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Mammootty to dub for Shikari

Malayalam super star Mammotty has completed the shooting of his bilingual film Shikari directed by the award winning director Abhay Simha.

Simha had won the National Award for his first Kannada directorial ventureGubbachchigalu which also won the Best Children`s Film Award from the Karnataka State Government. 

The film has been shot in Bengaluru, Mysore and at a 135 year old house near a village in the Theerthahalli Taluk of Shimoga district. Mumbai based actor Poonam Bajwa who has already acted with Darshan in Thagigaagi is the heroine. 

"Mammotty sir is dubbing for both the versions of the film", says Abhay Simha who is now involved in the post-production work of the film. "He has told me that he will take some extra time for dubbing, but will definitely dub for even the Kannada version", says Abhay Simha.

Innocent and Tini Tom are part of the Malayalam version. Audithya and Mohan play important roles in the Kannada version which also has Neenasam Achyutha, Aswath and

Best Actor Review

Best Actor is a Super Hit!!

Debutant director Martin Prakkat’s Best Actor is about a school teacher, who wants to become a film actor.
He has to go through hardships and some shameful treatments, just like any other wannabe actor, but things really go out of hand when he joins a goonda gang to earn some ‘original experience’. Well, it is a nice and simple story but the problem here is that it too predictable and lacks the fizz to a great extent.

Mohan (Mammootty) teaches in a school, but dreams about getting into films. He approaches several filmmakers for a role, without any success. His wife Savitri (Sruthi Ramakrishna) and their son, is confident about his credentials and always support him, in his attempts to get a break.

There is an inherent sincerity about the film, which is to be appreciated. Mammootty has given his heart and soul to his character, of a person who is never a conventional ‘macho-hero’. It is amazing that an actor of his experience and stature could handle the role in such an understated manner. But the film takes too much time in its narration and things often get painfully slow at several occasions.

Lal, Nedumudi Venu, Salim Kumar and Vinayakan are part of a criminal gang and the story gets some pace with their entry. The four make the whole atmosphere quite lively with their mannerisms and the peculiar ‘Kochi slang’. They pep up the scenes with some witty one-liners initially, but soon after some of those dialogues get unacceptably vulgar.

The story often moves ahead without a definite direction right from the beginning and the lack of an interesting script is evident mostly. The highly conventional way that the film unfurls also tends to be a letdown. Some of the scenes and even dialogues have been inspired from yesteryear films in the genre.

The visuals are good and the music is just about okay. Sreenivasan has a brief role as a film director and some of the mainstream filmmakers from Malayalam like Lal Jose, Ranjith and Blessy among others also appear in the film which gives some kind of believability to the storyline. The rest of the cast, including Kannada actor Sruthi Ramakrishna, has performed pretty fine

However, Best actor is in full swing and it is sure that it will become a Megahit of Megastar Mammootty.

MammoottySpecial Rating : 4/5

Mammootty turns Film Maker

The actor's first venture as a producer will be a follow-up to the award-winning Mathilukal

It's the last schedule of his debut Kannada film, Shikari, and Malayalam superstar Mammootty is already speaking a smattering of Kannada. "Kannada isn't very different from Malayalam and if you listen carefully you can easily understand it," says Mammootty. But more than the language, it's the songs that excite Mammootty about his stint in Sandalwood. "I've realised that Kannada films have beautiful songs. Like Malayalam, Kannada songs are heavily influenced by Carnatic music. That's what makes them special," he says.
With the Abhay Simha-directed Shikari set to go into post-production, Mammootty is ready to move back to home territory. His Best Actor is ready for release and Best of Luck and August 15 are shaping up nicely, he says as he flicks out his iPad and scans the posters of his forthcoming movies.

The next couple of months are going to be action-packed. Not only will he be busy with new films and a reality TV show, but also with planning his first home production. "Since we launched the production house, we were concentrating on distributing other films. But now the time is right to launch our own production, Mathilukalkapuram," says the actor. But it's not a sequel to the 1989 film Adoor Gopalakrishnan-directed Mathilukal, which won Mammootty a National Award for Best Actor. "It's an extension to Mathilukal. It takes off where Mathilukal ends," says Mammootty, adding that the search is still on for a female lead, "preferably someone who can speak fluent Malayalam."

The actor is also looking forward to coming back to the city with a cultural programme put together by Malayalam film artistes for the benefit of their association, AMMA. "The industry rallied together to make Twenty-Twenty to raise money for a pension fund for ailing artistes. We figured that cultural shows taken across cities raise funds far easier. One such show should see me coming back to the city sometime in February," he says.

Best Actor Preponed

Mammootty's comedy riot Best Actor, where famous fashion photographer Martin Prakkat debuts as director was to release on November 26.

Later when Mammootty's Christmas release August 15 was postponed, Best Actor became the star's replacement festival release.

Now the latest we hear is that the film has been preponed to December 9. Along with Mammootty, there is strong supporting cast headed by Lal, Nedumudi Venu, Salim Kumar, Vinayagan and a special cameo by Sreenivasan in a pivotal role.

The film has good songs by Bijibal is produced by leading caterer Naushad under the banner of Big screen Entertainments.

It is a smart move by Mammootty and his distribution company Play House to release Best Actor on December 9.

It gets them one week free run without any competition. The other big Christmas releases are Mohanlal's Kandahar on Dec 16, Kamal Haasan's Manmadhan Ambu on Dec 17 and Dileep's Mariyum Kunjadum on Dec 24.

Tamilnadu CM’s gift to ‘Ambedkar’ producers

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi on Friday presented a cheque for Rs 10 lakh to the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), which had produced a film on Dr Ambedkar, starring Mammootty in lead.

An official press release said the Chief Minster presented the cheque to National Film Development Corporation Deputy General Manager D Ramakrishnan at the Secretariat in Chennai.

“The decision to present the cheque was taken as the film is being screened in the State,” official sources said. Tamil Nadu Information Minister Parithi Illamvazhuthi and other higher officials were present.

A long pending project, the film throws light on the life and times of Ambedkar, the man behind India’s constitution. Mammootty once described it as his one of his important projects.

