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Mammootty in 2007
Born Muhammed Kutty
7 September 1953 (1953-09-07) (age 56)
Chempu (Kottayam district), Travancore-Cochin, India
Other name(s) Mammookka
Occupation Film actor, Film Distributor, Social Worker.
Years active 1979-Present
Spouse(s) Sulfath Mammootty
Official website

Mammootty (Malayalam: മമ്മൂട്ടി)(born Muhammad Kutty on September 7, 1953 [1]) is an award-winning Indian actor who works mainly in Malayalam Cinema. During a career spanning more than two decades, he has acted in more than 300 films as lead actor,[2] and has been successful in both mainstream and parallel cinema.[1]

Mammootty received many major awards for his performance. These include three National awards, four State awards and eight Filmfare Awards in the best actor category. In 1998, the Government of India honoured him with Padma Shri for his outstanding contributions to Indian cinema.

Mammootty is also the Chairman of Malayalam Communications, which runs Malayalam TV channels Kairali TV, People TV and WE TV.[3] In a survey among its readers, Vanitha magazine selected Mammootty as the actor with the most sex appeal.[4] Mammootty has promoted humanitarian causes throughout Kerala, and is the goodwill ambassador of the Akshaya project.[5]


[edit] Family and early life

Mammootty was born in Chembu near Vaikom in the Kottayam district of former state Travancore-Cochin, India in a middle class Muslim family. His father Ismail was an agriculturist and his mother Fatima, a housewife. Along with his siblings, he grew up there. He did his high school(pre-degree) at Maharajas College, Kochi, and then studied law at Ernakulam Government Law College. He also practiced law for two years in Manjeri. He married Sulfath in 1980 and has a daughter, Surumi (b.1982) and a son, Dulquar Salman (b.1986).[1]

[edit] Acting career

[edit] Early career, 1971-1980

Mammootty's first screen appearance was in 1971 in Anubhavangal Paalichakal, directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan. However his role was uncredited.[6] 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,[7] directed by veteran M. T. Vasudevan Nair. However, this film was never released.

[edit] 1980s

Vilkanundu Swapnangal, written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair and directed by M. Azad was Mammootty's first notable film. His roles in Mela, directed by K.G.George where he played a Circus artist, and Thrishna , directed by I.V. Sasi got him noticed as a hero.

In 1982, his role of a police officer in the investigative thriller Yavanika (1982) directed by K. G. George 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.[8]

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

The period 1982-1986 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.[9].

In a period of five years from 1982 to 1986 Mammootty acted in more than 150 films as a hero.[10]

His role as Karunan in Adiyozhukkukal directed by I.V. Sasi, written by M. T. got him State Award and Filmfare Award in the Best Actor category. Mammootty won the State special jury award and best actor Filmfare award for Yathra directed by Balu Mahendra in which he played the role of a forest officer. His other notable movies of 80s were Nirakkoottu(1985), New Delhi(1987) and Thaniyavarthanam(1987).

New Delhi was a very important movie of his career and its commercial success made him a superstar.[11] The film was loosely based on the novel, "The Almighty" by Irving Wallace.[12]

[edit] Late 1980s and 1990s

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. 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. 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 award. 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, were also considered for the state award. Mammootty won the filmfare award for his performance in Amaram, directed by Bharathan.

Mammootty received his second national award for his performances in Adoor Gopalakrishnan's Vidheyan and TV Chandran's Ponthan Mada. He also received state award for his roles in both films. His performance in Valtsalyam directed by Cochin Haneefa was also considered for the State award.

In 1999, Mammootty won his third national award for Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar, an English language movie about the life of Ambedkar, directed by Jabbar Patel[13] The film was sponsored by National Film Development Corporation of India and the Ministry of Social Justice.

Jabbar Patel comments on Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and Mammootty:

Anyone who has seen the film will agree that Dr Ambedkar could not have been possible without Mammootty. How did the filmmaker settle on him? I was making a film in English and I went all around the world, met and saw actors in Canada, United States and United Kingdom. Physically, many actors in America came close but I was not sure about how they would portray the whole sensibility and inner turmoil. I was also not happy about the gestures. I had shortlisted 2-3 people and knew that it would be troublesome as I would have to get them here and train them. So I was not really happy. Then I decided to do something about Mammootty, who was hiding in my mind for a very long time.

[edit] Current era, 2000-present

Mammootty won the state award for his portrayal of Operator Madhavan in Kazhcha. The year 2005 proved to be immensely successful for him with two major box office hits in Thommanum Makkalum and Rajamanikyam, the latter directed by debutant Anwar Rasheed, went on to be the biggest hit of all time in the Malayalam cinema at the time.[14]

On October 2009, Pazhassi Raja directed by T Hariharan and written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair was released.[15]

[edit] Films in other languages

Mammootty has acted in a few non Malayalam movies and these include some Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada 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). Fazil directed Kilippechu Kekkavaa(1993) had Mammootty as a romantic hero. He has acted in the Kannada film Love in 2005.

