Mohanlal's performance as a visually challenged in Priyadarshan directed Oppam, was one of the biggest hope for the actor in the race for National Film Awards for Best Actor. But now the movie has been pulled out from the race. This was following Priyadarshan getting named as the jury chairman for the National Film Awards. But, the superstar fans need not lose hope as Mohanlal starrer, Pulimurugan, Munthirivallikal Thalirkkumbol and Manamantha are still in the race. On a different note, the jury headed by Priyadarshan will start watching the selected movies from March 16.