has been hailed as one of the finest movies made in Malayalam, due
to its story and also rendering. Therefore it was not a surprise
when Mohanlal's name was considered for the best actor award for
this movie at the 55th National Film Awards for 2007. His rendering
of Valiyakathu Moosa in Paradesi moved from the young age to old
age. However as luck would have Prakash Raj has walked away with
the award for his performance in the Priyadarshan directed Tamil
As per news source, it has been claimed by one of the close
associates of the Jury members, “Till the last round Mohanlal was
the front runner to get the awards. In the final round, he and
Prakash Raj got equal number of votes from the jury members.
Finally it was the jury chairman"s casting vote which made Prakash
However Pattanam Rasheed has won the award for the best make up
artiste for the very same movie Paradesi.