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Mammootty in 2007 - Year of Class and Mass

Mammootty,one of the legends of Indian Cinema, had an outstanding year in 2007. He did 7 films totally which include Kaioppu, Mayavi, BigB, Mission 90 days, Ore Kadal, Nasrani and Kathaparayumbol.

Kaioppu,written & directed by ace director Ranjith, was a realistic story of a writer,who couldnt complete his work,which was brilliantly enacted by Mammootty as Balachandran.

Mayavi was a pakka mass entertainer with humour & action in the right mix. Mammootty played Mahi IAS(Iritty Adi Service) alias Mayavi who fights against anti-social activites in darkness and people doesnt know who is Mayavi. Director Shafi,with the help of Rafi Mecartin's script, has provided the trick that worked well. Not surprisingly, this movie turned out to be one of the highest grossers of 2007.

BigB was an action packed stylish flick written & directed by Amal Neerad, an asst of Ram Gopal Varma. Mammootty played Bilal john Kurishingal,a Don, and comes to Kochi to revenge against the death of adopted mother,Mary John Kurishingal. Technically,the movie was brilliant though content wise it lacked. Mammootty's stylish performance & Amal neerad's direction made the movie the most stylish flick ever produced in Malayalam cinema.

Mission 90 days,written & directed by Major Ravi, was an investigative thriller based on Rajiv Gandhi assasination. Mammootty playes Major Shivaram as the lead cammando in investigative team. Mammootty delivers a terrific performance & his dialogue delivery at climax sequences recieved huge applause.

Ore Kadal,written & directed by Shyama Prasad, was a critically acclaimed class movie which showcases the relationship between a housewife & an economist. Mammotty & meera jasmine has given a performance of a life time. The movie is bound to get many awards.

Nasrani,written by Ranjith & directed by veteran director Joshi, is another mass entertainer.Its a polical thriller narated as formula based mass movie.Mammootty as David John Kotarathil,once again showed he is too good in achayan roles.

Kathaparayumbol,written by sreenivasan & directed by debutant M.Mohan, is one of the finest movies released in the recent past. Its a movie about strong bondage on friendship between a Barber(sreenivasan) & a superstar( Mammootty). Mammootty plays an extended guest role and delivers a knock out performance in the climax which forms the highlight of the movie.

Overall, Mammootty had a mix of class & mass in 2007.His movies not only were critically acclaimed but also kept the cash registers ringing which indeed makes him the man of the year.
Courtesy : Kailash (MFWA)

'Kadha Parayumbol is a dream come true'

One film that is being talked about not only in Kerala but in Tamil Nadu too is Kadha Parayumbol scripted by Sreenivasan, one of the finest script writers not only in Kerala but in India itself.

It is almost certain that K Balachander's Kavithalaya has bought the rights from Sreenivasan and the Tamil version of Kadha Parayumbol is going to be Super Star Rajnikanth's next film, a quickie before he starts Shankar's Robot.

Kadha Parayumbol is the story of a barber in a village in Kerala whose classmate happens to be a super star in Kerala. What happens in the life of the barber when the super star and his team come to his village to shoot a film is the story of the film. Mammootty plays the super star and Sreenivasan is the barber. Meena plays the barber's wife.

Kadha Parayumbol is one of the finest films made in Malayalam in recent times.

Like our review said, Sreenivasan's script dominated the film so much that nobody is talking about the director of the film, M Mohanan who happens to be Sreenivasan's brother in law.
We decided to speak to the debutant director who is clearly on cloud nine. Excerpts:

How was the response to Kadha Parayumbol?

We are delighted by the response to the film and the distributors are really happy about the collections. Going by the reactions until now, I am sure that the film is slated to be a big hit.

What was special about the theme that attracted you to choose it as your debut film?

I have discussed several stories with Sreenivasan earlier too and when this theme came up, I could relate to it. The script had both humour and emotions which touched the heart, its development and also the emphasis on friendship made it a winning proposition.

The film is narrated through the eyes of an honest barber, who is going through a tough time. He barely finds the money to support his family. When the news begins to spread that a film hero, who had come to the village for shooting, was an old time chum of the barber, he suddenly received a new found importance.

Did you ever feel that Sreenivasan being the producer and script writer, and also the fact that he is your brother-in-law, will take away your importance as a director?

Never. Sreenivasan has scripted films for many other debutants and I think the film should be judged by its own merits and not by the fact that he is related to me or not. In fact his presence was a strength and support for me.

Mammootty has been presented as a superstar named Ashok Raj. Why did you not cast him as Mammootty himself?

We felt it won't look too good especially since there are some dialogues expressed by the superstar in the film, which may be interpreted as Mammootty's opinion.

The superstar in the film says that cinema is essentially a product of the director and the script writer and that actors are just tools who give life to them. Do you agree to this theory on a personal level?

(Laughs) There is no question of agreeing or disagreeing to that opinion. Those lines have been said by a character and we have presented it as his opinion only.

When did you first know that you wanted to be a filmmaker?

I hail from Koothuparambu in Kannur and was involved in amateur drama right from my childhood days. Films came to my mind mainly during my college days and I wanted to assist Sathyan Anthikkad, Siby Malayil or Kamal. Eventually I assisted Sathyan Anthikkad in nearly a dozen films from Ennum Nanmakal to Thoovalkottaram. I have been an avid movie buff all my life and feel delighted that I could be part of this industry.

What is your kind of film then?

I am interested in films which are intended for family audiences -- something simple, light and deep.

Kadha Parayumbol has been produced by Sreenivasan and Mukesh, who are mainly known as actors. How were they as producers?

They were extremely supportive. They had given me the freedom to choose any technician for the benefit of the film.

What about your future plans?

Right now I feel thrilled to have made my entry into films as a director. Imagine the script of my first film was by Sreenivasan and had Mammootty acting in it! What more do you need? I am yet to commit new projects though there are talks going on.

Courtesy : Rediff


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