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Rajan P Dev Passed Away

Versatile Malayalam actor Rajan P Dev, who was admitted to a private hospital following liver problems, passed away here early today . He was under treatment for liver disease for a long time. He is survived by his wife Santha, daughter Ashamma and son Jibile Raj. Funeral ceremony will be held Thursday at 11 am. A veteran theater artiste, Rajan P Dev had won state award for the best theater actor in 1984 and 86. Among several plays he acted, 'Kaattukuthira' was prominent one, which was, in fact, a turning point in his life. Dev immortalised the character Kochu Vava in the hit play "Kattukuthira" that was staged over a thousand times across Kerala.

In a career spanning close to three decades, he acted in about 180 films, including those in Tamil, Telegu and Kannada. It was his unique ability to add humor to villainous characters. Dev's last film was "Ee Patanathil Bhootham", starring superstar Mammootty, which is currently running in theatres.

Kutty Sranku to premiered in Montreal

Finally Mammootty's prestigious Kutty Sranku, directed by the internationaly reputed Malayalam director Shaji.N Karun is being premierd at the 2009 - Montreal International Film Festival to be held between August 27 to September 7.

Kutty Sranku will have its first offical screening at the "Great Film Section" of the festival, where Woody Allen and noted Iranian director Majidi Majidi's new films are also going to be shown. The film is produced by Anil Ambani's Reliance Big Pictures.

The film is set in the late 50's and Mammootty plays a boat driver who runs a cargo service and during the course of his journey meets three women in three different islands in the backwaters of Kerala- Kamaleene Mukerjee, Meena Kumari and Padmapriya and his relationship with them.

The film has a camerawoman in Anjali Shukla, a former Santosh Sivan assisstant who is debuting as a cinematographer with the film.

Mammootty launches reality show to find fresh talent

Malayalam superstar Mammootty, who promised to launch fresh faces through his recently launched production company Play House, has started a talent hunt show in search of new faces.

The reality show titled 'Mammootty, The Best Actor Award 2009', went on air on Asianet TV Saturday.

'Sixteen contestants have been selected and each of them will have to perform on the reality show. This is just to give talented youngsters an opportunity to come out,' said the three-time national award winning actor.

Among the 16 selected, 10 are men and most of the participants are in their early 20s. They were shortlisted from among more than 1,000 aspirants.
There will 13 episodes that would be telecast every Saturday. The grand finale will take place in October in Dubai where Mammootty will announce the winners.
Yesteryears actress Sheela, ace comedian Jagathy Sreekumar along with Urvasi, Sreenivasan, Nedumudi Venu and popular director Siddique are judging the show.
Mammootty is the chairman of the Communist Party of India-Marxist backed Kairali TV, but he launched his reality show on a competitor's channel. Asked why he did so, the superstar laughed and said: 'The proposal came from Asianet and I felt it was a good idea and agreed.

'My job in the reality show is limited. Since it was the first episode that was aired last night (Saturday), I decided to be present. I have committed that the films produced by my production house will feature many contestants,' said the actor who is known for his powerful performances in movies like 'Aalkootathil Thaniye', 'Adiyozhukkukal', 'Oru CBI Diary Kurippu', 'Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha' and 'Mathilukal'.
After being active in the Malayalam film industry for 26 years and featuring in more than 300 films and picking up three national awards for his performances, Mammootty launched Play House in June this year.
So far the company has three films for distribution and one for production, in which Mammootty will play the lead.


Gowri Munjal pairing with Mammootty

Making her successful debut with Puneet Rajkumar’s Kannada flick Namma Basava, Gowri Munjal has acted in Allu Arjun’s Telugu hit Bunny and Kannada films including Gandana Mane opposite Shivarajakumar and Jaaji Mallige opposite Ajay.
The actress has really come a long way in her acting career and would now be seen paired opposite non-other-than Malayalam superstar Mammootty in his forthcoming investigative thriller Palery Manikyam, to be directed by Ranjit.
The film is being produced by A.V. Anoop and Subair under the banner of AVM Productions and Varnachithra Big Screen. The flick is based on a famous novel ‘Palery Maanikyam- Oru Paathira Kolapathakathinte Katha’ by T.P. Rajeevan, first published in Mathrubhumi as a weekly serial and revolves around a village girl Manikkam, who is brutally raped and murdered on the 11th day of her marriage.