Mammootty among three conferred D.Litt by Calicut University

The Kerala Governor Mr R.S. Gavai, who is Chancellor of the Calicut University, on Thursday conferred honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt) degree on three prominent personalities including actor Mammootty at a function here.
Mammootty received the degree in person while the nominees of Freedom fighter Captain Lakshmi Sahgal and historian Irfan Habib, received the degree from Gavai, at a special convocation held at the university campus at Tenhipalam, in Malappuram district.

Captain Lakshmi Sehgal was very active in the independence movement of India and commanded the 'Rani of Jhansi Regiment of INA, formed by Subhash Chandra Bose. A doctor by profession, she is still active as a medical practitioner and a social worker. She was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 1998.

Prof Irfan Habib, a historian of international repute, was born on August 12, 1931 in Gujarat. He is presently Professor Emeritus at Aligarh Muslim University. He has served as Chairman of the Indian Council of Historical Research, President of the Indian History Congress and Fellow of British Royal History Society.

Acclaimed as one of the greatest living historians of India today, his interpretations of history from a Marxist perspective have received internatonal recognition. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2005.

Mohammed Kutty, better known as Mammootty, was born on September 7, 1953 at Vaikom in Kottayam district of Kerala. A prominent actor of the Malayalam film industry, he has won three National Film Awards besides several state awards. With over 300 films to his credit in Malayalam and other languages, Mammootty continues to be a leading artist of Indian Cinema. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1998.

Ananth Mahadevan to direct Mammootty

Kerala born actor –director Ananth Narayan Mahadevan, who made much name in Bollywood as a film maker, will soon call the shots for a Mammootty flick.

Ananth who already has presented many films in Hindi like 'Dil Vil Pyar Vyar', Victoria No203, Aksar, Anjaam and Red Alert the war within, was interacting with the media at the Goa festival, when he announced his project with the Malayalam superstar.

The director has one of his movie's 'Mee Sindhutai Sapkal' being screened as the inaugural film of the Panorama section of the year's International Film festival.

Ananth Mahadevan's Malayalam movie is scripted by C P Surendran. The script is complete and the director is waiting for the dates of Mammootty.

Mammootty to launch Best Actor audio

The audio of Mammootty's Best Actor will be released by the mega star himself in Kozhikode.

Mammootty is coming directly from Mysore, from the location of his Kannada flick Shikkar, and the function will be taking place at Kadavu Resort. 

The road show conducted by Best Actorteam for the promotion will also reach Kozhikode on the same day.
The unique promo show has already become the talk of the town. 

The show had completed the first round through all the major towns in Kerala. Mammootty flagged off the road show two weeks back in Trivandrum.

‘I am growing as an actor’ : Mammootty

Actor Mammootty, who is in the City to shoot for his first Kannada film ‘Shikari’, shares his thoughts with Metrolife.

selective  MammoottyKoothkolli (please seat down), says the man in front of you, leaving your heart jump into your mouth.

For he is none other than Malayalam actor Mammootty (popularly called Mammookka), speaking in Kannada, the language he’s learning to speak fluently.

“Is it Koothkoli or Koothkolo?” he asks and his producer is quick to clarify the difference.
 Mammootty was in the City to shoot for his first Kannada commercial venture Shikari, directed by Abhay Simha.

Mammootty is known to be very selective with his scripts and Shikari is no exception.
 “It’s a fascinating tale. A gripping story well told. I play the character of a software engineer. We were once slaves to the British and now thanks to software, there’s what is called the intellectual slavery. So as a software engineer, I am a slave to technology in the film. And on the flip side, I also play a freedom fighter from the pre-independence era. So it’s really two characters in one,” Mammootty says.

He talks more about his character. “I am fascinated by a character in a novel. I believe she exists and begin to feel her presence. And finally I do meet the character in flesh and blood. It might be unbelievable but it's true. It’s not the usual stuff you see in the movies,” he reveals.

Mammootty is all set to produce his first ever Malayalam film.  “The script is ready. I am looking out for a heroine who can speak flawless Malayalam. I insist that the heroine must know the language because we will be capturing the original sound,” he says while he turns to his 3G iPad and of course his iPhone which he lugs around wherever he goes.
Are gadgets another fancy? “I picked this up during my last visit to the US. We all have a child in us and children get excited when they see a toy and I am no different. Technology fascinates me,” he beams.

About his own production again, he says, “It will be an extension, not a sequel to Madilugal (a film that won Mammootty a national award). Resool Pookutty will be doing the sound for the film and work will begin sometime in March.”

And as always, there’s no dearth of films for this actor. He will be seen as an unscrupulous police officer in August 15, a sequel of Sibi Malayil’s 1988 movie August 1.
“The same story is tweaked a little. The Chief Minister’s life is under threat and the assassin is still at large and the officer-in-charge begins his investigation. It’s a thriller,” he explains.

In Best Actor, Mammootty plays the role of a school master who aspires to be an actor. Does he succeed? “That’s for you to go and watch the movie,” he quips.

Thirty odd years in cinema behind him, is there any character that Mammootty would like to essay?  “There are so many but I don’t think one lifetime would be enough. People always say that my last film is the best film,” he says and adds, “I believe that with every new movie, I am growing as an actor.”

Mammootty says it’s hard to define good cinema. “This debate is endless. It’s like asking me whether you can classify commercial and aesthetically well-done film. Cinema is an art form. It sometimes goes commercial and at other times, is aesthetically sound. I do both,” he sums up.

