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Mammootty entering Kollywood

Malayalam Superstar Mammootty is finally entering Kannada film industry. He has signed to star in Abhay Singh directed Kannada movie Shikari. The movie deals with the pre and post independence condition in India. The story and screenplay is by Abhay Singh.


Many Kannada directors and producers have tried hard to bring in the actor in Kannada movies for many years, but nobody was successful. Koti producer has contacted him many times, but he had denied the offer stating that he did not like the story. It is said that so for he has refused to act in Kannada films for he did not like the story of the movie. Now he is impressed with the story of the movie Shikari and come forward to star in the same. With this movie, Mammootty is going to fulfill his dream of acting in films of all south Indian languages.

Actor Mammootty is not at all bothered about the remuneration, if he likes the story. "I know that there is no much demand in Kannada film industry. So I don't mind the remuneration. You decides the remuneration according to the market of Kannada films," Mammootty said to Shikari producer NR Shetty.

Anmol Bhave will score the music for the movie, while Shrivatsa cranks the camera. The shooting of the movie will be done in Karnataka.

Gracy Singh pairs up with Mammootty

Gracy, who has acted in some superhit Hindi films like Lagaan and Munnabhai MBBS , will be the leading lady of Mollywood film ‘Loud Speaker’.

The movie has Mammootty playing the role of Mike Gopalan, a man who’s been nicknamed so because he always speaks loudly.
 
Apart from Gracy and Mammootty, the movie stars Jagathy, Nedumudi Venu, Innocent, Salim Kumar and Siddique.


The dialogue and script are by Renjit. The music is composed by Bijibal, while K.U. Mohanan is the cinematographer.

Jayaraj will produce and direct the film.

The movie’s mahurat pooja will be held on February 2.

Love in Singapore - Review

The film is about 'Machu' (Mammootty), who rose to financial heights after starting his life as a scrap dealer. He lives in a posh house in a posh locality. One day, he sees a beautiful girl in a soap and talcum powder commercial and falls in love with her. To fulfill his dream to marry her, Machu follows the advice of his neighbour, business man Andrews Pereira (Nedumudi Venu), who gently persuades Machu to invest his earnings in stocks. Next, Pereira vanishes to Singapore with Machu's money. Left with no other options, Machu leaves for Singapore in hot pursuit of his lost money. When he confronts Pereira there, Machu proposes to marry Pereira's daughter Diana (Navneet Kaur) as compensation for his financial loss. The second half of the film is all about Machu's tricks to win Diana over.




Mammootty has tried his level best to save the show, but in vain. The script is illogical with a lot of ambiguities and incredible twists. For instance, the film gives no convincing explanation why villain Nedumudi Venu cheats Machu and escapes to Singapore. Perhaps shooting in Singapore is a reason for the director duo, which also produces the film.



The majority of the sequences are contrived and solely for cooking up some 'funny moments' with the clich├ęd dialects of comedians Suraj Venjaramoodu, Salimkumar and Bijukuttan. Debutante heroine Navneet Kour as Diana has nothing to offer with a very weak character development. The only relief comes from some foot-tapping numbers by music director Suresh Peters, but even those songs fail to put the movie on track. The other technical crew members, including Sanjeev Sankar (camera) and Boban (art) have done their routine jobs. All in all, we can undoubtedly say Love in Singapore is one of the avoidable efforts by the director duo in recent times.
 

Banner: M.H.M. Productions

Production: Rafi

Cast: Mammootty, Navneet Kaur, Salimkumar, Suraj Venjaaramoodu, Harishree Ashokan, Bijukuttan, Rajan P. Dev, Lalu Alex, Nedumudi Venu

Direction: Rafi-Mecartin

Music: Suresh Peters

Camera: Sanjeev Sankar
 
 
(Review-One india)

Mammootty & Ranjith team again

Writer, director and actor Ranjit is going to produce another film under his Capital Theatres banner with his favourite star Mammootty. The film has been titled Paleri Manickam - Oru Paatira Kolapathakithinte Katha .

Ranjit says: "As the title indicates it is a murder mystery. Mammootty will play the lead and the rest of the people will be from the theatre background or those who have worked in stage plays. The film is an adaption of the story by the same title published in the Mathrubhoomi weekly a few years back"

The story of the film is based on a murder that took place 51 years back (1958) at Paleri near Kozhikode. Mammootty plays a writer who comes from Delhi in search of his roots who investigates the murder.

For the first time Ranjit is going to direct a film whose script is written by somebody else. And he is going to have unknown new faces to play supporting characters in this film which will also be a different experience for the director. He has invited applicants from the stage to play the characters and those who are selected will undergo a crash course under Murali Menon drama camp.