He made his foray into Hindi films through Thriyathri released in 1989. However, his maiden Bollywood film as hero, Dhartiputra went unnoticed. Nonetheless he 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.

During the 2006 IIFA Awards ceremony held at Dubai, he openly criticized the organizers of the IIFA Awards for completely ignoring South Indian films. Mammootty suggested that the Bollywood film industry stand up to competition from the South Indian film industry before calling itself International.[16].

[edit] Humanitarian works

Mammootty in 2008

Mammootty is involved in more than half a dozen philanthropic projects aimed at helping the needy people.[17]

[edit] Pain and Palliative Centre

Mammootty is the patron of the Pain and Palliative care Society,[18] a charitable organization in Kerala formed with the aim of improving the quality of life among patients with advanced cancer. He has been the fuel and the engine of the pain and Palliative care centre, situated at Kozhikode, India.[19] Thousands of people are getting the benefits which the institution is providing. Mammootty has now put forth a novel project to provide the pain and palliative care to those suffering from cancer, living all over Kerala.[20]

[edit] Jeevan Jothi

Mammootty is the ambassador of Jeevan Jothi - a social work project aimed at providing aid to people who are seeking treatment for any Ophthalmic diseases, Heart (cardiac) orthopedic diseases, liver diseases, renal dysfunctions, Haemophilia diseases, ENT disorders.[citation needed]

[edit] Street India Movement

Mammootty is the goodwill ambassador of a charity project "Street India Movement", which is aimed at the eradication of child begging and Child labor. He has promoted the activities of the movement, which networks with orphanages and institutions looking after the children.[21]

[edit] Kazhcha- free eye care and treatment

Kazhcha is a venture to extend free eye care and treatment to the neglected and downtrodden people of the society. This event is the first of its kind in India, organized in the name of an actors’ fans association. Kazhcha 06-07,[22] is maintained by Mammootty Fans Welfare Association & Mammootty Times, in association with Little Flower Hospital & Research Centre and Eye Bank Association of Kerala. Under this project, around 10,000 people will be receiving free eye treatment and 1000 poor patients will have the opportunity to undergo cataract surgeries free of cost at Little Flower Hospital, Angamaly. The actual cost of each of these surgeries is around Rs.8000/-. In addition to this, all eligible patients, who are selected for surgery, will be given free accommodation, food, medicines and conveyance. This project also includes various programmes to prevent childhood blindness in society. One of the major activities related to this is distribution of free spectacles to the children from socially and economically backward families. The special fund received from the office of the President of India will be utilized for this purpose. Free eye camps will also be conducted at various places in connection to this project.[23]

[edit] Donating food and goods

During Onam 2007, Mammootty donated food items among thousand families in Parathodu near Kanjirappally in Kottayam district, a Kerala village which was hit by Chikungunya. The village which was worst hit by the disease claimed the most lives in the state.[24] In a press conference Mammootty explained his motives for doing this:

I decided to do this because the village has lost the maximum number of people to chikunguniya in the state this year. And this is not a publicity event and I would not be going there to distribute it either. This is done to see that others also come to extend a helping hand to those who are suffering

[edit] Akshaya: Information Technology dissemination

Akshaya, the Information Technology dissemination project of the Government of Kerala, has Mammootty as its Goodwill Ambassador.[25] He formally took over the role on February 26, 2006 at a video networked programme which was linked to all the district headquarters of the state.[26] Mammootty will take up the responsibility of spearheading a campaign by appearing in print and visual media advertisements and other publicity materials that will send the message of Akshaya to the grassroots. He Explained:

I am really happy to be associated with this unique project that promises to ring in wholesome change to the perceptions about Kerala as it seeks to make its presence felt in the digital era.[27]

Mammootty is now appearing in a new role on television.[28] He was seen giving tips on ways to master the computer keyboard or browse the internet.[29]

If we manage to reach the benefits of information technology to the entire population, we would be able to raise ourselves to the levels of a developed society. I understand that the Akshaya project has been launched with this objective. I am sure this unique project will go to make the State a fully empowered knowledge society.[27]

Akshaya, Kerala’s mass computer literacy campaign which has bagged several awards, has roped in the multilingual star to popularize the programme.[30] Now launching e-lite-literacy programme in Kerala with Mircosoft.[31]

[edit] Television career

Mammootty in December 2008

He is the current Chairman of Malayalam Communications,[32] which runs some Malayalam TV channels such as Kairali TV, People TV and Channel We.

Mammootty formed a television production company, Megabytes, which has produced some television serials, the first being Jwalayay in the late 1990s, which was also his first project as a producer.[33]. Jwalayay created history in Malayalam television.[34] He had started a distribution company named Mammootty Technotainment.[35] It has distributed his Tamil film Karmegham in Kerala. It gets the first share from the distribution rights.

