Representatives of Tamil filmdom have expressed frustration over the choices of National Awards 2019 for neglecting more deserving Tamil films.
Producer-distributor and national award-winning writer Dhananjayan Govind expressed his resentment saying: "I feel there's no significant jury representation from Tamil cinema this year and that's the reason nobody fought for it”.
The fact that the jury overlooked Malayalam star Mammootty's towering performance from Tamil film Peranbu has received a lot of flak on social media. Instead, Ayushmann Khurrana for Andhadhun and Vicky Kaushal for Uri: The Surgical Strike have shared the Best Actor award. Hard fans of Mammootty took to social media on Friday and unleashed widespread attack on Jury members for neglecting their beloved superstar’s performance.
Finally, irked by the hate mails from Mammootty’s fans, jury chairman Rahul Rawail took to his social media page and posted: "Message sent by me, as Chairman of the Jury of 66th NFA, to Mammooty: ‘Hi Mr.Mammoty. There has been a lot of ‘hate mail’, that too 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’. 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! (sic)". Later, the three-time National award-winning actor promptly apologised for the nasty behavior of his fans.
Also, Shankar's 2.0, which featured spectacular visual effects, lost to Kannada magnum-opus KGF and it came as a sheer disappointment for Rajnikanth's fans.
Sound designer Raja Krishnan's award for his re-recording of the final mixed track for Rangasthalam, Keerthy Suresh's Best Actress award for Mahanati, and stunt choreographer duo Anbariv's riveting work in KGF turned out to be the the only solace for Tamil cinephiles.
In the years, where better jury representation happened, Tamil had scooped awards in en bloc. For example, in the years 2001 and 2011 Tamil cinema scooped eleven and thirteen awards respectively.