Mammootty in and as 'Pramaani'

When Smart City and I G with Sureshgopi, just managed to sneak through the box office, Mohanlal's Madambi turned out to be a smashing hit and catapulted B Unnikrishnan to the league of promising scriptwriters.

N Unnikrishnan is gearing up for his next project with Mammootty in the lead which is to be titled as Pramaani. Akin to the role essayed by Mohanlal in Madambi, the role portrayed by Mammootty will have shades of grey as well. He will be seen as the corrupt Panchayath President Raghavapanikkar.

Others in the cast include Jagathy Sreekumar, Nedumudi Venu, Suraaj Venjaramoodu and Salim Kumar. With the shooting planned to start towards the fag end of this year, the movie is expected to hit the theatres in March 2010.

Mammootty-Shafi back with Chattambinaadu

Mammootty and director Shafi have churned out hits like Mayavi and Thommanum Makkalum. Now the most sought after team is once again uniting for a new venture Chattambinaadu. Like their previous movies this will also be another comedy movie, with action cleverly interspersed into the film.

Mammootty will don the role of Veerendra Mallayya, a Karnataka based estate owner. Most striking highlight of the movie is the accent which will truly have the Kannada flavour to it. If the Thiruvananthapuram version of Malayalam has had an impact on the audience in Rajamanikyam, then the Kannada accent in Chattambinaadu will also work wonders at the box office.
With the script by Benny P Nayarambalam, Chattambinaadu has three heroines for our superstar Mammootty. Produced by Mammootty's Playhouse, the movie will also have Mukesh essaying a pivotal role.

Mammootty's Daddy Cool on July 30

Mammootty’s new film Daddy Cool, written and directed by debutant Ashik Abu has confirmed its release date as July 30.

There is only a gap of three weeks between Pattanathil Bhootham and another commercial children film of the megastar Daddy Cool!
It is a cool, humorous and thrilling story of a laidback police officer Antony Simon played by Mammootty, who is very fond of his six year old son and likes to play cricket and laze around with him than attending office!
Richa Palod is playing Mammootty’s heroine in this film, which also has Vijayraghavan, Baburaj, and Biju Menon. Production Manager Alvin Antony and Bose Kurian are making the film under the banner of Aninya Films and is distributed by Marakkar films.

Daddy Cool will be marketed as Mammootty’s Onam release even though the festival is in the first week of September. Please note Noyambu (Ramzan fasting) period starts on August 21, so the film will get a clean three weeks run before that.

Ee Pattanathil Bhootham - Review

Welcome to a fantasyland folks, where director Johny Antony's Ee Pattanathil Bhootham happens. It's a world where a friendly ghost manages to escape from a fiery wizard and eventually saves a few from certain danger. Remember, that this film is aimed at the children and once bear that in mind, things will start making sense.

The film opens with a ‘Manthravadi’ (Pithamagan Mahadevan) an evil magician spiriting away a friendly ghost (Mammootty with horns) to obey to his commands and make money through crime. Meanwhile a group of kids and their benefactors are held hostage in a circus camp by the baddies, who has taken over the show.

Ancy (Kavya) is coming back from Delhi, to take charge of the circus company founded by her father Philipose (Janaradhanan), who was found murdered. On reaching there, she is told that her father was stabbed to death by a bike-jumper named Jimmy (Mammootty).

In fact Jimmy, his foster father Krishnettan (Innocent), aide Sisupalan (Suraj Venjarammood) and a gang of street children were all invited by Philipose to join his circus group.

Meanwhile the ghost (Mammootty, in his other role) appears, becomes friendly with the kids and takes a more stylish shape of Jimmy. Thanks to the ghost, Ancy realizes that Jimmy was innocent in the whole issue. Now the battle between the good and evil begins.

Now haven't we seen the friendly ghost playing the savior and friend, some twenty five years back in My dear Kuttichathan, which had the world looking at Malayalam films with awe for its genuine experiments and technical brilliance?

Johnny Antony has borrowed liberally from old Bollywood hits like Mr.India and Brahmachari. The film may certainly not be in that league, but it still could qualify as a decent entertainer.

