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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!

(source - sify)

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.


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