Thursday, 18 March 2010

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In Daddy Cool,Mammootty is going to play the role of father, who is also a Crime Branch police officer named Antony Simon. Model turned actress Richa Pallod is making her debut in Malayalam movie .She will play the role of wife to Mammootty as well as the mother to their seven year old son, Aadi Simon. This new film will be a directorial debut by Aashiq Abu, a former assistant of Kamal and will be produced by Alwin Antony.
The story is about the relationship between a Dad and son. They admire each other. All the foolishness done by the son is well supported by the dad and mother gets fed up with them.

Others in the cast are Indrajith, Kalabhavan Mani, Sai Kumar, Vijaya Raghavan, Babu Raj, Suraj, Anoop Chandran, Radhika, Lena etc and the camera will be handled by Sameer Thahir (BigB fame). Lyrics of the film were written by Anil Panachooran, Santhosh Varma and Venu where as the music was scored by Biji Bal.

Mammootty says politics not his cup of tea
Thiruvananthapuram, March 22 (IANS) Malayalam superstar Mammootty, who considers himself a “liberal Leftist”, has said that he was neither interested in entering politics nor predicting the election results as he is a busy actor and not a politician.

“Astrology is not my business and since I am not into politics, I will refrain myself from saying something that I don’t know. Ask me about my profession and I will reply,” Mammootty told IANS over phone from Kochi when asked about his views on the coming Lok Sabha polls.

“Let it be over and I will tell you,” he added on a lighter note.

Questions are often raised about the superstar entering politics as he is the chairman of Kairali TV, a channel promoted by the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

Mammootty, who is busy shooting for family entertainer “Daddy Cool” in Kochi, said three of his films are ready for release and he is equally upbeat about all three.
‘Pazhazzi Raja’, ‘Patanthil Bhootham’ and ‘Kutti Shranku’ are all different in treatment and the audience can expect a good experience. Similarly, my hands are full for the rest of the year too. So right now I am fully occupied and I do not have the time to think of anything else,” Mammootty said.

Mammmootty - Sibi Malayil team after 15 Years
Sagaram Sakshi was the last joint venture of Mammootty and Sibi. After fifteen years they are joining again. Other films of this team were Raareeram, Mudra, Thaniyaavarthanam, Vichaarana, August Onnu and Parampara.
The story of the new project is based on medical profession. Mammootty dons the role of a Doctor. Heroine has not yet been finalised. K.Gireesh Kumar has penned the script.

Mammootty - Ranjith team again : Palery Manikyam

Mammootty and Renjith teams up again with Palery Manikyam. After the success of romantic entertainer Thirakkatha, scenarist-turned-director Ranjith is back with Palery Manikyam, an investigative thriller. Mammootty is the hero, playing the role of a Delhi-based investigator who comes to Palery village to investigate a murder mystery.
This is the fifth time Mammootty is working with Ranjith. Earlier, they have been together for Black, Kaiyoppu, Prajapathy and Nasrani, of which Nasrani was not directed by Ranjith, but by veteran Joshy of Twenty:20 fame.
Palery Manikyam is based on a famous novel 'Palery Maanikyam - Oru Paathira Kolapathakathinte Katha' by T.P. Rajeevan, first published in Mathrubhumi as a weekly serial. This period film revolves around the infamous Manikyam murder case, which was in the news around five decades ago. Ranjith has already started picking up the cast and members for this project, which is expected to be very different.

Pattanathil Bhootham Stalled

Ee Pattanathil Bhootham, which has Mammootty playing the hero, was in trouble recently. This time it was van drivers of the Pollachi region. The van drivers in the Pollachi area in Tamil Nadu created a stir yesterday stalling the shooting of the Malayalam film E Pattanathil Bhootham. The van drivers in that area had been stressing that local cars and vans must be rented and no vehicles from outside should be permitted. However, the crew from Kerala did not heed to their requests and this was apparently the

cause for the rouse. On the intervention of the police and their assurance the van drivers were pacified. Following the incident the shooting resumed.

Uppukandam Brothers, Action Back
A sequel to the hit Malayalam movie Uppukandam Brothers is to be made with the name as Uppukandam Brothers, Action Back. Release and distribution will be done by a new company named Malayalam Big Screen . T.S. Suresh Babu, the director of first part will direct the second part as well. Reji Kumar is the producer. The screen play and dialogues are by Reji Mathew. Utpal V.Nayanar will wield the camera.