(Deccan Herald)

Calicut University confered D.Litt. on Mammootty

The University of Calicut will confer honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) degrees on film actor Mammootty, freedom fighter Captain Lakshmi Sahgal, and historian Irfan Habib at a special convocation to be held on the campus on Thursday.
Governor R.S. Gavai, who is Chancellor of the university, will confer the degrees. Mr. Mammootty will accept the honour in person when Mr. Habib and Ms. Sahgal will be represented by their deputies.
Apart from these three, Calicut University Syndicate had decided to confer honorary D.Litt. on Malayalam novelist Kovilan also. But his death in June this year deprived him of the topmost degree of the university as the statutes of the university do not permit conferring of a degree posthumously.
The convocation will be held at a specially raised stage in front of the C.H. Mohammed Koya Memorial Central Library. Minister for Education M.A. Baby, who is Pro-Chancellor of the university, will attend the function.
Academic procession
The Senate will meet at a temporary senate house at the venue at 11.40 a.m. and ratify the conferral of D.Litt. degrees. The Chancellor will reach the senate house at 12 noon, and will join an academic procession to the convocation venue.
Members of the Syndicate and Senate will lead the procession, followed by members of the Academic Council, Registrar, Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Chancellor, and Chancellor in order.
The convocation is scheduled to begin at 12.05 p.m. and conclude by 1 p.m. It will be a holiday for the university on Thursday.
The Governor reached university campus on Wednesday afternoon. Security on the campus has been stepped up. Only invitees will be allowed to attend the convocation, said university authorities.
Previous awardees
So far, the university conferred honorary D.Litt. degrees on 12 persons. They were M.M. Ghani, educationalist and first Vice-Chancellor of Calicut University; K.P. Kesava Menon, freedom fighter and founder of ‘Matrubhumi' newspaper; S.K. Pottekkad, writer; Vaikom Mohammed Basheer, writer; N.V. Krishna Warrier, writer and editor; V.R. Krishna Iyer, jurist; Aryavaidyan P.K. Warrier, chief physician and managing trustee of Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala; M.T. Vasudevan Nair, writer; M.F. Husain, artist; Arun Nigavekar, educationalist and former chairman of the University Grants Commission; Amrik Singh, educationalist; and Kamala Suraiyya, writer.

August 15 Postponed

Leading producer Aroma Mani has informed the theatres that his Mammootty Christmas release August 15, directed by Shaji Kailas has been postponed. 

Due to heavy rains in Thiruvananthapuram, the last outdoor schedule of the film was washed away, hence the delay.
The latest we hear is that Mammootty'sBest Actor directed by Martin Prakkat which was scheduled to release on December 3 will now be postponed to December 24.

So Best Actor will be Mammootty's Christmas release.
Meanwhile the buzz is that August 15will now release on January 21.

New generation stars aren't arrogant: Mammootty

We have certain instances to believe that some young stars in Malayalam films are arrogant, though others may call it a “bold act”! To name a recent case, young superstar Prithviraj recently told a prominent daily, "Those who don't like me need not see my films." But megastar Mammootty does not feel that new generation stars are arrogant!

"I don't think the youngsters are devoid of respect towards their seniors. At least, I have never had such an experience. We need to remember that this is an entirely new generation. Their behaviour is bound to be different. They wouldn't think like people belonging to another generation,' Mammootty said during an interview with a popular film weekly.

"Arrival of new stars is a continuous process that goes on. Those who have real talent would survive. There are several talented youngsters today. I wouldn't name any one particular person, because then it would be discouraging to the rest," Mammootty added.


Mammootty shoots in Bengaluru for Shikari

Megastar Mammootty was in Bengaluru on Friday and Saturday, shooting a stunt scene for his first Kannada-Malayalam bilingual Shikari. He had a very jovial and pleasure-filled afternoon at the Sapota Garden in Bangalore Palace with the Kannada film media, who were thrilled at his simplicity. Mammootty's actions surprised all. Why? They resembled those of Dr. Vishnuvardhan, who used to be similar in his attitude with media persons. Dr. Vishnuvardhan always came close to media after his formal address and interacted with them in a friendly manner; so did Mammootty.

Mammootty was very keen in explaining his intense role in the film. He plays a software techie who gets deeply involved in a novel he reads and later becomes one of the characters in the same novel.

Director Abhay Simha, who is directing Shikari, said that history has the answers for present problems. The award winning director of Gubbachchigalu also spared a few moments for the media. Abhay Simha has already shot Shikari for 47 days, in which the major schedule was at Thirthahalli in Shimoga running for 27 days. The action director of Singam and Naan Mahan Alla was capturing the stunt scenes in Bengaluru.

Producer K. Manju was extremely happy with the way Mammootty handled the film and said Mammootty is a perfectionist. The climax sequence will be shot on December 10th. The film is scheduled for March 2011 release.

Mammootty in Bombay March 12

Babu Janardhanan casts Mammootty in his first movie, Bombay March 12.
Babu Janardhanan had taken us back to the time of the emergency and naxalism in Thalappavu, the film which he had scripted and was directed by Madhupal. And now, with his debut directorial venture, Babu Janardhanan, who has also scripted films like Achchanurangaatha Veedu, Avan Chaan-diyude Makanand Vasthavam, goes down memory lane once again.
Bombay March 12, which is Babu Janardhanan’s debut directorial venture, has Mammootty in the lead and goes back in time, to the early 1990’s. The film zooms in on the Mumbai riots of 1993 and strives to talk about the sufferings of the common people during those turbulent times.
Says Babu Janar-dhanan, “Yes, the project is confirmed. Though shooting dates are yet to be confirmed, we plan to begin it in March or April’.


Bhavana thrilled about being in Mammootty's dreams!

Bhavana is all thrilled about being in Megastar Mammootty's dreams. The actress would appear in a cameo in the Megastar's latest film 'Doubles'.

Tapasi is Mammootty's heroine in the film, and would be wearing a purdah for a major portion of the film. The hero who doesn't get to see the girl, dreams of a sequence where he hopes that the girl would look like Bhavana.

Vayalasr Sarath has written the lyrics of the song in which Bhavana would make an appearance, and James Vasanth has composed the music. The song would be shot at Pondicherry.

'Doubles' is being directed by Sohan Seenulal and has Nadia Moithu doing a major role along with Mammootty.

Mammootty fined by the traffic police!

Megastar Mammootty was caught riding a motor bike without wearing a helmet in the capital city. The traffic police fined the actor much to the amusement of the onlookers.

It was only later that the crowd understood that the actor was taking part in the shooting of his latest film 'August 15', directed by Shaji Kailas.

S N Swamy, the script writer of the film has included a scene in the film, where Perumal, the super cop that Mammootty plays in the film rides a bike without a helmet. Perumal is stopped by the traffic police, and though he shows his official identification card, he remits a fine to the traffic police officials.

