National awards and Priyanandanan go hand in hand.
His debut film Neythukaran won Murali a National Award for Best Actor in 2001. His second film, Pulijanmam, won the National Award for Best Film last year.
He is currently in the process of making Sufi Paranja Kadha (The story told by Sufi) based on writer K P Ramanunni's novel of the same title. The shooting of the film has just been completed at various locations near Ottappalam in northern Kerala.
The story, which is set during the British Raj, is being narrated by a Sufi or a Muslim mystic.
Also Read: One more love story for Siddharth