Hats off to Ranjith for doing Paleri Manickam - Oru Paatira Kolapathakithinte Katha , based on a novel at a time when Malayalam cinema is totally away from good novel and literature.

Filmstars to attend anti-terror Campaign

Kochi, Friday 23 Jan 2009: Bollywood actors Shilpa Shetty and John Abraham and Tamil filmstars Vijay and Vikram will be in the city on Monday, along with host of film personalities and cricketers, to attend the launch of ‘Aspirations’, a campaign against terrorism.

The campaign, spearheaded by the City Police and sponsored by the leading builders SRK Group and Idea Mobile, is part of an effort by the police to refurbish its image and to reach out to the community at large. The campaign launch will feature a large number of Malayalam actors, including top stars Mammootty and Mohanlal.

Sources said here Bollywood actor Vivek Oberoi had also confirmed participation. The police will put in place an anti-terror intelligence mechanism. The launch ceremony, to be held on Monday evening, will be held at Ambedkar Stadium near the KSRTC bus stand.

(Source - Kerala Online)

'Sarkar' in Malayalam ; Mammootty in role of BigB

The latest buzz in Mollywood is that Filmfare Award-winning Hindi director Ram Gopal Varma's dramatic thriller Sarkar (2005), starring Bollywood biggies Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan, Kay Kay Menon and Katrina Kaif, is to be remade in Malayalam by debutant director Sheikh, a long-time assistant of Shaji Kailas, and Malayalam superstar Mammootty will take on the lead role (played by Amitabh Bachchan in the original).

Sarkar revolved around a don, Mumbai-based billionaire Subhash Nagre alias Sarkar (Amitabh Bachchan), who lives in a palatial house with his wife (Supriya Pathak), two sons Vishnu (Kay Kay Menon) and Shankar (Abhishek Bachchan) and his daughter-in-law Amrita Vishnu (Rukhsar). One day, a Dubai-based don, Rasheed (Zakir Hussain) tries to strike a deal with Sarkar, but he promptly refuses on moral grounds and also forbids him from doing it himself. Later, Rasheed tries to eliminate Sarkar's supremacy with the help of Sarkar's former associate Silver Mani (Srinivasa Rao Kota) and Swami Virendra (Jeeva).

In course of time, they trap Sarkar by assassinating a righteous, upright, political leader Motilal Khurana (Anupam Kher), an outspoken critic of Sarkar. Everyone, including his elder son Vishnu, believes that Sarkar is guilty but Shankar has deep faith in his father. Sarkar is arrested and jailed. Shankar then takes over the position of his father temporarily. Sarkar is later acquitted and remains bedridden.

Meanwhile, Silver Mani, Swami and Rasheed try to convince Vishnu, a foul-mouthed producer, to murder his father. Vishnu was previously thrown out of Sarkar's house because he had murdered a Bollywood actor for having an affair with actress Sapna (Nisha Kothari), whom Vishnu wanted to keep as mistress.

Vishnu returns home, pretending to have repented. When he approaches Sarkar at night to murder him, Shankar foils his plan and kills him. Shankar later eliminates all his enemies, including the Chief Minister Madan Rathore (Deepak Shirke) who also had a part in the attempt to end Sarkar and his rule. The closing scenes show people approaching Shankar for justice as his father apparently retires.

(source - Galatta.com)

Love in Sigapore releases today

Love In Singapore, Malayalam's sensational superstar Mammootty's much-awaited first release in 2009 by director duo Rafi-Mecartin, is releasing big in 100 plus screens in Kerala on January 23(Today). This is a hilarious comedy presenting Mammootty as 'Aakry Machu', a man who rose to financial heights after starting his life as a scrap dealer.

As the name suggests, Love In Singapore was extensively shot at the locations of Singapore and is currently undergoing through the final touches of post-production. The script is written by the director duo, who earlier joined hands with Mammootty in the super hit Mayavi directed by Shafi.

Tamil-Telugu actor Navneet Kaur is the heroine. Also in the cast are Suraj Venjaramoodu, Salimkumar, Harishree Ashokan, Rajan P. Dev, Lalu Alex and Nedumudi Venu. Jayasurya, who earlier acted with Mammootty in Parunthu, has a cameo role in Love in Singapore.

Sanjeev Sankar is the man behind the camera. Lyrics are written by Rajeev Alumkal and music composed by Santosh Varma and Suresh Peters. There are four beautiful songs sung by Jyotsna, Sainora and Alex. The film is produced by Rafi under the banner M.H.M. Productions.

Yugapurushan Launched

Yugapurushan, the film based on the vision of Sree Narayana Guru, the mystic and social reformer of Kerala, started at Ottapalam on Wednesday. After the pooja at Varikkaassery Mana, the first shot was taken. The pooja started at 9 a.m. Mammootty, Navya Nair, Kalabhavan Mani, Saikumar, Thalai Vasal Vijai, Kaithapram Damodaran Namboodiri, Producer A.V. Anoop, Director R. Sukumaran, Ottapalam and M.L.A A.M. Hamsa attended the function. Niece of Social reformer Ayyankali Ponnamma lighted the lamp.

