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.