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Paleri Manikkam to start rolling

Mammootty's Paleri Manikkam, directed by Ranjit is to start in Moogambika temple on July 3.

The film is a period crime thriller of a CBI officer who investigates a case which happened in the late 50's!

The film is based on a story serialised in Mathrubhumi weekly in the early 60's written by T.P Rajeevan. The story is based on the sensational Manikkam murder case that rocked Kerala in the 50's.

What makes the film interesting is that Mammootty will play a dual role as the CBI officer who re- investigates the case in 2009 and a feudal Muslim landlord who lived in the 50's and involved in the crime. There is no relationship between both the characters.

Writer and director Ranjit has taken all new actors, mainly people from the theatre to play important characters in the film.

All of them have been undergoing a one month training camp in Kozhikode on how to act on the screen! The courses were conducted by Murali Menon and Ranjit.

The important character of Manikkam will be played by the stage artist Mythali. Ranjit has also made changes in Rajeevan's original story to suit the taste of today's audiences.

The others in the cast are Sreenivasan, Vijayraghavan, Siddique and Sadiq. New cinematographer Prakash Kutty will be the cameraman, while music is by Biji Bal.

The film is being produced by K.V Anoop and Subair under the banner of Varnachitra Big Screen. 


Director Lohithadas Passes Away

Noted writer-director Lohithadas died today (June 28) around 10.50 in the morning, due to a massive heart attack at a private hospital in Kochi.

Ambazhathil Karunakaran Lohithadas (A. K. Lohithadas) was undoubtedly one of the finest script writers in Malayalam. He could be put in the same pedestal as the greats like M.T Vasudevan Nair, Thoppil Bhasi and Padmarajan.

Lohi died young at 54 and has written some of the finest scripts seeped in realism and had a human touch and pulled at your heart strings.

Like M.T. Vasudevan Nair and late Bharathan, Lohi was a script writer who understood the pulse of the Malayalees and his early films with Sibi Malayil were classic like Thaniavarthanam, Amaram, Kireedam, Dasaratham, His Highness Abdulla, Kamaladalam, before the director bug caught him.

All his early films had a Kerala milieu and told stories about the social and political issues prevailing in the society.

As a director he was mediocre, as he had to make commercial compromises. Some of his memorable films as a director were Bhoothakannadi, Kasturimaan, Aarayannangalude Veedu, Nivediyam.

Said Mammootty: “ Lohi's untimely death is a personal loss for me. He had understood my strengths and weaknesses and created characters that suited me. He told human stories which were rooted in Kerala culture”

Mammootty with Horns!

At the audio launch of Mammootty's Pattanathil Bhootham, the actor surprised everybody by coming for the function with a pair of red horns attached to his head!
Mammootty told Dileep, one of the guests at the function - “I had gone to Hong Kong, for shooting a song forDaddy Cool, and saw this horn at a wayside shop and picked it up. It remained me so much about the horn the friendly ghost wears in Pattanathil Bhootham

The music of Pattanathil Bhootham, by new music director Shaan Rahman (the guy who made the album ‘Coffee@MG Road’ with Vineeth Sreenivasan) is a hit.

The film is now almost certain to release in 111 screens on July 2.


Mammootty Fans Association Again in Tamilnadu

Megastar Mammootty's Fans Associations (MFWA) has now formed in Cuddalore district of Tamilnadu on 1st of June 2009.

Malayalees, Tamils and the north Indian students of Annamalai university are the members of this Fans Association.

It is rare in the history of Fans Associations that a group of students who belongs to different states is joining
together for a Fans association. Cuddalore district MFWA unit having members from Kerala, Tamilnadu and North Indian states like Jharghand, Maharashtra, Bihar and U.P.

The Cuddalore District Mammootty Fans and Welfare Association unit has also started their welfare programs in the first week of the formation. The members started their welfare activities by donating their blood to the ones who in need of blood in Rajah Muthiah Medical College Hospital (RMCH) in Annamalai University. The Medical College Authority heartly welcomed this charity and said they will support all the charities and reliefs planned under the association.

Mammootty is having a great audience and die-hard fans in Tamilnadu than any other actor in Malayalam. Recently Mammootty's Superhit Malayalam movie 'Roudram' has dubbed into Tamil as 'Nari' and released across Tamilnadu which received a very good response. The other Superhit Malayalam movies like Prajapathi and BigB are going to be dubbed to Tamil. Moreover, Mammootty-Arjun team's much anticipated bi-lingual Action movie Aruvadai (Vandemataram in Malayalam) is going to release soon. All above the magnum-opus Pazhassiraja is going to release in five languages, which includes Tamil.  Find below the details about the fans association:

Mammootty fans and Welfare Association, Cuddalore Dist, Tamilnadu (Mammootty Rasigar Mandram)
Reg. No - 90/2009

Executive Committee:-

President: Senthil Murugan P
Vice-Presidents: Rasheed C P
Hassan Junaid J M

General secretary: Rabin Rahim K M
Joint Secretery: Edin Prem Daniel
Shahab Sainul

Treasurer: Maneesh John

Executive Committee Members:-

*Rameez K

CONTACT NO: 04144 239411,9629338311
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Mammootty turns Producer, Distributor with Play House

Malayalam film superstar Mammootty Sunday geared up for a new role - that of a producer and distributor - with the inauguration of his production company named Play House.

