August 28, 2008



The winner of 3 National Awards and 7 Kerala State Awards, this is none other than Malayalam megastar Mammootty.

Mammootty was born on September 7, 1950 as Muhammed Kutty at Chempu near Vaikom, Kottayam district, Kerala to Ismail and Fatima. He has two younger brothers, Ibrahim and Zakariah; and three sisters, Ameena, Sauda and Shafina. He studied at Maharaja’s College, Ernakulam and then studied law at Ernakulam Government Law College. He practiced as a criminal lawyer in Manjeri, Kerala for 2 years, before becoming active in film. He got married in 1980 to Sulfath and has a daughter, Surmi and a son, Dulquar Salman. His daughter, a graduate in fine-arts, got married to a US settled doctor. His grand son is Abhyan.



Mammootty is an actor who has acted in Malayalam, Tamil, Hindi and English. It was his childhood dream to act in a movie, become a great star, earn the love and respect of the people of his land and his country.

Mammootty’s histrionic talents cannot be judged by the common yardstick for natural emoting. He recreates! It comes as a result of deliberate effort and homework. True to the modernistic tradition, Mammootty embodies the spirit of true professionalism and like any other professional he accepts roles that his job demands of him – he plays characters that seem facile or undemanding along with roles that test his talents so naturally.

Rajamanikyam was a big hit in 2004. He acted with Padmapriya in this movie. Since then padmapriya has acted in 5 movies opposite Mammootty. Mammootty’s another big budget film released in the same year is Belram verses Tharadas. Hindi actress Kathrina Kaif was playing opposite Mammootty. However the film was not a commercial success.

No director would have any difficulty with Mammootty as the actor. Mammootty’s portrayals have etched an image of Mammootty, as Kunhalimarakar in my mind, an image reinterpreted by history, an image quite unlike the war hero. Such an interpretation comes easily to Mammootty far more easily than it does to any other Indian actor.

Mammootty film Pothan Vava is set to release for this Id Festival. Pothen Vava, directed by Joshy, tells the story of the relationship between Advocate Kurishummoottil Mariamma and his son, known as Pothan Vava. Pop singer Usha Uthup does the role of Advocate Mariamma while Mammootty plays the role of her son Vava. Others in the cast include Nedumudi Venu, Rajan P Dev, Kalasaala Babu, Sai Kumar, Salim Kumar, Shammi Thilakan, Sphadikam George, Gopika and Samvrutha Sunil. Pothan Vava is scripted by Benny P Nayarambalam. Sanjeev Shankar weilds the camera. Songs penned by Vayalar Sarath Chandra Varma are set to music by Alex Paul.

“Palunku” – Director Blessy brings out a middle-of-the-road film yet again where Mammootty plays a farmer, who migrates to the city to give his daughters better education. “Palunku” has surely struck the right chord with the audience.

Karutha Pakshikal

This film by Kamal should be termed one of the most honest films he has made. Like he himself said to rediff in an interview, it is a film made with least compromises. And, this sincerity shows in its content, presentation and performances.

Mammootty as a poor Tamilian who ekes out a living ironing clothes in a rich locality is superb. As a poor Tamilian ironing clothes in a city, we did not see Mammootty the star or even the actor; we only saw the character in Karutha Pakshikal — a class act.

Mammootty and Padmapriya are the leads in this movie. Along with Mammootty and Padmapriya, Jagathy Sreekumar, Salim Kumar, TG Ravi, Harisree Ashokan, Dinesh, Rajesh, Sraya, Arya, Reshmi Gopal, Sreekala, Sruthi Balachandran, Baby Malavika, Baby Suhaila, Master Thejus appears in Karutha Pakshikal. tells the story of Tamil migrant workers who reach Kerala to earn a living. In this movie, he delves into the colourless but dynamic life of these people whose strength is their determination to eke a living and their willingness to work hard.

Karutha Pakshikal is Kamal’s 37th film and the fourth with Mammootty. There are two songs sung by Jayachandran and Manjari under the music direction of Mohan Sithara. Produced by Kaladharan and Girijavallabhan under the banner of G. V Productions.