The scenes were shot before the Golf Club. In the film that is being completed at a rapid pace, Mammootty plays a continuation of the character that Swami had created for the film 'August 1', years back.

Mammootty Owes the Award To Sathyan

Versatile actor Mammootty said yesterday that he owed the depth in his acting to the late thespian Sathyan, whose 99th birth anniversary was marked in the city.

“I am indebted to Sathyan sir for the formation of a complete actor in me. In the initial days as an actor I had followed Sathyan’s style and patterns,” said Mamootty, after receiving the Sathyan Memorial Award inducted by Kerala Cultural Form on Tuesday here at Sathyan Memorial Hall.

“It is him who guided the actor in me. In the initial days of my career I used to imitate his acting styles in front of a mirror. It all nurtured me as a good actor,” he said.

The 99th birthday celebrations of Sathyan and the prize distributing ceremony were inaugurated by V Surendran Pillai, minister for Youth and Port Affairs.

D Devaprasad, general secretary of the forum, welcomed the gathering, while Thirupuram J Yesudas presided over the function.

Political leaders like G Karthikeyan, N Sakthan MLA, Neelalohithadasan Nadar, and Satheesh Sathyan, son of the late actor, were present at the function.

Mammootty as 'Perumal' in August 15

Mammootty-Shaji Kailas teamed up again for the next project `August 15′, which began its shoot at Thiruvanathapuram. Mammootty dons the role of a police officer  named `Perumal’, the protagonist in `August1′. M. Mani is producing the film under the banner of Aroma Movies. This will be Mani’s 59th film to be produced. S.N Swami, the veteran scenarist said, `August 15′ will not be a sequel of `August 1′. It will be entirely different, except the inclusion of  character Perumal. All the other characters will be new and will not hold any relation to `August 1′ .   

`August 15′  moves around the ultimate motive of a group who attempted to assassinate chief minister. Perumal, a police officer was appointed for investigation. He was completely in dark about the intrigues and plot of the antagonist. Meghna Naidu will don the role of a cyber crime officer Lekshmi in the film. Other cast includes Madhu, Lalu Alex, Nedumudi Venu, Bala Chandran Chullikad, Kochu Preman, Biju Pappan and others.

Sathyan Memorial Award for Mammootty

Malayalam superstar Mammootty has been chosen for this year's Sathyan memorial award, instituted by the Kerala Cultural Forum.

Mammootty was chosen for the award in recognition of his acting talents and contributions to Malayalam cinema in the last three decades, award committee chairman and actor-director Madhupal told reporters here.

The award carries a cash prize of Rs 25,001, statuette and citation.

The award would be presented to Mammootty at a function on the 99th birth anniversary day of renowned actor Sathyan on November 9 at the Sathyan memorial hall here, he said.

Pranchiyettan to celebrate 50 days

Mammootty's Ranjith directedPranchiyettan and the Saint has turned out to be a path breaking phenomenon of the year. 

The film has been critically acclaimed and at the same time a box-office hit.

Now Ranjith and his team are planning to celebrate it in a big way at Pranchiyettan's home town Thrissur. 

The celebrations would be held in a big way on October 30th evening at the prestigious Lulu Convention Center in Thrissur.  Most of the film was shot in and around Thrissur.

The film is running in full house at  Ramdas in Thrissur but the 50th day celebration will take place at Lulu Centre. 

Mammootty who is busy in the shooting for his Shaji Kailas directed August 15 at Trivandrum will take a break for a day to attend the function.


Poonam Bajwa to act with Mammootty

Malayalam megastar Mammootty is making his debut in the Kannada film industry with the bilingual movie Shikari. He is going to act with the 21-year-old Punjabi girl Poonam Bajwa in the movie.

Poonam has earlier acted in Telugu and Tamil films. She will be playing the female lead role in both the Kannada and Malayalam versions of the film.
In the Malayalam version, the film will have a different title because it has already been used in one of the Malayalam films starring Mohanlal.
Poonam Bajwa debuted in the Kannada film industry with the film Thangigaagi, in which she played Darshan's sister. She has also acted in films like Boss I Love You, Kacheri Arambam, Tenavattu, Thambikottai, Premante, Veduka and Paragu.

Director Abhay Simha has already completed the second schedule of this bilingual film near Thirthahalli. The shooting of the main portion of the film has already been completed. The final schedule of Shikari will be done at Mysore in November.
K Manju is producing the film and V Harikrishna has composed the music. The villain of the movie is Malayalam actor Innocent. Actors like Mohan, Aditya, Ninasam Ashwath, Achyuth, Sharath Lohitashva and others are in supporting roles.

Asiavision Awards:Mammootty bags Best Actor

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 20 (PTI) `Pranchiyettan and the Saint' directed by Ranjith was adjudged the best film and Shaji N Karun was chosen best director for his film `Kuttysrank' in the fourth Asiavision awards which were announced here today. The awards are instituted by Asiavision, a Dubai-based advertising company. Mammootty was chosen as the best actor and Meera Jasmine best female actor. Sreenivasan was selected for the lifetime achievement award while M G Sreekumar won the award for best music director. The awardees were chosen through popular votes by film lovers across the world on the Asiavision website, Sebastian Joseph of Amalia perfumes, one of the sponsors of the awards, said. Nissar Syed of Asiavision was also present. Other awardees are: Siddique (supporting actor), Kalpana (supporting actress), Anne Augustine (new face of the year), Innocent (outstanding performance), Karthik, Swetha Menon (singers) and Vineeth Sreenivasan (debut director). Asiavision would also honour Tamil actor Arya, Academy award winner Resul Pookutty, popular director Shankar (enthiran) and singer Benny Dayal at the award nite to be held at Sharjah cricket stadium on November 5, Syed said. The cash prizes attached to the awards would be announced later by the various sponsors of the event, he said.

I'm like a hard working farmer: Mammootty

"I am like a farmer. A farmer always works hard in his field and his only prayer is that his crop should be a bumper one. Similarly, I always put in my very best and then wait hopefully like the farmer," Mammootty told us in an interview on the sets of his latest movie 'August 15'.

