National Film Award is doubtlessly the most prestigious award of the country. When it comes to Malayalam movies, the industry has always been in the top league of National Film Awards, with the highest number of award and recognitions.
Malayalam movie industry holds several awards in the National Film Awards category; including the record for receiving the highest number of Best Actor, Second Best Actress and Best Singer Male trophies (Mammootty, KPAC Lalitha and K J Yesudas).
Another record held by the industry is the second highest number of Best Director. Adoor Gopalakrishnan, the Malayali director has won 5 awards in the category. The industry is in the third position when it comes to Best Feature Film award, with 11 trophies.
National Film Awards consist of a special category for the Best Regional Feature Films. The award is given to the Best Movies from 16 regional languages, including Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi, Telugu etc. Neelakuyil, the classic movie jointly directed by P Bhaskaran and Ramu Kariat, was the first film to win the award.
In last 10 years, some exceptional films which earned both critical acclaims and boxoffice success, won the award in Best Malayalam Feature Film category. Interestingly, Prithviraj is the only actor who has been a part of more than one award winning movie. 5 Prithviraj starrer films have won the award in last 10 years.
Check out the slides to know about the award winning movies from 2004-2014...
Akale, directed by Shyamaprasad, had Prithviraj and Geethu Mohandas in the lead roles.
Thanmathra, directed by Blessy, has Mohanlal in the central role.
Drishtantham is directed by M P Sukumaran Nair, with Murali in the lead role.
Ore Kadal (2007)
Ore Kadal is directed by Shyamaprasad, with Mammootty and Meera Jasmine in the leads.
Thirakkatha, directed by Ranjith, had Prithviraj, Priya Mani, Anoop Menon and Samvritha Sunil in the lead roles.
Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja (2009)
Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja is directed by Hariharan with Mammootty in the title role.
Veettilekkulla Vazhi (2010)
Veettilekkulla Vazhi, directed by Dr Biju, had Prithviraj and Indrajith in the lead roles.
Indian Rupee (2011)
Indian Rupee is directed by Ranjith, with Prithviraj in the lead role and Thilakan in a pivotal role.
Celluloid, directed by Kamal, had Prithviraj in the role of the Father of Malayalam cinema, J C Daniel.
North 24 Kaatham (2013)
North 24 Kaatham, directed by Anil Radhakrishnan Menon, had Fahadh Faasil in the central role.
Ain is directed by actor-director Siddharth Siva, with Musthaffa in the lead role.