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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
others.

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.

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