Fans of actor Mammootty and filmmakers from Kerala and Tamil Nadu have called out the National Film Awards jury for overlooking films such as Peranbu and Pariyerum Perumal this year. Jury member Rahul Rawail, in turn, has alleged that Mammootty’s fans have been trolling him incessantly. Angered by this trolling, Rawail, who is the chairman of the National Film Awards Jury, has also said that the Malayalam superstar lost out on the Best Actor award for the Tamil film Peranbu, because it never went past the regional panel.
the national awards were announced, angry Mammootty fans attacked Rawail on Facebook using hashtags such as #justiceformammootty and #peranmbudeservesit. Subsequently, Rawail, posted on Facebook a message he claimed to have sent to the actor, urging him to keep his fans on check.