"The success of a film is always a combination of many people's efforts. I believe in the theory that one cannot make a good film, it just happens," Mammootty said.

"I honestly don't feel any greatness at all. It is just simple and that is because I do work really hard," he said.

Mammootty also said he was very careful about choosing his films.

"A good deal of my effort goes into the selection of films because these things cannot be just predicted; so I am careful about the movies I finally do. Next year too I will have four or five films where I play different roles," he said.

Asked about a hospital project in Bangalore he is reportedly part of, Mammootty said: "I am not into the project. My son and daughter are into a boutique hospital, Motherhood, in Bangalore, which will soon open. I have no role in that."

He said his business interests include a distribution company called Playhouse, and he is hopeful of venturing into film production next year.

"Hopefully it (production) should happen next year. It would not just be limited to my films," he said.

Does he have plans to direct as well?

"Right now, I know one job, with which I am fine," he said, smiling.

The superstar, who turned 57 last month, was dismissive of reported problems in the Malayalam film industry.

"Tell me one industry where there are no problems. Whatever problems are there are similar to the problems faced elsewhere," he said.

Speaking about his role in 'August 15', he said it was based on the film 'August 1', which released 22 years ago.

"I play Perumal, a police officer, and the film is an investigative thriller. Repeating a character makes it easy because in the new film, this character need not be introduced again. This film has a totally different script," he said.

So what does the veteran of three decades feel about working with heroines much younger to him?

"Thank you very much," he said, ducking the question. "Our interview is over and we are breaking for lunch!"

(Source - MSN)

Mammootty and ShajiKailas Joins again

Mammooty's Shaji Kailas directed, Aroma Mani produced  Christmas movie has  started rolling at Trivandrum. 

This untitled movie is an investigative thriller and is a sequel of yesteryear super hit Sibi Malayil directed August 1(1988).

August 1 was itself ripped off from the Hollywood hit The Day of the Jackal.  Mammootty is now essaying the same role of  Perumal an investigative cop. Yakshiyum Njanum fame Meghna Raj is the heroine. 

Lalu Alex, Nedumudi Venu and Thalai Vasal Vijay are also playing important roles.

However, Shaji Kailas- Mammootty team has not been working in the recent past, as their last film together early this year Drona was a big flop. Even then Mammootty is keeping faith in the director who had made mega hits like The King and Valliyetan with him.

Kuttysrank Honoured by Govt of Kerala

Mammootty,Bijibal,Joseph,NaushadBig Picture's multiple National Award winning Malayalam movie Kutty Srank has been honoured by the Kerala government.

The films cast and crew including Mahesh Ramanathan from Big Pictures, director Shaji N Karun, P F Mathews and Hari Krishnan, Jayakumar, Anjuli Shukla, editor A Sreekar Prasad and actress Padmapriya were all felicitated on October 5 at a function in Trivandrum. It was followed by the screening ofKutty Srank.

The Mammootty-starrer won five National Awards - best feature film; special jury award; best costume designer award for Jayakumar; best cinematography Anjuli; and best screenplay (original) awards for Mathews-Krishnan.

The event was organised by Kerala Chief Minister V Achutanandan, leader of opposition Oommen Chandy and the filmmakers association to honour the efforts of the makers of Kutty Srank, said a statement.

Big Pictures' first Malayalam production, Kutty Srank hit the screens on July 23 this year and it was re-released on September 24 after the National Awards were announced.

(source - sify)

Mammootty's voiceover for Anwar

Mammootty has done the voiceover for Amal Neerad directed Prithviraj's action packed Anwar. 

In fact, Mammootty narrates the story in the beginning and ending of the film. 

This is the first time in his career that Mammootty is lending his voice for another actor's film.

Mammootty agreed to do the dubbing when Director Amal Neerad and Prithviraj requested him.

Remember Amal Neerad's debut movieBig B had Mammootty in the lead role. 

Prithviraj is also maintaining good relationship with the megastar especially after the mega hit Pokkiri Raja.

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Mammootty's Best Actor to release in next month

Malayalam film Best Actor, featuring Malayalam megastar Mammootty, has completed its shooting. Mammootty will be seen in two different get ups in this film.

The actor will be seen as a village school teacher in the first half, and then an aspiring actor in the second half. Shruthi Ramakrishnna will play the female lead role in the film.

Best Actor is produced by Noushad under the Big Screen banner and directed by fashion photographer turned director Martin Prakkat. Filmmaker Lal Jose will make a special appearance. The film will also feature actors like Bijukuttan, K P A C Lalitha, Salimkumar and Nedumudi Venu. It is expected to hit the theatres next month.

Mathilukalkkappuram To Start By November

Malayalam film megastar, Mammootty, will start shooting for his next project Mathilukalkkappuram, by the end of this November. Nayantara will play the female lead in this movie.
This movie is a sequel of the National Award winning Malayalam movie Mathilukal, which was directed by Adoor Gopalakrishnan in 1989. This film is again an adaptation of a novel titled ‘Mathilukal’ by Vaikom Muhammad Basheer.
Mammootty played the lead role in the original movie also. Actors like Murali, Karamana, Janardanan Nair, Krishnan Kutty Nair and Azeez played other important roles in this movie. The film was screened at the Venice Film Festival and received well recognition there.
In the meantime, Mammootty will start filming for another new movie tentatively titled as ‘August 15′, which is also a sequel of the movie August 1. He will start shooting for this movie from the 15th of this month. Mammootty will revive the role of an investigative officer called Perumal, which was the main character in the original film. S N Swamy is writing the script for this movie, which will be directed by Shaji Kailash.
Mammootty is now busy giving final touches to his debut Kannada movie ‘Shikaari’.

Mammootty with Ranjith again

Malayalam megastar Mammootty has once again joined hands with reputed director and screenwriter Ranjith for his next movie.

The director’s recent release Pranchiyettan and the Saint, which received critical acclaims, also starred Mammootty. However, this time, Ranjith is only providing the script and would let G S Vijayan direct it. He is also producing the film under his banner Capitol Theatre.

