Fans of Mammootty, who were disappointed after the actor was not selected for National Award for his performance in Ram-directed ‘Peranbu’, sent a lot of hate mails to Chairman of the jury of the 66th National Film awards, Rahul Rawail.
Following this, Rawail posted this on Facebook: “Hi Mr.Mammotty. There has been a lot of ‘hate mail’, that to extremely nasty, that I have been receiving from your fans, or so called fan clubs, as to why you were not given the National Award as Best Actor for the film Peranbu.”
He added: “Let me set the record straight: Firstly, NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO QUESTION A JURY DECISION. Secondly, your film ‘Peranbu’ had been REJECTED by the Regional Panel and hence did not contend in the Central Panel. Your fans and/or devotees should stop fighting a lost cause. Never question a Jury!”
He later posted the following as as the “reply from Mammootty”: “Sorry sir .I have no knowledge about it Still I apologize for what had happened.”
‘Peranbu’, which is about a father (Mammootty) and his 14-year-old daughter, who is suffering from the spastic, had its world premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam on 27 January 2018, and had the Asian premiere at the Shanghai International Film Festival, China on 17 June.