[edit] Other activities

Mammootty was appointed as the Global Brand ambassador of the Kerala-based South Indian Bank on October 16, 2006.[36][37] The Bank chairman said this was taking into consideration the huge following Mammootty enjoys among the NRIs and his image as a clean, pan-Indian actor.[38][39] He was also featured as the brand ambassador for Kerala Volleyball League.[40]

Mammootty and Dubai-based businessman M.A. Yusuf Ali met with the officials of the Dubai Internet City (DIC) to lobby for the proposed Smart City project at Kochi.[41]

Mammootty has turned writer with his first book Kazhchapadu (roughly translated as (Perspective) a compilation of short essays he has written in various publications over the years.[42]

[edit] Awards, honours and recognitions

[edit] Civilian honours

No. Year Award Category Awarded by Notes
001 1998 Padma Shri Art, Cinema Government of India

[edit] Honorary degrees

No. Year Award Category Awarded by Notes
002 2009 D.Litt. Art, Cinema University of Kerala
001 2009 D.Litt. Art, Cinema University of Calicut

[edit] National film awards

No. Year Category Language Movie (s) Role (s)
003 1998 Best Actor English Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
002 1993 Best Actor Malayalam Vidheyan
Ponthan Mada
Bhaskar Patelar
001 1989 Best Actor Malayalam Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha Mathilukal Chanthu Chekavar

Vaikom Muhammad Basheer

[edit] Kerala State Film Awards

No. Year Category Language Movie (s) Role (s)
006 2004 Best Actor Malayalam Kaazhcha Madhavan
005 1993 Best Actor Malayalam Vidheyan
Ponthan Mada
Bhaskar Patelar
Raghavan Nair
004 1989 Best Actor Malayalam Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha
Chanthu Chekavar
003 1985 Special Jury Award Malayalam Yathra
Ravi Varma
002 1984 Best Actor Malayalam Adiyozhukkukal Karunan
001 1981 Best Supporting Actor Malayalam Ahimsa Vasu

[edit] Filmfare Awards

No. Year Category Language Movie (s) Role (s)
008 2006 Best Actor Malayalam Karutha Pakshikal Murugan
007 2004 Best Actor Malayalam Kaazhcha Madhavan
006 2000 Best Actor Malayalam Arayannagalude Veedu Ravindranath
005 1997 Best Actor Malayalam Bhoothakkannadi Vidyadharan
004 1991 Best Actor Malayalam Amaram Achuthan Kutty
003 1989 Best Actor Malayalam Mathilukal Vaikom Basheer
002 1985 Best Actor Malayalam Yathra Unnikrishnan
001 1984 Best Actor Malayalam Adiyozhukkukal Karunan

[edit] Film critics awards

No. Year Category Language Movie (s) Role (s)
009 2006 Best Actor Malayalam Karutha Pakshikal
008 1997 Special Award Malayalam Bhoothakannadi Vidyadharan
007 1994 Best Actor Malayalam Sukrutham Ravi Shankar
006 1992 Best Actor Malayalam Sooryamanasam
Pappayudey Swantham Appose
005 1989 Best Actor Malayalam Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha
Chanthu Chekavar
Vaikom Basheer
004 1987 Best Actor Malayalam Thaniyavarthanam
New Delhi
Bala Gopalan
G. Krishnamoorthy
003 1985 Best Actor Malayalam Yathra
Ravi Varma
002 1984 Best Actor Malayalam Aksharangal
Roy Varghese
001 1982 Best Supporting Actor Malayalam Yavanika Jacob Eeraly

[edit] Asianet Film awards

No. Year Category Language Movie (s) Role (s)
003 2007 Best Actor Award Malayalam Ore Kadal,Big B,Kadha Parayumbol
002 2004 Best Actor Award Malayalam Kaazhcha, Vesham
001 2000 Best Actor Award Malayalam Arayannangalude Veedu

[edit] Vanitha awards

No. Year Category Language Movie (s) Role (s)
003 2007 Best Actor Malayalam Ore Kadal Dr. S.R. Nathan
002 2006 Best Actor Malayalam Karutha Pakshikal
001 2004 Best Actor Malayalam Kaazhcha Madhavan

[edit] Other major honours and recognitions

No. Year Award Presented by Notes
001 2010 Milleninium Actor Award Asianet
002 2007 Legendary Actor Award Filmfare
003 2006 Everest Award for Best Actor Etisalat
004 2005 The Box Office Hero Vanitha
005 2004 Chalachitra Ratnam Film Critics
006 2004 Male Sex Symbol of Kerala Vanitha