Mammooty is the hero. Others in the cast include Kalabhavan Mani, Mukesh, Sreenivasan, Innocent, Jagathy, Salim Kumar, Suraj Venjaramoodu, Harisree Asokan, Sai Kumar, Anoop Menon, Padmapriya, Bhama, Jagadheesh, Baiju and others. The shooting will start in Kottayam next month. \

Mammootty feels Malayalam films cannot win an Oscar

Malayalam superstar Mammootty expressed during his address at the mammoth reception held to honour Oscar Award winner Resul Poopkutty by Kerala Film Chamber of Commerce at Durbar Hall in Kochi that a Malayalam filmcan never win an Oscar. He said, “Malayalam cinema will never win an Oscar award. A movie running for Oscars should have a minimum of 15-day screening at New York and Los Angeles counties. Moreover, a foreigner judging the movie should understand Malayalam. If we’re delivering the dialogues in English, he should also be able to understand our English.”

PazhasiRaja to grace Independence Day
Malayalam superstar Mammootty's biopic magnum opus historical film Pazhassi Raja, directed by ace director Hariharan and scripted by literary giant M.T. Vasudevan Nair, is being dubbed in Tamil with the same title and has been scheduled to grace theatres across Tamil Nadu on August 15.

To be simultaneously released in Malayalam, Tamil,Telugu and Hindi, the movie, according to the makers, will be the biggest release ever in the history of South Indian cinema with more than 200 prints in the circuit.

Mammootty plays the title role of legendary ruler and warrior Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja, known to be the first freedom fighter of India, who took on the British in the forests of Malabar in the 18th century. The movie showcases his heroic fights against the British in the jungles of Wayanad during the 1790s.

Popular Tamil-Telugu actor Suman plays the villain, Pazhaiveetan Chandu and Tamil actor Sarath Kumar plays Edachena Kunkan, the chief lieutenant of Pazhassi Raja. This is Sarath Kumar's first appearance in
Malayalam. Thilakan dons the role of king Kurubranaad, who revolted and plotted against Pazhassi Raja. Jagathy Sreekumar dons the role of Kannara Menon, an employee of the British Government. Padmapriya and Kanihaa (also spelt Kanika) are the heroines.

Produced by Gokulam Gopalan under the banner of Gokulam Films, Pazhassi Raja is made with the biggest-ever budget for a Malayalam movie, rumoured to be more than 20 crores. Manoj K. Jayan, Peter Handley Evans and Harry Key play pivotal roles in the film which has music by maestro Ilayaraja and songs penned by poet O.N.V. Kurup.

Mammootty's Marriage life

Mammootty was born in Kottayam which is in Kerala Indian. Chemup which was located near Vaikom was his birth place. As the name itself suggest that Mammootty is a Muslim born to Ismail and Fatima and his father was practicing agriculture.

* Mammootty pursued his school education in Maharaja College which is famously located in Kochi. He then graduated in Law from the Ernakulam Government Law College. After receiving the law degree, Mammootty practiced law in the region of Manjeeri and excel a bit in it. Then the passion towards acting made him join the acting career.

* Malayalam hulk Mammootty is said to be away from any link ups with his heroines. He leads a married life with his wife Sulfath and the couple who married in the year 1980 and is blessed with two children. Surmi is the elder daughter of Mammootty who was recently married and Dulquar Salman is his son who is still pursuing his higher studies.

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Mammootty Biography

Mammootty, a lawyer by qualification but he always wanted to be an actor. Mammootty's first screen appearance was in 1971 in Anubhavangal Paalichakal, directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan. However his role was uncredited. He was a student at the Maharajas College then. In 1973, he got another role in Kalachakram, a Prem Nazir movie directed by K. Narayanan.

His professional film career began in 1979, when he played his first lead role in Devalokam, directed by M. T. Vasudevan Nair. However, this film was never released.

Vilkanundu Swapnangal, written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair and directed by M. Azad was Mammootty's first notable film. His roles in films like Mela by K.G. George where he played a Circus artist, and Thrishna , directed by I.V. Sasi got him noticed. His first super hit film as a hero was Thrishna, released in 1981. After the success of Thrishna, Mammootty and I.V. Sasi together created many hits such as Aavanazhi and Inspector Balram.

The role of a police officer in the investigative thriller Yavanika (1982) directed by K. G. George cemented his position as a hero in Malayalam cinema. The film was a big commercial success and Mammootty's role got rave reviews for its style and dialogue delivery. This was the beginning of a trend whereby Mammootty would play the role of a tough cop in many action and investigative thrillers in the coming years.

In 1981, he got his first award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Ahimsa.

The period 1982-1984 saw Mammootty evolve into a commercially viable hero in mainstream Malayalam cinema, Padmarajan’s Koodevide and Joshy’s Aa Raathri were highly successful in the box office. His performances in films like Aalkootathil Thaniye and Adiyozhukkukal, scripted by M.T.Vasudevan Nair established him as an actor of substance. Mammooty was noted for his controlled acting, never crossing the limits, and his presentation of M. T.’s dialogues, which were always pregnant with meaning.

In a period of five years from 1982 to 1986 Mammootty acted in more than 150 films as the hero. During this period, Mammooty managed the rare distinction of appearing as the hero in an astonishing 35 movies released in a single year, 1986.

His role as Karunan in Adiyozhukkukal directed by I.V. Sasi, written by M. T. got him the Best Actor State Award and Filmfare Award. Mammootty won the State special jury award and best actor Filmfare award for Yathra directed by Balu Mahendra. The film proved to be one of the best in Mammootty's career. In 1985, his role as Ravi Varma in Nirakkoottu, directed by Joshy, penned by Dennis Joseph got much acclaim and also created box office history.

For a short while during mid 80's, Mammooty saw a decline in his career. Many of his films during this period saw him portraying very stereotypical roles as a familyman or a businessman.

Mammootty made a comeback with New Delhi and Thaniyavarthanam, both released in 1987. New Delhi was a very important movie in his life as an actor. The film was loosely based on the novel, "The Almighty" by Irving Wallace. His portrayal of a victimized journalist, who systematically took revenge on politicians who flattered him, was noticed and well accepted by the masses. Meanwhile, his role as Balan mash in Thaniyavarthanam, written by Lohithadas and directed by Sibi Malayil, was critically acclaimed.

In 1988 Mammootty delivered one of the biggest hits in the history of Malayalam Cinema with his Oru CBI Diary Kurippu. Oru CBI Diary Kurippu went on to create box-office history in Kerala as well as in Tamil Nadu. Mammootty's role as a CBI officer in this film got him critical acclaim. Following the success of the first CBI film Oru CBI Diary Kurippu, three more murder mystery sequels were produced with the same cast of characters: Jagratha (1989), Sethurama Iyer CBI (2004) and Nerariyan C.B.I (2005), all directed by K Madhu, penned by S.N. Swamy with Mammootty as Sethurama Iyer, an intelligent but unassuming CBI officer. The films by M.T. Vasudevan Nair and Padmarajan, arguably among the best of Malayalam writer-directors, widened Mammootty's acting horizon. Two of M.T. Vasudevan Nair’s films with autobiographical elements were acted by Mammootty. One was Aksharangal directed by I.V. Sasi and the other was Sukrutham directed by Harikumar.

Mammootty touched the pinnacle of his career in Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha; the film was directed by T.Hariharan and penned by M.T.Vasudevan Nair. His depiction of a Chekavar (mercenary warrior) of distinguished valor but vilified by circumstances won him the National Film Award for Best Actor. Along with the huge commercial success of the film, Mammooty was given rave reviews about his lead role in the film, which required heavy physical and phsychological preparations. Mammootty's performance in Mathilukal directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan was also considered for the award. His role as a hunter Varunni in Mrugaya, directed by I.V. Sasi, and another film Mahayanam, was also scanned for the State Award. Mammootty won the Filmfare award for Amaram directed by Bharathan. He played the role of an uneducated fisherman who dreams of making his only daughter a doctor.

During this time, Mammootty appeared in many of the films directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan's. He starred in three of his films, Anantharam ('Thenceforth'), Mathilukal ('Walls') and Vidheyan ('The Servile'). His portrayal of the protagonist in Mathilukal (based on 'Mathilukal', a novel by the ace Malayalam novelist Vaikom Muhammad Basheer) was instrumental in getting him his first National Film Award for Best Actor. Mammootty also portrayed the roles in Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Vidheyan and TV Chandran's Ponthan Mada. He received the National Film Award for Best Actor and State Award for his roles in both films. His performance in Valtsalyam directed by Cochin Haneefa was also considered for the State Award. The King, scripted by Renji Panikkar, was released in 1995 and was directed by Shaji Kailas. Mammootty played the central character as a District collector and it turned out to be the biggest hit of the year.

Mammootty won his third National Film Award for Best Actor for Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar, an English language movie about the life of Ambedkar, directed by Jabbar Patel[14]Sponsored by National Film Development Corporation of India and the Ministry of Social Justice, the film was released after a long and controversial gestation period.