His latest releases are Sohan Seenulal’s Doubles, Jayaraj’s The Train and Babu Janardhanan’s 1993 Bombay, March 12. He is currently working on films like, Abhay Simha’s Kannada film Shikari, Shafi’s Venicile Vyaapari and Shaji Kailas’s The King and the Commissioner.

Mammootty Filmography

  • The King & the Commissioner
  • Cobra
  • Shikari
  • Venicile Vyaapari
  • Bombay March 12
  • The Train
  • Doubles
  • August 15
  • Best Actor
  • Best of Luck
  • Pranchiyettan and The Saint
  • Kutty Shranku
  • Pokkiri Raja
  • Pramaani
  • Yugapurushan
  • Drona 2010
  • Chattambinaadu
  • Paleri Manikyam
  • Kerala Cafe
  • Pazhassi Raja (2009, Malayalam – Cast: Mammootty, Sarath Kumar, Kanika, Padmapriya)
  • Chattambinadu(2009, Malayalam – Cast: Mammootty, Lakshmi Rai)
  • Parunthu(2008, Malayalam – Cast: Mammootty, Lakshmi Rai)
  • Annan Thampi (2008 – Cast: Mammootty, Gopika, Lakshmi Rai, Siddique, Janardhanan, Suraj Venjarammoodu, Salim Kumar and Harisree Asokan)
  • Mayavi (2007- Cast: Mammootty, Gopika, Saikumar, Salim Kumar, Manoj K. Jayan, Vijayaraghavan, Jagathi Sreekumar )
  • Karutha Pakshikal (2006- Cast: Mammootty, Padmapriya, Jagathi Sreekumar, Salim Kumar, Meena)
  • Palunku(2006-Cast: Mammootty, Lakshmi Lahari, Jagathi Sreekumar, Nedumudi Venu, Thampi Antony )
  • Kaiyoppu (2006- Cast: Mammootty, Mukesh, Khushboo, Neena Kurup, Mammukoya, Narayanan Nair)
  • Pothan Vava (2006- Cast: Mammootty, Nedumudi Venu, Usha Uthup, Bijukuttan, Gopika, Rajan P. Dev, Sphadikam George, Manian Pillai Raju, Saikumar, Samvrutha, Kalasala Babu)
  • Bhargavacharitham Moonnam Khandam (2006- Cast: Mammootty, Srinivasan, Padmapriya, Nikitha, Rahman, Saikumar, Salim Kumar, Jagadish, K.P.A.C. Lalitha)
  • Prajapathi (2006- Cast: Mammootty, Nedumudi Venu, Srinivasan, Aditi Rao, Sandhya, Saikumar, Seema, Siddique, Thilakan, Salim Kumar)
  • Balram vs. Tharadas (2006- Cast: Mammootty, Kunchako Boban, Katrina Kaif, Mukesh, Charmy, Srinivasan, Jagadish, Augustine, Saikumar, Johny, Siddique, Subair, Sadiq, T.P. Madhavan)
  • Thuruppu Gulan (2006- Cast: Mammootty, Sneha, Innocent, Jagathi Sreekumar, Cochin Hanifa, Harisree Asokan, Salim Kumar, Captain Raju, Raghu)
  • Bus Conductor (2005- Cast: Mammootty, Innocent, Harisree Asokan, Nikitha, Bhavana)
  • Rajamanikyam (2005 – Cast: Mammootty, Manoj K. Jayan, Rahman, Ranjith, Padmapriya, Raghu, Sindhu Menon, Saikumar, Suresh Krishna, Salim Kumar, Cochin Hanifa, Baburaj)
  • Rappakal (Mammootty, Nayanthara)
  • Raakshasa Raajavu (directed by Vinayan, Cast: Mammootty, Dileep, Kalabhavan Mani, Meena, Kavya Madhavan)
  • Dhruvam (1993: Cast: Mammooty, Gautami, Jayaram, Suresh Gopi, Rudra, T.G.Ravi)

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