ounted amongst the most talented actors of Indian Cinema,
Mammootty, the Mega Star of Malayalam Movies captivates the audience with his
profoundly deep voice, looks and talent.
A lawyer by qualification, Mammootty had always wanted to be
an actor. He made his first appearance on the big screen in a Malayalam movie 'Devalokam'
(1979) but that film apparently never saw light. On record Mammootty's career
began with the Malayalam cinema 'Vilkanundu Swapnangal' (1980) in which his
performance was noticed. It was Director K.G. George who brought out the latent
talent in Mammootty. He gave him a number of diverse roles in films like 'Valarthumrigangal',
'Yavanika', 'Aadaminte Vaariyellu' etc. His firebrand performances in these
films saw the birth of a new super star in Malayalam Cinema.
He was supported by good directors, scriptwriters like Adoor
Gopalakrishnan, M.T.Vasudevan Nair, Lohitadas, Hariharan, Padmarajan etc in his
acting career. His controlled acting, never crossed the limits, and the
presentation of M T 's hard hitting dialogues made Mammootty, the heartthrob of
Malayalam film viewers.
Throughout his career, he has been through a lot of ups and
downs but every time he came back with extra perseverance and won his way into
people's hearts with wonderful performances. His career saw a spectacular rise
after the release of Director Joshi's 'New Delhi'. It heralded the rebirth
of Mammootty the super star and he never had to look back again.
touched higher pinnacles of his career in the 90's with 'Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha',
an M.T. Vasudevan creation and the breath taking portrayal of Basheer in Adoor
Gopalakrishnan's art movie 'Mathilukal', which together bagged him the National
award for the best actor in 1989. Again his superb acting in T.V.Chandran's
' Ponthan Mada' and Adoor Gopalakrishna's 'Vidheyan' (1992) won him the National
award for best actor once more. His portrayal of the historical character in
Jabbar Patel's 'Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar' (1999) won him the national award for
the third time.
Throughout his acting career spanning three decades, Mammootty, has
given the audience unforgettable performances in movies like 'Thaniavarthanam',
'Sukrutham', 'Yathra', 'Kanamarayathu', 'Nirakottu', 'Midhya', 'Oru
CBI Dairy Kurippu', 'Hitler', 'Vidheyan', 'Mrigaya', 'Amaram', 'Valsalyam',
'Bhoothakkannadi', 'Kazcha' etc.
He is very popular in Tamil, Telegu, and Hindi
movies too. His famous films in other languages are 'Kandu Kondein
Kandu Kondein', 'Aanandam', 'Kilipechu Kelkeva', 'Dalapati' (Tamil), 'Swati
Kiranam' (Telegu), 'Dr.Ambedkar', 'Dhartiputra' (Hindi) etc.
His films such as 'Chronic Bacherlor' 'Thommanum
Makkalum', 'Rajamanikkam', Annan Thambi, Thurupugulan etc with his excellent comic timing has
proved that he can act comedy roles perfectly as well. Mammootty still
retains his superstardom among the young talents of the times and
remains one of the busiest actors in Malayalam cinema.