With Charlie drifting in and out of your conscience in the course of the movie, the news of the Kerala state Best Actor Award for Dulquar Salman -who plays the lead in the eponymous movie- too has a touch of the unreal to it.
And online Malayali trolls were not far behind to pick up the controversial scent. While Prithviraj and Jayasurya undoubtedly put in more commendable onscreen performances than Dulquar, it was Mammootty who was actually tipped to win the trophy this time around, according to trolling logic.
Not that actor Joy Mathew agrees, as he believes that the jury was simply trying to assuage its own feeling of guilt with just a special mention for overlooking his own â€˜benchmarkâ€™ â€“ as he himself chose to put it- performance in TV Chandranâ€™s â€˜Mohavalayamâ€™.
The trolls moved in fast for the kill with many pointing out that the jury seemed to have lost its basic functional ability to discern between the passable and the genius.
As Joy rightly pointed out the minimum basic requirement to be even considered for the Best Actor is that the actor should have a full-length role in the movie.
That the award was bestowed on an actor whose onscreen character simply flits in and out of the screen was adding insult to the injury, many feel.
Here are a couple of trolls going viral online: