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Resul Pookutty to unite Mammootty and Big B


One of the best known technicians of Indian cinema, Resul Pookutty, had always expressed his interest in directing films. In fact he had one project going five years ago which got shelved due to financial reasons. Resul was then planning to make a movie out of the famous novel by Anand- ' Govardhan's Travels' with Mammootty as the hero. It was then planned in three languages, but the last minute crisis led the master technician to concentrate back on his sound engineering business.

But now Resul is taking more active steps to realise his dream. This time he will be bringing in Megastar Mammootty and none other than 'Big B'- Amitabh Batchchan for the first time together for his movie. The flick will tell the emotional story about a father -son relationship and will use the best of the technicians from Bollywood. As there are many more international projects coming his way, Resul will start working on his debut directorial venture only after completing his current assignments.

Mammootty fans association to pray


In the contemporary season of adopting different tactics to show their protest, the Mammootty fans association of the state has decided to hold Mass Prayer Sessions to protest against the various governments who are not paying heed to the demands for the new Mullaperiyar Dam.

In these prayer sessions, the fans will pray for the positive decisions in favour of Kerala and for igniting more realistic thoughts in the minds of political leaders of Tamil Nadu.

As a part of the plans, 'Shayana Pradhakshinam' was organised in Thaliyil Kshetram in the capital city which was attended by the district representatives of the fans associations. Prayer sessions were also organised at Thanur Mosque while the representatives in the Kottayam district will organise similar sessions in many churches in Kottayam tomorrow.

The state committe of the association has asked all the primary members of the asaociation to take part in prayer sessions, before the meeting between the two state Chief Ministers take place shortly. Though the fans association are in full spirits, the megastar hasn't yet jumped into the fray airing his opinions about the Dam issue.

Kaniha to be Mammootty's heroine again

Lal directed Mammootty film 'Cobra' has remained in the news for several reasons, and one of them has been the film's heroines.

At first it was reported that Padmapriya has been cast opposite Lal and that Lekshmi Rai would be Mammootty's pair in the film.

Later Lekshmi Rai was out of the picture, and Sruthi Ramakrishnan, was rumoured to have been roped in instead of Lekshmi.

And now, Lekshmi Rai is back in the film, and would be Lal's heroine. Sruthi Ramakrishnan is not a part of the project, and Kaniha would be seen opposite Mammootty in the film.

Kaniha and Mammootty were seen together earlier in films like 'Pazhassi Raja' and 'Drona 2010'.

Awards are a relief during crises: Mammootty


The strike called by the producers' association took its toll on actors, directors, production companies and others associated with Mollywood.
But thanks to television shows and award functions, the stars were everywhere. These star-studded functions gave the actors an opportunity to be in the limelight despite any new movie releases. Even superstar Mammootty shared the view.
"Such award functions are indeed a relief during the on-going crisis in M'Town," said Mammootty while attending an award function held in the city recently. Mammootty was delighted to have given the chance to honour Padmasree K J Yesudas with the best singer award during the occasion.
However, the crisis has been resolved and the stars will be seen more onscreen than off-screen.

I am no superstar!: Mammootty


Mollywood's favourite actor Mammootty prefers to have nothing to do with what the word 'superstar' may suggest.
So much so that he has appealed to fans and audience not to refer to him with the word at any point. "It is indeed an honour to be called a superstar, but considering the accusations that are often inflicted upon superstars these days, I think I'd rather be called an actor," says Mammootty.
On his visit to Kochi recently, as a reply to comedian Tini Tom's reference to Mammootty 'being the only real superstar in the Malayalam film industry, the actor jokingly rebuked, "Superstars seem to be the cause of all the problems in our industry. In fact, the epithet has turned into an offensive term."
Incidentally, Malayalam cinema has been rather conflict-ridden over the last decade, with actors as well as several other eminent personalities blaming the reigning 'superstars' Mohanlal and Mammooty for the pathetic state of the industry. They have also been accused of allegedly ensuring not many youngsters are given the opportunity to make a mark in the industry and of playing roles that are not suited for their age.
Mammooty is currently awaiting the release of Venicile Vyapari by Shafi, which is set during a time when there were no mobile phones or Internet. "Unlike period films, the eighties is an age that people remember and can relate to," says the actor. Young actress Kavya Madhavan has been cast opposite Mammootty in this film.

Mammootty's charity to sponsor 250 more heart patients


Mammootty is not only a superb actor, he is also into charitable activities and the latest is that he will sponsor another 250 heart patients by joining hands with the NIMS Hospital in Thiruvananthapuram.
Speaking to IANS, the superstar said that he will visit the hospital on Thursday to spend some time with those who underwent heart surgeries.
"Along with NIMS Hospital two years back we had announced that 100 poor patients would be given totally free treatment, including by-pass surgeries. We did that and now we have decided to carry forward the scheme for another 250 more poor patients," said Mammootty.
The veteran superstar, who turned 58 this month, does charity work through his Fans Association and apart from sponsoring heart surgeries, he is also involved in providing free cataract surgeries.
Faizal Khan, managing director of NIMS Hospital, said that they are happy that Mammootty has decided to sponsor another 250 patients.
"The patients are identified by his Fans Association through medical camps. The financial position of the selected patients are thoroughly examined by them and the poorest of the poor people are selected. Once they get admitted to our hospital, then we take over till the time the patient leaves the hospital by providing free treatment," said Khan.