[edit] Miscellaneous awards

No. Year Award Presented by Notes
001 2004 Asia Pacific Merlian Award Presented by Singapore Malayalee Association (SMA) In conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Malayalee Conference held in Singapore
002 2004 FOCCANA Award FOCCANA (USA)
003 Various Cinema Express Awards The New Indian Express
005 Various Mathrubhumi Awards Mathrubhumi
006 Various Kala Keralam Award Kala Keralam
007 2004 Amrita Award for Best Actor Amrita
008 1998 V. Shantaram Award V. Shantaram Foundation
010 Ramu Kariat Award Ramu Kariat Foundation
011 Jeassy Award Jeassy Foundation
012 Filmy Audience Award Filmy Audience
013 Nana Award for Best Actor Nana Magazine

[edit] Selected filmography

[edit] References

  1. ^ a b c 'Mammootty Bio'
  2. ^ Mammootty 300 not out. April 11, 2007. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  3. ^ Malayalam Communications Board of Directors. “ November 1, 2004 Accessed October 30, 2007.
  4. ^ 'Vanitha survey chooses Mammootty as the sexiest actor'
  5. ^ Mammootty enlivens Akshaya network. The Hindu Businessline. February 26, 2006. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  6. ^ 'Mammootty filmography'
  7. ^ The Veteran Hero Of Malayalam Industry. September 6, 2007 Accessed October 30, 2007.
  8. ^ Mammootty to play a cop for the 25th time. Hindustan Times. September 06, 2007. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  9. ^ Tribute to Pazhassi Raja. The Hindu. January 19, 2007. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  10. ^ Malayalam_films_of_the_1980s. Wikipedia. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  11. ^ Popular Mammootty Films. January 19, 2007. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  12. ^ The Almighty" by Irving Wallace. January 15, 2005. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  13. ^ Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar-Movie Preview. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  14. ^ Rajamanikyam leaping towards the 'biggest-ever grosser' status. News. April 14, 2007. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  15. ^ Kerala Box Office - Sep 28 to Oct 20 Sify Wednesday, 21 October 2009 Accessed on January 04, 2009
  16. ^ South-pawed!. The Hindu. Friday, Jul 07, 2006 Accessed June 19, 2009.
  17. ^ Mammootty as Social worker. February 25, 2007 Accessed October 30, 2007.
  18. ^ Pain and Palliative Care Society Patrons. . July, 2007. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  19. ^ Relevance of the Pain and Palliative Care Society.. . October, 2006 Accessed October 30, 2007.
  20. ^ Form of Kerala amazon news.
  21. ^ Mammootty for a cause The Hindu Friday, Jul 14, 2006 Accessed on June 19, 2009
  22. ^ Mammootty Fans to organise Kazhcha 06 - 07. July 23, 2006 Accessed October 30, 2007.
  23. ^ Kazhcha 06-07 - free eye care & treatment. Official July 13, 2006 Accessed October 30, 2007.
  24. ^ Mammootty to donate food to chikunguniya-hit village
  25. ^ Star shines on Project Akshaya February 25, 2006. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  26. ^ Mammootty enlivens Akshaya network. The Hindu Businessline. February 26, 2006.Accessed October 30, 2007.
  27. ^ a b Mammootty is goodwill ambassador for Akshaya. The Hindu Business Line. February 21, 2006. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  28. ^ Mammootty sparked the interest. December 09, 2006. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  29. ^ Mammootty takes Akshaya to common man. The Hindu Business Line. October 09, 2006. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  30. ^ Mammootty as brand ambassador has helped Akshaya gain publicity. The Hindu. November 03, 2006. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  31. ^ Microsoft, Mammootty to launch Kerala e-literacy programme. Indo Asian News Service Last Updated: April 08, 2008 07:49:01.
  32. ^ Malayalam Communications Board of Directors. “ November 1, 2004. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  33. ^ "Why should they? Especially when they are busy producing a superhit television soap". December 21, 1998. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  34. ^ Mega Serials Mega Hits. October 28, 2006. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  35. ^ Mammootty in Wise Technotainment Trick March 2002, Accessed on June 19, 2009
  36. ^ South Indian Bank Announces Mammootty as Brand Ambassador. October 16, 2006. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  37. ^ South Indian Bank has appointed Padmasree Bharat Mammootty as Brand Ambassador. October 16, 2006. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  38. ^ Mammootty Unveiling Bank's New Logo. February 05, 2007. Accessed October 30, 2007.
  39. ^ South Indian Bank unveils new logo. The Hindu Business Line. February 05, 2007. Accessed October 30, 2007
  40. ^ Kerala Volleyball League formed - Mammootty as brand ambassodor. Hindu Business Line. November 04,2009.
  41. ^ Mammootty brings IT park to Kerala., IANS . April 14, 2007 Accessed October 30, 2007.
  42. ^ Meet Mammootty, the writer. “ August 16, 2006. Accessed October 30, 2007.

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