Mammootty has earlier worked under the direction of Ranjith in the films like Kerala Cafe, Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathira Kolapathakathinte Katha, Kaiyoppu, Prajapathi and Black.

Ranjith received critical acclaims for his recent films like Kerala Café, Palery Manickyam and Pranchiyettan. Ironically, the veteran filmmaker has decided not to return to the spicy movies that was the base of success of most of his earlier movies.

He has been successful as a scriptwriter, as he wrote most of the script of the movies directed by himself. The recently released Pranchiyettan and the Saint also has script by him. So, the latest venture with Mammootty is expected to do good!

Pranchiyettan is a sleeper hit!

The Renjith directedPranchiyettan and the Saint, is turning out to be a sleeper hit.

The film is reported to have taken a distributors share of around Rs 1.60 Crore in two weeks from 60 odd releasing centres. It is very strong in Thrissur, Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram.

In a recent interview, Renjith has clarified that he was forced to go to Goa to shoot the climax of the film, as no church in Kerala was willing to allow shooting on its premises.

Says Renjith: “ I wanted to shoot the entire film in Thrissur itself, but Church authorities refused to provide me with the necessary permission. Mammootty was very keen that I should not compromise and that is how our search began for a beautiful church outside Kerala which was found in old Goa.”

Renjith’s art director made the statue of St Francis and cameraman Venu picturised the scenes so convincingly. After completing the film Renjith donated the statue to the church as a gift.


Mammootty's film with Shaji slated for Christmas

 Malayalam megastar Mammootty has allotted dates to director Shaji Kailash for his next movie, which is aimed for release this Christmas.
The director’s last film with Mammotty titled Drona was released in January 2010 with mixed reviews from critics. However, this failure has not discouraged Mammootty to sign another film with the director. Aroma International is producing the film and is aiming for release this Christmas. It is likely to start shooting by mid October.

Shaji's recent films like Alibhai, Sound of Boot, Time and Drona failed at the box office. So, he will definitely try his best to make this Mammootty starrer a big hit and win back his lost glory.

In the meantime, Mammootty's films Best of Luck by M A Nishad and Best Actor by Martin Prakkat will be released before Shaji directed movie. He is currently busy shooting for his first Kannada film titled Shikaari.

BhimaSurya awards: Mammootty wins best actor

Mammootty has won the best actor award for his performances in Paleri Manikyam, Pazhassiraja and Loudspeaker in the first BhimaSurya film awards.

The best actress award went to Padmapriya for her performance in Pazhassiraja and Bhoomi Malayalam. Yesudas and O N V Kurup bagged the special jury award for their valuable contributions to cinema.

T E Vasudevan and M C Punnoose (Appachan Navodaya) won the Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Rithu, directed by Syamaprasad, won the award for the best film. The film also secured Syamaprasad the award for best director. Reema Kallingal bagged a special jury award for her performance in the film. Pazhassiraja won the award for the best popular film with artistic value.

Jagadeesh won the best comedian award for his performance in To Harihar Nagar. Jagathy Sreekumar got the award for the best villain for his role in Passenger. M T Vasudevan Nair was adjudged the best scriptwriter for his works Pazhassiraja and Neelathamara.

The best female playback singer award went to Shreya Goshal for the rendition of songs in Banaras. M G Sreekumar won the best male singer award for the film Neelathamara. Banaras won the late Gireesh Puthencheri award and M Jayachandran the awards for the best lyricist and best music director.

Bijipal bagged the best background music award for Paleri Manikyam and Passenger.

Indrans bagged the best supporting actor award and Swetha Menon the best supporting actress award for their performances in Raamanam' and Paleri Manikyam respectively.

Renjith Sankar was declared the best debut director for his film Passenger. Baby Niveditha bagged the best child artist award for her performance in Bhramaram. The best debut actor and actress award went to Nishan and Archana Kavi for their performances in Rithu and Neelathamara respectively. Beena Paul won the best editor award for the film Pathamnilayile Theevandi.

Harikumar Madhavan Nair was declared the best sound recordist for the film Loudspeaker. Shobi Thilakan and Sreedevi bagged the awards for best male and female dubbing artistes for Pazhassiraja and Neelathamara respectively.

T V Chandran and Sasikumar won the special jury award for Bhoomimalayalam and Loudspeaker respectively. The awards were announced by jury chairman actor Madhu in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday.

Mammootty’s Doubles to start rolling

Mammootty’s long delayed debutant director Sohan Sinulal’s Doubles, in which Nadiya Moidu is to play his twin sister will start rolling in Pondicherry from November 15.
Tapseei, the Telugu and Tamil actress will debut in Malayalam with this film. Bollywood character actor Atul Kulkarni and Kannada actor Avinash will also play important roles.

The others in the supporting cast are Suraj Venjaranmoodu, Salim Kumar, Biju Menon and Anoop Chandran.

The story and screenplay will be written by Sachi and Sethu, Camera P Sukumaran. Vayalar Sarathchandra Varma’s lyrics will be tuned by James Vasanth. The film is being produced by KK Narayanadas.

When Mohanlal, Mammootty shared the same stage

Two of the biggest heroes of Malayalam cinema -- Mammootty and Mohanlal -- joined hands last week to launch the 'community sponsorship programme' organised by the Jose Thomas Performing Arts Centre (JT PAC) in Kochi. Mohanlal is the chairman of the centre.

The programme enables the members to watch the performances from the top artists from various parts of India for one year.

Artists like Pankaj Udhas, Udit Narayan, Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Naseeruddin Shah and many other noted names have performed at JT PAC in recent months.

Speaking on the occasion, Mammootty said that he always had dreams about starting such a stage to bring the best performers in the country on to one platform.


Kutty Sranku sweeps National Awards

The 57th National Film Awards has given a big boost to veteran director Shaji N Karun, who was ignored by the Kerala State Award Committee.

Shaji’s off-beat and critically acclaimed Kutty Sranku won four major National Awards.