The plus points of the film are Mammootty’s all round performance, especially in comic scenes. He does not romance Kavya, and the film is made for children there are no smutty language or scenes. It’s clean fun all the way. On the downside the plot is amateurish and predictable, with no twist in the tale and is too long. It looks more like a kids stage play than a mass entertainer.

Mammootty looks eminently handsome and is evidently at ease playing both his avatars, though it would have been better if he had used his trademark voice for the ghost as well. Kavya Madhavan has nothing much to do other than look pretty and play to the tunes of the hero.

Suraj Venjarammood, who plays the dumb sidekick and Salimkumar, as a stupid cop, scores with their comic acts. Mahadevan who plays the wicked magician, looks convincing in his role.

Utpal V Nayanar's visuals and Shaan Rahman's music are among the highlights of the film. The song Mamarangale… is a nice melody and has been shot well. The special effects and computer graphics is the best we have seen in recent times.

Here is a comedy caper that will work with its target audiences, the kids who are sure going to lap it up.


Mammootty's Website to re-launch today, with more Interactive Features

Malayalam superstar Mammootty's website is set to get a new look, have more interactive features and would include a blood bank service too.

The veteran actor said it could now be called a portal and not just a website as is more exhaustive than before.
"The highlight of the re-launched site is that it would be more interactive. Besides, it would offer a slew of community services that include a blood bank where anyone wanting blood can log on to the site. Through this one can find out the person in his or her locality who would be willing to provide blood. This blood bank will be operated with the help of my fans' association," Mammootty told IANS.

The National Award winning actor will officially re-launch the website here Sunday evening.

The new portal will have an elaborate interactive forum for his fans apart from details about the star and his upcoming projects. But won't this give people a platform to write negative views as well?
"See, freedom of expression need not be curbed... and let anyone write what they want. I am sure only when the freedom of expression is there, I can do introspection. So let people write and express themselves," Mammootty said.

The re-launch of the website comes just ahead of his new film's release. "Pattanathil Bhootham", a much-awaited entertainer, releases later this week.
"I am certainly happy with the film but then it is the audience who have to do the rest. My hands are full with two more (movies) in the final stages of production and 'Pazhazzi Raja', a mega film, is also slated for release during Ramadan," said Mammootty, who has worked in over 300 films.
The actor recently turned producer and distributor too with the launch of his production company called Play House last month.
(Source: The Hindu)

Mammootty acts like Jayan in Bhootham Song!

Mammootty is going to bring the house down in a remix song from the late action hero Jayan’s 1980 film Love in Singapore, for his Pattanathil Bhootham.

The song has Mammootty dressed up to resemble Jayan of the late 70’s in a garish yellow bell bottoms and red giant size collar shirt tucked in with a huge belt with a mega size buckle. Those who saw a clipping of this comedy remix song, says it is hilarious.

Mammootty dances with Suraj Venjaranmoodu dressed as a girl, to the hit song from the Jayan film Chaam Chakka Chom Chakka…, which was sung by Jayachandran and P.Susheela and tuned by Shankar Ganesh. The remix of the popular number has been done by Shaan Rahman in Pattanathil Bhootham.

(Source : Sify)

Pattanathil Bhootham Release again Postponed to July 9

Mammootty’s big budget action, comedy family entertainer Pattanathil Bhootham, directed by Johnny Antony which was schedule to release on July 2, has now been postponed by a week to July 9.
The graphics work of the film is taking time, which is the cause for the delay. The producers of the film Benjamin and Kutty Krishnan of Hibright Films are confident about their product.

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Mammootty's double role again in Paleri Manikkam

Paleri Manikkam by Renjith with Mammootty in the lead role is a crime thriller with a CBI officer probing into a murder case which had occurred in the 1950s. The movie is based on a story by T P Rajeevan which appeared in the Mathrubhoomi weekly in the 1960s. The story itself is based on the real life murder case that rocked the Kerala scenario in the 50s.

An interesting aspect of the movie is that Mammootty will be seen in a dual role as that of a CBI officer who comes to re-investigate the case in 2009 and a feudal Muslim landlord who lived in the 50s and is linked to the crime. But there would be no connection between the two characters. Many new artistes have been chosen for some key roles in the movie like Mythili as Manikkam.

Sreenivasan, Vijayaraghavan, Siddique and many other eminent artistes can be seen in key roles in the movie. The shooting of Paleri Manikkam will commence on July 3 at Mookambika temple.


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