In the second shot Mammooty enacted the role of K.C. Kuttan, a revolutionary who lived and supported the guru’s principles and teachings in the same period. Mohanlal dons the character of Swamy Vivekananda while Babu Antony is in the role of Ayyankali, a Harijan leader in Kerala. Navya Nair is cast in the role of a Brahmin lady named Savithri Antharjanam, who loves and marries a 'pulayan' named Koran. Thalaivasal Vijay will don the role of Sree Narayana Guru in his seventies.


The movie will also present historic personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Tagore, Chattambi Swamikal, poet Kumaranasan, T.K. Madhavan, Ayyankaali and Mannathu Padmanabhan. Also in the cast are Jagathy Sreekumar, Kalabhavan Mani, Saikumar, Siddique, Devan, Saiju Kurup, Sukumari and Shobha Mohan.

Director said, The film is not to meant to describe the complete life of Sree Narayana Guru, but to portray how the vision of Guru changed the history of the society. Thus the new generation can understand the significance of Guru's vision. The movie also aims to break the notion that Sree Narayana Guru belonged to a particular segment in the society. Unlike common entertainment film, Yugapurushan will guide the forthcoming generations.

Other locations are Kannur, Cherthala, Mysore and Srilanka. The film would be released in connection with the Guru Jayanthi celebrations in September. The estimated cost of the film is five crore. Earlier films of R. Sukumaran are Padamudra and Rajasilpi. The script of Yugapurushan is by R. Sukumaran and lyrics by Kaithapram Damodaran Namboodiri. Music is by Mohan Sithara and Camera by Ramachandra Babu. Banner of the film is AVM Productions.

Pazhassiraja for April 10

Mammootty-Hariharan and M T Vasudevan Nair will finally present the magnum opus 'Pazhassi Raja' before viewers by the second week of April. The historical which was in the making for the last two years is rumored to be made on around ten crores, which makes it the biggest budgeted film of Mollywood.

Produced by Gokulam Films, the movie features a big cast including Sarthkumar, Suman, and Kanika in the key roles. The movie was completed in more than ten schedules in ten locations taking around 140 days of shooting. Gokulam Films is planning to go for a wide release to cash in the heavy investment made on this historical.

Mammootty took lottery tickets worth 5 lakh

Malayalam Megastar Mammootty took five thousand tickets of Samskarika Lottery costing five lakhs, which aims to mobilize fund to help artistes by way of welfare fund. The inaugural function of lottery launching by the Kerala government was held at Kochi Durbar hall ground on Saturday. Another superstar Mohanlal had also attended the function.


When Mohanlal went to make a speech, audiences raised voice by expressing their intention that, "If Mammooka takes tickets for 5 lakhs, Lallettan is sure to take lotteries for ten lakhs". But Lal in his usual style said that he has given his support and blessings for the new venture.

Later Mammootty in his speech said that if at all he wins any of the tickets he will donate fifty percent for the artistes welfare fund and the other half for humanitarian programmes. Ministers M.A Baby, Thomas Issac, S.Sharma, actors Dileep, Kalabhavan Mani, Kavya, Bhavana and others took part in the function.

Mammootty is Handsome


Mammootty's latest film title is Handsome!

Yes the megastar in real life one of the most handsome actors in Indian cinema is going to play a high profile techie in the film set in the IT city of Bangalore.

The film is directed by Girish, a former assistant of noted director Shyamaprasad. He had narrated his script to Mammootty while he was assisting Shyamaprasad during the shoot of Ore Kadal
Says director Girish: " Only Mammoo ka can play the title role in Handsome, about the IT culture and its pitfalls in a city like Bangalore. He is playing Vysakh a techie the pivot around which the whole film revolves. The film is a commercial thriller"

The producer of the film is Hussain who last produced the Lal Jose film Arabikatha under the banner of Micro Coms. The shoot of the film will start in March in Bangalore.

(Sify)

Love in Singapore for January 23


Mammootty's first release of 2009 will be the Rafi-Mecartin directed comedy entertainer Love In Singapore, which is confirmed for January 23. Navaneet Kaur is his heroine in the film.
Mammootty's bi-lingual Vande Mataram was to release for Pongal (January 14), but has once again been postponed. So distributor 'Vysakha' Rajan did some juggling and brought forward the release of this Mammootty film.
The grapevine has it that Mohanlal's 2009's first release Red Chillies which was to be released on January 9 by Vysakha Films has been indefinitely postponed. It seems the producer wanted an hike in the price of the film which was made on first copy basis, but the distributor refused to budge.
Vysakha who had booked theatres for the Mohanlal film will now compensate them with a Mammootty film. Love In Singapore, is releasing big in 100 plus screens in Kerala on January 23.