Kutty Sranku has got four National awards, ‘Swarna Kamal’ Award for Best Film, Best Cinematographer Anjali Shukla, Story and Screenplay for PF Mathews and Harikrishnan , Best Costumes Jayakumar . The film also got Sreekar Prasad a special jury award for his editing in the film

Shaji N Karun the director of the film said: “I’m honoured that Kutty Sranku won so many awards in different categories. I feel Mammootty should have got the best actor award for his sincere performance in the film.”

Pazhassi Raja, which had swept Kerala State and Filmfare awards had to be satisfied with only Best Sound for Resul Pookutty and Background Score for Ilayaraja. Mammootty was heavily tipped to get Best Actor award for the film but at the last minute was piped to the post by Amitabh Bachchan for his Paa.

Poonam opposite Mammootty in Shikari

Mumbai based actress Poonam Bajwa who has already acted in Telugu, Tamil and Kannada films has been chosen as the heroine of Mammotty in the bilingual film Shikari directed by the National award winner Abhay Simha. Abhay had won the award for his debut film Gubbachigalu which won the Best Children`s film last year.

Abhay convinced Mammootty with his script and the actor is playing a double role. Poonam had acted in the recently released Tamil film Drohi.

Poonam Bajwa will be joining the shooting of the second schedule of the film which is now in progress in Theerthahalli and other areas of Malnad. Audithya, Mohan are the other artists in the film. The Malayalam version of the film will have Innocent and Jagathi in important roles.

The producer K.Manju had earlier introduced Kamal Hassan to the Kannada audience in the Ramesh Arvind movie Rama Shaama Bhaama. Konkana Sen had agreed to play the lead in the film, but since the film was postponed indefinitely she was not able to allot dates.

Poonam had acted in a Telugu film directed by Venkat before she was chosen to play the lead in Darshan`s Thangigaagi. She has been a part of many Tamil and Telugu films. She is presently acting in the film Thambikottai. During the shooting of Thangigaagi, Poonam Bajwa had said that the tastes of present audience are changing very fast and all the actors have to respond to the changing tastes and requirements of the fans.

Mammootty v/s Age, Mammootty turns 57

Superstar Mammootty was busy doing what he knows best on his birthday. He was shooting for his upcoming film Best Actor as he turned 57 Tuesday. "There were no celebrations this birthday. It is the fasting month of Ramadan so only two things will happen - work and prayers," he told.

"In my home it was just like any other day. As it is the fasting month, the customary cutting of cake on the shooting sets did not take place. Now for breaking the fast, I will be home and there would be nothing special. No parties or get together," Mammootty said.

A Padma Shri winner, Mammootty said his daughter and son called up to wish him.
In a career spanning more than three decades, Mammootty has acted in more than 300 films which include English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. He has won three National Awards, seven State Awards and 10 Filmfare Awards.

He continues to have a glorious career as his recent films have all been blockbusters. Later this week, his film "Pranchiettan and the Saint" is expected to hit theatres.

Mammootty’s Vande Matharam Postpones Release Date

Megastar Mammootty starrer big budget movie Vande Matharam has postponed its release date. The movie was set to release on September 10th but now it has been delayed by one week as the prints of the film could not be delivered to the charted theatres due to some financial problems.

Vande Matharam is said to be a hi-fi action thriller movie, which has Arjun and Sneha in the lead roles. Atul Kulkarni, Kalabhavan Mani, Nassar and Sharada Arya also play important roles in this D Aravind directed movie.

The story of the movie revolves around the terror outfits in south India. The problem of farmers’ deaths is also highlighted in this movie in which superstar Mammootty and Arjun play the role of police officers. It is a bilingual movie, which comes in Tamil and Malayalam and has music by Imman

Even though the name suggests the movie to be a patriotic one, it is actually an investigative thriller. It will be full of action scenes with fighting kicks, flying fists, gun firings and somersault assaults.

I'm happy my films won eight national awards: Mammootty

Mammootty missed out on the best actor award but the Malayalam superstar says he his happy that two films he acted in - 'Kutty Srank' and 'Kerala Varma Pazhassi Raja' - had bagged eight national awards between them. 'Kutty Srank' director Shaji N. Karun too said he was overjoyed.

'Honestly, I feel proud that the films I acted in have won eight awards. I feel really happy. You see my job is to act and I will keep on acting and try my best,' Mammootty told IANS over the phone from Shimoga in Karnataka, where he is shooting the film 'Shikari'.
'Kutty Srank', which is produced and distributed by Big Pictures, won five awards including the best feature; special jury; best costume designer award for Jayakumar as well as best cinematography and best screenplay (original) awards for Anjuli Shukla and P.F. Mathews-Harikrishna respectively.
Southern music maestro Illaiyaraja bagged the award for best background score for 'Kerala Verma Pazhassi Raja ', which also won the best Malayalam film award. Resul Pookutty got the best sound designer for the same film.

'Kutty Srank' saw Shaji N. Karun and Mammootty join hands for the first time. And the filmmaker is overjoyed with the string of awards.
'I am very happy as a Malayali to have got this award. I have done four films and three of my films have won the National Award and I am happy,' he said.
The film is about the story of a character (Mammootty) told from three different perspectives -- by three women he was involved with at different stages of his life.
Oscar Award winner Resul Pookutty said he is elated with the national recognition.
'The work I did for the film 'Pazhasi Raja' was different because the sound played a crucial role in the film,' said Pookutty.

Pranchiyettan & the Saint - Review

After the peculiar ‘Thiruvananthapuram slang’ that worked wonders for him in Rajamanikyam, Mammootty has tried his luck with ‘Thrissur slang’ in Ranjith’s Pranchiyettan & the Saint. Well, it has done wonders once again.

The accented tone and the dialogues, which are top notch, are perhaps the best thing about the film as well. Mammootty has done the role of a simple man, having a golden heart, with honesty and conviction that makes it an enjoyable film.

Pranchiyettan or Cherammel Eenasu Francis (Mammootty) is a wealthy rice trader based in Thrissur. He has a great complex about not being enough educated and believes that it is the reason why he is not getting acceptance in the society like many others. Pranchi and his cronies try really hard to “buy” some recognition and respect, like the ‘Padmashri’ honour for instance.