Mammootty's commercial hits in early 2000 include Chronic Bachelor(2003) and Sethurama Iyer CBI(2004). Mammootty won the State Best Actor Award for his potrayal of Operator Madhavan in Kazhcha, which did well at box-office too. Mammootty’s career graph raised spectacularly after the release of Rajamanikyam directed by debutant Anwar Rasheed. Released during Ramadan 2005, the movie broke all collection records and became the biggest hit of 2005. Rajamanikyam was also touted as the biggest hit of all time ever produced in the Malayalam cinema. In 2006, Mammootty continued his success with the film Thuruppugulan.

Mammootty's action comedy Mayavi became the top grosser of 2007. His portrayal of Dr.Nathan in Shyamaprasad's Ore Kadal(2007) was critically acclaimed. In 2008, Mammootty delivered another blockbuster Annan Thambi. The film released in 75 centres across the state and completed 50 days in nearly 61 centres. Also, his recent movie "Mayabazaar" holds the record for highest channel right collecting film in Malayalam Film Industry, by selling the channel right for 1.3 crores. The record breaks his own record of 1.1 crores for the film Annan Thambi.

Beyond boundaries

Mammootty had crossed the boundaries of Malayalam cinema and acted in Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and English films. in 1989, he made his Tamil debut in Maunam Sammatham, directed by K. Madhu . He has acted in Tamil films with front-line directors of the industry like K. Balachander(Azhagan) and Mani Ratnam(Thalapathy). His performance along with Tamil Superstar Rajinikanth in Thalapathi made him a favorite among the Tamil audience followed by a string of interesting films in Tamil. Fazil directed Kilippechu Kekkavaa(1993) had mammootty in his rarest avatar of a romantic hero. In 1995 Mammootty had a surprise blockbuster in the form of R.k.selvamani directed Makkal Aatchi. In Kandukondain Kandukondain, directed by Rajiv Menon, his performance as Captain Bala opposite Aishwarya Rai was considered the showstealer despite a big cast including Ajithkumar, Tabu and Aishwarya Rai. Aanandam directed by N. Linguswamy had Mammootty in the role of a family man.

Mammootty has acted in few forgettable films in Tamil . Puthayal(1996) (a film on treasure hunt), Junior-Senior(2002)(a love triangle), Viswatulasi (2004)(a mature love story) were all made with impressive starcast but were critical and commercial disasters.

He made his foray into Hindi films through Thriyathri in [1989]. However, his maiden Bollywood film as hero, Dhartiputra went unnoticed., nonetheless made his presence felt on the national level with the biographical film on Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar directed by Jabbar Patel. Mammootty's Sau Jhooth Ek Sach won critical acclaim but the film didn't do well at the box office. Mammootty's Telugu film Swathi Kiranam an offbeat venture was well received by the audience and critics.

About Mammootty

Pet Name:Mammookka
Address:Mammootty 7 Greenways Rd. Extn. Raja Annamalaipuram. Chennai-28.
Date of Birth:7th September 1953
Family:Wife - Sulfaath, Daughter: Surmi, Son: Dulquar Salman
Debut Film:Anubhavangal Palichakal (1971)(Malayalam)

Mammootty as Muhammed Kutty at Chempu near Vaikom, Kottayam (district, Kerala) is a popular Indian film actor. He has acted in more than 300 films, which is most of them in Malayalam cinema. He is the recipient of 4 National film awards for Best Actor, five State awards and 5 Film fare awards in the “best actor” category. He was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 1998 and he is called as the Super Star of Malayalam Cinema along with Mohanlal. Mammootty is rated as one of the talented actors in Indian film industry. He is also the current Chairman of TV channel Kairali.

He was born to Ismail (an agriculturist) and Fatima (a homemaker). Mammootty has two younger brothers, Ibrahim and Zakariah; and three sisters, Ameena, Sauda and Shafina. Mammootty received his education from Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam and then studied law at Ernakulam Government Law College. It was during his days at Maharajah’s that Mammootty got his first role in Anubhavangal Paalichakal (1971). He practised as a lawyer in Manjeri, Kerala for two years. He got married in 1980 to his wife, Sulfath, and has a daughter, Surmi and a son, Dulquar Salman.

Mammootty first film as an actor, Devalokam (World of Gods), was not released in theatres. Famous writer and auteur M. T. Vasudevan Nair and Film director K. G. George played an important part in his career. Mammootty’s talent was noticed in films like Vilkanundu Swapnangal directed by M T Vasudevan Nair and films like Mela and Yavanika, by K.G George.

mammootty.jpgOne thing that sets him apart from his contemporaries is the fact that from the beginning itself, he has been able to treat both art-house cinema and commercial potboilers with ease. He made his mark during the early period of his career itself by enacting roles in films of stalwarts like M. T. Vasudevan Nair, K.G. George, Padmarajan, P.N. Menon, and Bharathan. Later on his talent was utilized by internationally renowned directors like Adoor Gopalakrishnan, T. V. Chandran, and Pavithran. Mammootty was a regular in movies of Harikumar, Mohan, et al. The movies by M.T. Vasudevan Nair and Padmarajan, arguably among the best of Malayalam writer-directors, widened Mammootty’s acting horizon.

