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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.

(source - sify)

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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!


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