The Malayalam industry as a whole is now on clod nine after Suraj Venjaramoodu got his first National Award for Best Actor. Though it is a proud moment for the industry, it might be a quite disappointment for some other actors in the industry as they had rejected playing the same role when it was offered to them!
Yes, if reports are to be believed, Dr Biju, director of Perariyathavar had first approached Dileep to play the role in the film. He had agreed to do the film then. Then it was the worst moment for Biju as he had to keep on disturbing Dileep to start the shooting of the film.
Dileep, who was too busy then,kept on postponing the shoot of the film for various reasons. Dr Biju claims that Dileep delayed the film till one and a half years when finally he said that he wont be able to do the movie.
It was more like a shock to Biju when Dileep suddenly quit the film. Then, he approached Jayaram. But, he had already committed Kamal's Nadan by then and could not commit to this film. It is reported that Biju even approached Jayasurya but, the actor too was too busy to commit this movie.
Finally, Dr Biju approached Suraj Venjaramoodu and he readily agredd to do the film. Biju says that he was indeed very surprised to see Suraj's acting. One of the National Award jury commented that Suraj's acting reminded him of Mohanlal!
Now, Perariyathavar has created a history in Malayalam cinema once again and it is indeed a great loss for some actors who unfortunately could not become a part of this flick!