The whole film comprises of all these incidents from his life that Pranchi narrates to St.Francis, who appears before him one night. His childhood sweetheart, Omana (Khushboo), is by now married to his rival, Dr.Jose (Siddique). Pranchi develops a soft corner for a girl named Padmashri (Priyamani) sometime later, but never have the courage to reveal his feelings to her.

In fact, the storyline is a mix of such issues that Pranchi come across at various points of time. But the problem is that most of them look a bit too trivial and that is true even when he deals with two important issues in the story, the one involving his feelings for the girl named Padmashri and the other, with a boy named Pauly (Master Ganapathy).

However what takes the film ahead is its packaging, which looks fresh, even when the story moves ahead mostly without a definite focus. Ranjith has done a decent job, considering the excellent dialogues that almost cover up the flaws in the script. His voice, which has been used for the Saint, has a captivating charm and has done wonders for the film. Venu’s camera and Ouseppachan’s music are among the highlights of the film.

In a role of a loser, of course except for the money that he makes aplenty, Mammootty excels as the extremely likeable Pranchiyettan. He looks convincing with his style, mannerisms and dialogue delivery. Innocent, who plays one of his chums, has done a brilliant job. Priyamani and Khushboo come up with fine performances, in their brief roles.

Pranchiyettan & the Saint scores mainly with its imaginative presentation, though it loses the steam to a great extent especially in the second half. Of course, it succeeds in providing quite a few genuine laughs and well, Mammootty’s brilliant performance provides an engrossing feel to the viewer. Have some fun watching this one!

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Mammootty’s website hacked!

Megastar Mammootty’s official website was hacked. The homepage showed a message that a hacker from Saudi Arabia has taken over control of the website.

However, the actor was able to restore his website the very next day

The hacker used the name ‘shoor’ and a game over note was left on homepage. Mammootty came to know about the hacking within a few minutes of the site being hacked .

He had taken security measures against hacking but the precautions were broken by the hacker.

Mammootty, a techie himself was able to restore his website within a few hours after it was hacked.

I don't compromise on my religious belief: Mammootty

He is one of the busiest persons in the Malayalam film industry, but superstar Mammootty is not missing his Ramadan fast despite the workload.
"Acting is my job and at the same time I don't compromise on my religious belief, hence I do my job and carry forward my duty as a Muslim too. Over the years this has become a practice for me and I am quite fine doing both," Mammootty told IANS.
Currently he is shooting here for the film Best Actor.
Directed by fashion photographer-turned-director Martin Prakkat, the film will see the superstar as a school teacher whose ultimate ambition is to act in movies.
Salim Kumar, Lal, Nedumudi Venu and Suraj Venjaranmoodu are also in the cast.
Mammootty's own firm Play House is distributing the movie, scheduled for an October release.
"Shooting is getting over and from here I move on to finish the bi-lingual Malayalam-Kannada film Shikari for which one round of shooting is over. The second and final round will be shot in Shimoga," said Mammootty who plays a double role in the film.

But the two characters never meet in the film.
with Onam overlapping with Ramadan, the release of Mammootty's Pranchiyettan and The Saint had been delayed. Directed by Renjith, the film will be released next week coinciding with the end of the fasting month and also his 57th birthday which falls on Sep 7.
Mammootty's last film Pokkiriraja has been a huge success and he hopes for the same success story from Pranchiyettan and The Saint.

Mohanlal-Mammootty together, again

Mohanlal and Mammootty have shared screen space in over 40 films. Some of the noteworthy movies, which featured the duo, are 'Padayottam', 'Sesham Kazhchayil', 'Sandhyakku Virinja Poovu', 'Aalkkoottathil Thaniye', 'Adiyozhukkukal', 'Poomukhappadiyil Ninneyum Kathu', 'Padayani', 'Adimakal Udamakal', 'Manu Uncle', 'No. 20 Madras Mail', 'Harikrishnans' and 'Twenty:20'.

After a gap of two years, Mohanlal and Mammootty will join hands once again for a multi-starrer titled 'Arakkallan Mukkal Kallan' to be produced by Mammootty's Play House.

Touted to be the costliest Malayalam film to date, this hilarious thriller marks the debut of writer duo Sibi K. Thomas-Udhay Krishna as directors.

Mammootty is brand ambassador for Pearls Infra

Actor Mammootty will be the brand ambassador for Pearls Infrastructure Projects Limited in Kerala. The well-known Australian cricketer Brett Lee would be pan-India brand ambassador for the company, its representative Pratik Kumar told reporters on Friday.

Pearls, which has presence in 15 states, plans to set up two state-of-the-art residential complexes in Kochi – Pearls Riviera and Pearls Garden View. Pearls is also involved in developing large agro-based and township projects in Kerela.

Pearls Riviera spread over 9.65 acres surrounded by lush greenery close to the banks of a river. Pearls Riviera will have more than 1,300 flats with facilities like swimming pool, clubhouse and landscaped gardens.

The Pearls Garden View is 11-storey twin tower spread across two acres of land having 142 flats. This will have two landscaped gardens on every floor. The complex, located on Chilavannoor road also has 100-ft swimming pool, sports complex, landscaped greens, jogging and paved tracks.

Mammootty completes his portion in Best of Luck

Megastar Mammootty is again appearing as himself in another Malayalam film Best of Luck, directed by M. A. Nishad. Mammootty will appear in a cameo role and he has completed the shooting of his portions.
The megastar earlier appeared in a cameo role in 2007 movie Katha Parayambol, where he played the megastar himself. The other cast of the movie Best of Luck includes Asif Ali, Kailash, Archana Kavi, Urvashi and Rima Kallingal in important roles.

The source informed that Mammootty reported on the sets in Kochi recently to shoot his part. The movie Best of Luck falls in the drama genre, in which veteran Tamil actor Prabhu plays a rich entrepreneur named Vinayaka Naickar and Kailash plays his step brother’s role. Asif will be seen playing a budding filmmaker. Prabhu has a double role in the movie.

A and M Entertainment Company has produced the movie, which has music by the Euphoria band and its lead vocalist Dr Palash Sen. Sanjeev Shankar has done the cinematography and the director has written the film himself. The film is slated for release in September.


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