Mammootty teams up with Jayaraj

fter the super hit Johnny Walker (1992), superstar Mammootty is all set to act in a film to be directed by National Award winning filmmaker Jayaraj. Reports say this untitled film will be scripted by scenarist-director Renjith, who recently donned the lead role in Jayaraj's Gulmohar. More details about the project are still awaited.

Interestingly, Mammootty's first film with Jayaraj Johnny Walkerwas also scripted by Renjith. After an impressive opening, Johnny Walker failed to become a big hit, but was noted for its technical finesse and stylistic workouts.

Renjith has scripted over 35 films, including Devasuram, which turned him into a top-notch scriptwriter. But recently, he was going through turbulent times following flops like Prajapathy, Chandrotsavam and Rock N Roll.



Meanwhile, Mammootty's upcoming Love In singapore, presenting him as 'Aakry Machu', a man who rose to financial heights after starting his life as a scrap dealer, is expected to hit theatres by the last week of January. Tamil/ Telugu actor Navneet Kaur is the heroine. The film is produced by MHM Films.

(Oneindia)

Mammootty's Newyear Gift


Mammootty is said to be one of the most net savvy actors in south Indian cinema. Many years back he was the first actor to have his own website.

Now on New Year day, Mammookka has started his own blog site- www.i-am-mammootty.blogspot.com. It is a good blog and has some serious writing on socio- political- financial issues plaguing Kerala.

The first blog written by the megastar was on Sambathuvevasthayude Rashtriam, an in-depth analysis on the 'Politics of finance'.

It was crisply written and stylishly presented and will have new postings every week. The idea seems to be reaching across to a wider spectrum of audiences. The blog is written in Malayalam, but will soon have an English version too.

Mammootty's blog was inaugurated by the star himself on the location of his new film Pattanathil Bhootham at Thammanath near Kochi. Kavya Madhavan, the heroine of the film, director Johnny Antony, and writers Sibi. K. Thomas and Udayakrishnan were present along with a lot of Mammootty fans.

(oneindia)

Mammootty again elected as 'Kairali' Chairman

Malayalam superstar Mammoottyy, who has made a fantastic start in 2009 with the launch of his first Malayalam Blog, was re-elected as chairman of Malayalam Communications Ltd. (promoters of Kairali Channel group).

While announcing the decision at the annual general body meeting held in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday, Mammootty said that John Britas was re-elected as the managing director of the Malayalam Communications Limited. P.A. Sidhartha Menon, C.K. Karunakaran, P.T. Kunjumohammed, M.M. Monayi, V.K. Mohammed Asharaf, A.A. Rasheed, T.R. Ajayan, A. Vijayaraghavan and A.K. Moosa will continue as company directors.

Mammootty said the company registered a growth of 34.66 per cent in the last fiscal. He promised a dividend of 5% to allshareholders for the coming year. Kairali Towers, spread over 70,000 sq.ft, being built near the MLA Hostel, will be completed in the first quarter of 2009, he added.



Meanwhile, it is learnt that Mammootty is all set to share screen space with 'Ulaga Nayagan' Kamal Haasan in his upcoming remake of the Hindi film A Wednesday directed by Neeraj Pandey. Kamal Haasan will play the lead, the one essayed by Naseeruddin Shah in the original, while Mammootty will play the role of the police officer played by Anupam Kher.

'I-AM-MAMMOOTTY' - Mammootty's Blog Launched

The Histionic speldour, Malayalam Megastar Mammootty's Blog has been launched (http://i-am-mammootty.blogspot.com ). 

The blog is titled as 'Mammootty with love'. Megastar Mammootty who had always been instrumental in moving with the changing times, started his own blog in the new year. As MammoottySpecial posted, it is the new year gift for Mammootty fans from the star legend.

As Mammootty started the blog, MammoottySpecial - The first blog about Mammootty has closed the poll.  it had a poll, that asking opinion on 'Mammootty starting a blog'. 'Mammootty should start a blog', that was the need behind MammoottySpecial .


Mammootty will be discussing his views on all the socio-political activities in which he is interested, through this blog.Bollywood stars like Aamir khan and Amithabh Batchchan are already into doing blogs, which is read widely allover the net.

'I-AM-MAMMOOTTY' - MAMMOOTTY BLOG LAUNCH AT 3.00 PM

Megastar Mammootty's Blog http://i-am-mammootty.blogspot.com will be launch at 3.00 PM. Till the launch only limited members can view the blog. After launching, everyone can enter to the blog  and access it.

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