Thursday, 13 January 2011


Mammootty is the superstar of Malayalam cinema and also a chairman of the Malayalam Communications running TV channels like Kairali TV, People TV, and WE TV.

This versatile actor was born on 7th September 1953 in Chempu, Travancore-Cochin, India. He was born as Muhammed Kutty Ismail Paniparambil to an agriculturist Ismail and Fatima. He has two younger brothers, Ibrahim and Zakariah as well as three sisters, Ameena, Sauda and Shafina.

He completed his schooling from Maharajas College, Kochi and then pursued a course in law at Ernakulam Government Law College. For two years he practiced law in Manjeri. In 1980, he married Sulfath and has two children, Sulfath and Dulquar Salman.

Mammootty holds the position of Chairman at the Malayalam Communications. He owns a production company named Megabytes and has produced one of the most famous serials of the Malyalam television, Jwalayay. He has his own distribution company named Mammootty Technotainment which distributed his Tamil movie Karmegham in Kerala.

He is not just an actor but a writer also. Kazhchapadu was his first novel and he continued writing for other publications too.

Mammootty's Humanitarian Activities
Pain and Palliative Centre is a charitable organization in Kerala which aims at helping the cancer patients to live life in a better way. He is the patron of this organisation.

Jeevan Jothi is a social work project which aims at providing the best treatment to people suffering from ophthalmic diseases, heart orthopedic diseases, liver diseases, renal dysfunctions, haemophilia, and ENT disorders. Mammootty is the ambassador for this social project.

Street India Movement is a charity project to remove child begging and child labor from society. The actor is the goodwill ambassador of this movement.

Kazhcha-free eye care and treatment, was maintained by Mammootty Fans Welfare Association & Mammootty Times, along with Little Flower Hospital & Research Centre and Eye Bank Association of Kerala to provide free eye treatment and cataract surgeries to poor people.

He donated food and supplies during Onam to the people of Parathodu, a village in Kottayam district after an outbreak of chikangunya.

Mammootty and M.A.Yusuf Ali, a Dubai-based businessman discussed with the Dubai Internet City (DIC) about the  Smart City project to be set up in Kochi.

Mammootty is the Goodwill Ambassador of Akshaya: Information Technology dissemination.

In 1971, he first appeared on screen in K.S.Sethumadhavan's Anubhavangal Paalichakal and later he was seen in Kalachakram? (1973) by K. Narayanan. His debut movie as a lead actor was M.T.Vasudevan Nair's Devalokam (1979) which went unnoticed. He came into the limelight after Vilkanundu Swapnangal (1980). His circus artist role in Mela and his role in Thrishna were also appreciated.

He played the role of a tough cop in Yavanika (1982) and it brought him many more tough roles later. Mammootty has acted in more than 300 movies out of which 150 were completed in a short span of five years from 1982 to 1986. Some of his superhit movies are Padmarajan’s Koodevide and Joshy’s Aa Raathri. The actor was hugely appreciated for his performance in movies like Aalkootathil Thaniye and Adiyozhukkukal.

The actor brought a change in Malayalam cinema after his 1988 release Oru CBI Diary Kurippu. This movie was a murder mystery and after the success of this, three more murder sequels were directed by K Madhu namely Jagratha (1989), Sethurama Iyer CBI (2004), and Nerariyan C.B.I (2005). He cast the same characters for all the three movies.

He has acted in some Tamil, Telugu, Hindi and English films too. Maunam Sammatham was his Tamil film debut. He became everyone's favourite in Tamil cinema as well. After acting along with superstar Rajinikanth in Thalapathi, he has worked with the excellent directors like K. Balachander and Mani Ratnam.

Mammootty was seen opposite the beautiful Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai in Rajiv Menon's Kandukondain Kandukondain where he played a character named Captain Bala. He played a family man in Aanandam directed by N. Linguswamy. Some of his best remembered Tamil movies include Puthayal (1996), Junior-Senior (2002) and Viswatulasi (2004).

In the Hindi movie Thriyathri (1989) he played a small role and appeared as a hero in Dhartiputra which went unnoticed. He was critically acclaimed for Sau Jhooth Ek Sach. He acted in Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar, an English language movie and won a National Award for this.

His next movie Annan Thambi (2008) was one of the biggest hit and broke the record set by Rajamanikyam. Mammootty's most recent movie was Daddy Cool (2009) where he was paired with actress Richa Pallod.

After winning the National Award for  Dr.Baba Saheb Ambedkar he won a State Award for Kazhcha Rajamanikyam directed by debutant Anwar Rasheed. He has won various awards which includes three National Awards, four State Awards and eight Filmfare Awards in the Best Actor category. The actor was honored with the Padma Shri by the Government of India.

His film Mathilukal was shown in 40 International Film Festivals. It was screened at the Venice International Film Festival and brougt them four awards. His film Vidheyan won Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) Award at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and also the Interfilm Award - Honorable Mention at the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Festival.


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