Mammootty (Muhammad Ismail Kutty)( born on 7 September 1953) is an award-winning Indian actor who works mainly in Malayalam cinema. He has also acted in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. During a career spanning more than three decades, he has acted in more than 356 films as lead actor, and has been successful in both mainstream and parallel cinema.
Mammootty has received many major awards for his performances. These include three National awards, seven State awards and ten Filmfare Awards. In 1998, the Government of India honored him with the 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. In a survey among its readers, Vanitha magazine selected Mammootty as the actor with the most sex appeal in Kerala. Mammootty has promoted humanitarian causes throughout Kerala, and is the goodwill ambassador of the Akshaya project.
Mammootty's first screen appearance was an uncredited appearance in the 1971 film Anubhavangal Paalichakal, directed by K. S. Sethumadhavan. 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. He acted under the screenname Sajin, but later dropped it.
His professional film career began in 1979, when he played his first lead role in Devalokam, directed by veteran 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 released film. His roles in Mela, directed by K. G. George, in which 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.
In 1981, he got his first state award in the Best Supporting Actor category for his performance in Ahimsa.[
In the mid 1980's he appeared in Padmarajan’s Koodevide and Joshy’s Aa Raathri. His performances in films like Aalkootathil Thaniye and Adiyozhukkukal, scripted by M.T.Vasudevan Nair established him as an actor of substance.
In a period of five years from 1982 to 1986 Mammootty acted in more than 150 films as a hero.[
His role as Karunan in Adiyozhukkukal, directed by I. V. Sasi and written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, earned him a State Award and a 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. Other movies of the 80s included Nirakkoottu (1985), New Delhi (1987) and Thaniyavarthanam (1987).
In 1988 Mammootty appeared in Oru CBI Diary Kurippu which was followed by three more murder mystery sequels produced with the same cast of characters: Jagratha (1989), Sethurama Iyer CBI (2004) and Nerariyan C.B.I (2005). The films were all directed by K Madhu, penned by S. N. Swamy with Mammootty as Sethurama Iyer. Two of M. T. Vasudevan Nair’s films were acted by Mammootty. One was Aksharangal directed by I. V. Sasi and the other was Sukrutham directed by Harikumar.
Mammootty appeared in the film Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha, 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. 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.The film was sponsored by the National Film Development Corporation of India and the Ministry of Social Justice.
In the early 2000s, Mammootty acted in films such as Siddique's Chronic Bachelor, K Madhu's Sethurama Iyer CBI and Blessy's Kazhcha. In 2004, he 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; Rajamanikyam went on to become the biggest hit of Malayalam cinema at that time.
Other movies in the mid-2000s include Johny Antony's Thuruppu Gulan (2006), Shafi's Mayavi (2007), Amal Neerad's Big B (2007), Anwar Rasheed's Annan Thambi (2008) and Jayaraj's Loudspeaker (2009).
In October 2009, Pazhassi Raja, directed by T Hariharan and written by M. T. Vasudevan Nair, was released. It was touted as the highest grossing film in the history of Malayalam cinema.
In 2009, he won his fifth state award for Best Actor for his performance in Paleri Manikyam.
Mammootty was nominated for the national award for Best Actor in 2009, but he lost the award in the final round of the competition to Amitabh Bachan. The Jury's decision to give the award to Bachan was criticised by Shaji N Karun, director of Kutty Srank(the movie which won the award for best film of 2009) and Renjith, director of Paleri Manikyam
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