Malayalam film director, Priyanandanan is no stranger to national awards. His debut film Neythukaran won Murali a National Award for Best Actor in 2001.
And now, the filmmaker has struck pay dirt the second time around with his second film, Pulijanmam, which won a National Award for Best Film at the 54th National awards announced on Tuesday. Murali, incidentally is the protagonist of Pulijanmam as well.
It is after eight years that a Malayalam film is chosen as the best film in India. Jayaraj's Shantham was the last Malayalam film to win the National Award for Best Film, in 2000 (48th National awards).
Text: Meghna George
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