Malayalam movie industry is considered as one of the most finest movie industry of Indian cinema. Malayalam movies has got huge recognition in the world movie platform due to the brilliant movie makers, classic movies and last but not least, extremely fantastic actors. Unlike the actors from other Indian languages, the Malayalam actors are known for their extremely natural acting and the versatility of the roles they choose.
National Film Awards is the most prestigious platform of recognition for the movies. For an Indian actor, the National Film Award for Best Actor is the most prestigious coin of appreciation which he can ever get. The Best Award was won by 12 fantastic actors of Malayalam film industry. The first Malayalam actor who won the National Film Award for Best Actor was P J Antony for the movie, Nirmalyam, in year 1973.
P J Antony, Bharath Gopi, Balan K Nair, Premji, Mammootty, Mohanlal, Balachandra Menon, Suresh Gopi, Murali, Salim Kumar and Suraj Venjarammoodu are the 11 talented actors who won the National Film Award for Best Actor award from the Malayalam industry. Mammootty has made a record for winning the maximum number of awards in the same category. He has won the National Film Award for Best Actor thrice.