Mohanlal is extremely happy about Peter Hein winning the National Award
The jury headed by veteran filmmaker Priyadarshan announced the 64th National Film Awards yesterday. Unlike last year, regional movies sweeped awards in most of the categories. Malayalam cinema won seven awards including the best actress award.
Superstar Mohanlal was honoured with the Special Jury award for his performance in Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol, Janatha Garage and Pulimurugan.
Talking to the media after winning the award, Mohanlal said, “I am very happy that commercial movies are also considered for National awards. Though the movies considered for the award included a Telugu movie Janatha Garage, it is a recognition to Malayalam cinema.”
Mohanlal’s Pulimurugan also won the award for best stunt choreography for Peter Hein. This is the first time that the jury has included the award for an action choreographer and Mohanlal is elated that Peter Hein won it. He said,
“I am extremely happy for Peter Hein in fact happier than him. He got several awards in other languages. He did a great job in Pulimurugan,” Mohanlal said.
According to the jury, Pulimurugan and Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay were in a tight competition for the action choreography. Peter Hein won the award as the action choreography for Shivaay was done by a foreigner.
Peter Hein is one of the nation’s leading action choreographers. Some of his best works include Enthiran, Magadheera and the Baahubali series. He has also been roped in for Mohanlal’s upcoming movies Villain and Odiyan.