The ribbon cutting ceremony of new company was done here by popular film personalities Siddique and Lal.

"The name of the company itself means theatre and hence it would be for both film and drama. Opportunities would be there for new faces in film and drama," Mammootty told reporters.

The actor has been one of the leading stars of the Malayalam film industry for the past 26 years and has put on the grease-paint in more than 300 films besides picking up three national awards for acting.

The company has lined up three films for distribution and one for production in which Mammootty will play the lead, the actor informed.

The first film to be distributed is Jayaram-starrer "Kana Kanmani" directed by Akku Akbar and the others films by award winning director Shyamaprasad and Lal Jose.
(The Hindu)

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Asianet Introduces Mammootty - Best Actor Award

Leading Malayalam Channel Asianet Introduces "Mammootty - Best actor award", to find the most talented actor in Kerala. Megastar Mammootty will select the most talented actor in Kerala, through the reality show.

Asianet invites applications for the show, ‘Mammootty-Best Actor Award,’ in which superstar Mammootty and his colleagues from the silver screen will find the most talented actor.

To participate in "Mammootty - Best Actor Award", you have to submit your Applications accompanied with bio-data and a colour photograph. It should be sent to the below address,

Mammootty- the Best Actor Award,
Asianet Communications Limited,
Puliyarakonam P.O,
Thiruvananthapuram 695 573

Get Ready to be the first winner of "Mammootty - Best Actor Award.

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Gracy Singh Confirmed as Mammootty's Heroine for Loudspeaker

It is confirmed that Bollywood actress Gracy Singh is the heroine of superstar Mammootty's forthcoming Loudspeaker, directed by Jayaraj. The actress will be in Trichur on June 10 for the shooting, sources said. Gracy Singh is said to be learning Malayalam, as Jayaraj is using sync sound for Loudspeaker.
Penned and produced by the director himself in association with Moser Baer Entertainments, Loudspeaker has Mammootty donning the role of 'Mike Gopalan', who always prefers to talk very loudly. The rest of the star cast includes Jagathy, Nedumudi Venu, Innocent, Salim Kumar, Siddique and others. Bijibal has scored the music.
Gracy Singh started her career as a member of the dance group 'The Planets'. Her histrionic talents in a television soap opera 'Amaanat' brought her movie offers. Though she acted in Hu Tu Tu (1999) and Hum Aapke Dil Mein Rehte Hain (1999), her biggest role was opposite Aamir Khan in Lagaan, where she played a village belle to perfection. Her other films are Munnabhai MBBS (2003), Santosham (2002), Wajahh: A Reason to Kill (2004), The White Land (2005) and Chooriyan (2007).


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Moserbaer Enters Malayalam, second film with Mammootty

Moser Baer, India Limited, a global technology major, is the world's second largest manufacturer of Optical Storage media. They are India’s largest home entertainment company who has forayed into content creation including film production.

Moser Baer Entertainment the film wing is into Hindi, Tamil and now Malayalam film production. Now they are going to produce and distribute two Malayalam films back to back. They are the first of the corporates to enter Malayalam film production and distribution.

The first of the lot is Kaana Kanmani, with which the blockbuster Veruthe Oru Bhariya team is making a comeback. The film written by K.Gireesh Kumar and directed by Akku Akbar will have Jayaram playing the common man again.

Padmapriya will replace Gopika who was part of the original team. Anto Joseph wil be the line producer of the film.The shoot of the film will start on June 22 in Peerumedu and it is slated for a Ramzan release.

Next in the pipeline for Moser Baer Entertainment is Jayaraj’s Loud Speakerwhich features Mammootty and Gracy Singh. 18 years after the super hit musical entertainer Johnny Walker, Jayaraj and Mammootty team up again in the film based on a script written by writer-director Renjit.

The title has been derived from the character Mammootty plays, 'Mike Gopalan', who always talks very loudly! Sabita Jayaraj will be the line producer of this film which is likely to be Mammootty’s Christmas release.

Meanwhile Moser Baer Entertainment is also talking to three other producers, for a Mohanlal, Prithviraj and a Dileep film, all in the pipeline.

Pattanathil Bhootham to release on June 25

Director Johnny Antony's most ambitious Mammootty starrer film Pattanathil Bhootham will release on June 25, after the monsoon season ends in Kerala.
The film which was originally scheduled to release on April 30 as Mammootty’s big summer film got delayed due to the graphic work and DI. Remember Mammooka is playing a dual role in the film as a circus bike jumper and a friendly ghost.

Kavya Madhavan who acted with Mammootty as a child artist in Azhagiya Ravanan, is playing is heroine for the first time. The others in the cast are Thilakan, Innocent, Sooraj Venjaranmoodu, new girl Sajita Betty etc.

It has potential to attract children and the family audiences. The music of the film is by Shaan Rahman, the music director of Vineeth Sreenivasan’s video album Coffee @ M.G Road . The story and screenplay is written by Sibi-Udayakrishnan team, who made a name for themselves with Twenty:20.

The film will be Mammootty’s widest ever release as Kutty Krishnan of Devaki Films the producer and distributor is planning to release it in 111 screens in Kerala on June 25.


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