National Film Awards jury is reportedly not impressed with the Malayalam cinema of 2014. Dr N Gopalakrishnan, who was a jury member of 62nd National Film Awards, revealed the news in the interview given to Manorama online.
According to Dr Gopalakrishnan, the Malayalam movies which entered the National Award platform of the year, lacked strong themes and innovative experiments; unlike the last few years. He points out the same as the reason for Bangalore Days not winning the Best Popular Movie award.
He brushed off the rumours which suggested that the jury avoided Malayalam cinemas, upon the pressure of jury of Jury Chairman, director Bharathiraja. Dr Gopalakrishnan states that the jury members jointly decided each award.
Earlier, Mammootty and Jayasurya had entered the final round of Best Actor award; but lost it to Sanchari Vijay. Ottal, the movie which won the awards for Best Movie On Environmental Conservation, lost the Best Feature Film award to Marathi movie, The Court.
How Old Are You, directed by Roshan Andrews was not even considered for the National Awards; to the much disappointment of Manju Warrier fans. Dulquer Salmaan was expected to receive a special jury mention for his performance in Ranjith directed Njaan.
But according to Dr N Gopalakrishnan, Manju Warrier's performance in How Old Are You is just average and doesn't deserve a National Award nomination. He opined the same about Dulquer Salmaan's performance in Njaan as well.