘.
Following Maimotti’s response, many expressed their displeasure at the ‘partisan decision’ about how the likes of Peranbu and Periyuram Perumal missed the list of award-winning films. Fans also made trolls mocking the jury’s criteria, alleging that they were based on religion, ‘leaving a comment as a citizen can also question the Honorable President of India. ‘Worst jury in the history of the Indian National Film Awards’. Some went a step further and published the entire filmography of Rawal and asked him about his contribution to Indian cinema compared to the three-time National Award-winning actor.
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