It may be mentioned that two of M.T. Vasudevan’s movies which bear his autobiographical elements were enacted by Mammootty - Aksharangal and Sukrutham (Harikumar).

The film New Delhi, directed by Joshy, was a turning point in his career and the film was based on the novel, “The Almighty” by Irving Wallace. The hero’s portrayal of a victimized journalist, who systematically took revenge on politicians who beguiled him, was noticed and well accepted well by the masses. By then he had achieved superstardom.

His, Oru CBI Diary kurippu, was also a major landmark in the history of Malayalam Cinema. It brought to fore a new concept of an investigative thriller, fresh presentation of politicians and above all a refreshing idea of the hero.The film went on to create box-office history in Kerala.

mammootty-12.jpgFollowing the success of the first CBI film three more murder mysteries sequels were produced with the same cast of characters: Jaagrutha (1989), Sethurama Iyer CBI (2004) and Nerariyan C.B.I (2005, all directed by K Madhu, with Mammootty as Sethurama Iyer, an efficient but unassuming CBI officer.

He touched the pinnacle of his career in [[Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha]] (roughly translated as ‘A northern heroic folklore’), again an M. T. Vasudevan Nair creation. His depiction of a Chekavan of distinguished velour but vilified by circumstances won him the top honors of the country, National Award for best acting. His histrionics matched the literary genius of M. T. in each and every minute detail.

It was his acting talent, coupled with his willingness to go to any extent to rationally portray the roles that enabled him to act in both offbeat and commercial movies.

He became almost a regular face in Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s films. Mammootty starred in three of his movies, Anantharam(’Thenceforth’), Mathilukal(’Walls’) and Vidheyan (’The Servile’) and the easiness with which he illustrated on screen the protagonist in Mathilukkal(based on Mathilukal, a novel by the Malayalam literary genius Vaikom Muhammad Basheer) was also instrumental in getting him his first National Award for Best Actor. His performance in two commercially off-beat movies, Ponthan Mada by TV Chandran, and Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Vidheyan won him the award for the second time. His performance in “Ambedkar”, an English movie by Jabbar Patel, won him the National award for a third time. Mammootty is also a recipient of Padma Shri, one of the highest civilian awards in India.

Mammootty had briefly crossed the boundaries of Malayalam cinema and acted in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi films. Though he proved that only a moderate success in Tamil after Mani Ratnam’s Thalapathi, his fan following is on par with other Tamil film stars. Mammootty’s notable successes in Tamil include Anandam by Linguswamy and Kandukondain Kandukondain by Rajiv Menon. Unfortunationaly however, his maiden Hindi film, Dhartiputra went unnoticed. Mammootty, nonetheless made his presence felt on the national level with the biographical film on Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Directed by Jabbar Patel.

All though he has been criticised as unable to portray comic roles, his latest movies Rajamanikyam, Thommanum Makkalum, and Thuruppugulan gave a fitting reply to critics. He, though a hugely popular star, is an exception in Indian films where dancing skills have to be a necessary part of an actor’s repertoire but the emotion and the depth that he lends to his characters makes him a well revered actor and makes up for his shortcomings.

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Mammootty Awards

Mammootty was awarded the Padma Shri in 1998, for his contributions to the Indian Cinema.

* 1981 "Ahimsa" (Supporting Actor)
* 1984 "Adiyozhukkukal" (Actor)
* 1985 "Yathra", "Nirakkoottu" (Special Award)
* 1989 "Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha", "Mathilukal"
* 1994 "Vidheyan", "Pothanmada" (Actor)
* 2004 "Kazhcha" (Actor)


* 1989 "Mathilukal", "Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha"
* 1993 "Vidheyan", "Pothanmada"
* 1999 "Dr. Ambedkar"


* 1984 "Adiyozhukkukal"
* 1985 "Yathra", "Nirakkoottu"
* 1990 "Mathilukal"
* 1991 "Amaram"
* 1997 "Boothakannadi"
* 2004 "Kazhcha" (Actor)


* V. Shantaram Award (Movie : Dr. Ambedkar)
* Asia Pacific Merlian Award
* Cinema Express (Various Movies, years)
* Ramu Karyat Award
* Screen Award