Mammootty in three get-ups


Though this year has been dull for Mammootty at the box office, the megastar is planning to hit back thrice as strong.
The actor will be seen in three different appearances in his next movie 'Venicile Vyapari.' Mammootty will donne the role of a police constable, an undercover cop and a coir merchant in the film set in the 1980s.
The movie is directed by hit filmmaker Shafi who had earlier teamed up with the megastar to deliver super hits like 'Thommanum Makkalum,' 'Mayavi' and 'Chatambinadu.'

'Venicile Vyapari' tells the story of Pavithran, a police constable who is deputed to investigate a murder case in Alappuzha, popularly known as the Venice of the East. He chooses the identity of a coir worker to carry on the investigation. Through his disguise he finds that he's good at his job as a coir merchant and consequently quits the constable's job.
The entertainer narrates the ups and downs of Pavithran's life in the backdrop of the problems faced by the coir industry during the 80s, says the movie's scribe James Albert.
The movie, which was entirely shot in Alappuzha, has Kavya Madhavan and Poonam Bajwa playing the female leads. Interestingly, Alappuzha was also the location for Kavya's Mollywood debut as a child artist 15 years ago in 'Azhakiya Raavanan,' which also had the megastar playing the lead.
Another highlight of 'Venicile Vyapari' is the remixed version of retro classic song Kannum Kannum from the 1980 movie 'Angadi.'
Mammootty's next movie 'Shikari,' which will be released in Kannada and Malayalam, will also see him playing double role in two different timelines.
The movie, which will mark the megastar's Kollywood debut, will have him playing a software engineer in the present time who chances on an unfinished manuscript featuring a hunter of the pre-Independence era.
Poonam Bajwa, who plays the female lead, will also essay two roles in the movie, which is directed by Abhay Simha.

Mammootty vows to avoid liquor in films

Malayalam superstar Mammootty has produced a documentary that asks people to avoid liquor in Kerala, which has recorded the highest alcohol consumption in the country. He also said he would do his best to avoid liquor and not act in film sequences featuring alcohol.

Mammotty's 40-second film with a message - Say No to Liquor and Say No to Drugs - was unveiled Thursday by Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.

"I always try to avoid such scenes but at times it becomes imperative to do it because the situation demands it. I assure everyone that from now on I will do my best to avoid such scenes which depict liquor or liquor imposed scenes," said Mammootty, who has been the numero one actor of the Malayalam film industry for two decades, at the event.

Pointing to director Priyadarshan, who was present at the event, Mammootty said: "You have to ask people like him (Priyadarshan) because they ask us to do this and that. But let me tell you, I will do my best to do away with such scenes."

Chandy said that people should make an edeavour to rid Kerala of the tag of being the top liquor consuming state.

"Not long ago, Kerala was known for the huge strides it had made in literacy and its health status. But of late, it has taken a back seat and we are now known as the top liquor consuming state. This has to change and we all hope that the promotional material like this (Mammootty's documentary) will do us a world of good," the chief minister said.

Excise Minister K. Babu said that the video will be shown in theatres and will be aired on television, besides being screened in educational institutions.

"The young minds have to be taught the evils of liquor and drugs - our target group is schoolchildren," said Babu.

According to a report, liquor sales touched an all time high of Rs.6,730.30 crore 2010-11 from Rs.5,539.85 crore in 2009-10.

The government earned Rs.5,239 crore from liquor sales during the last fiscal year, while it was Rs.4,260 crore in 2009-10.

Mammootty to appear in an evergreen Jayan song

Following the rage that the 'Oru Madhurakkinavin' remix turned out to be, another yesteryear hit song is to be remixed soon.

Remember the 'Kannum Kannum' song from the film 'Angadi' that had Jayan and Seema sharing the screen space?

Mammootty and Poonam Bajwa would appear in the remix of the song in Shafi's new film 'Venicile Vyapari'. The song would be shot on locations at Mysore and Ooty.

The song that was originally composed by Shyam would be remixed by Bijibal.

Rosshan Andrrews, Mammootty team up for political thriller


After directing Mohanlal for three films, director Rosshan Andrrews will soon work with megastar Mammootty in an yet-to-be titled political thriller scripted by Bobby-Sanjay duo of Traffic fame.
Sanjay confirms the news and says that the project will start after the director-scriptwriters team finishes their forthcoming ventures 'Casanova' and 'Mumbai Police.'
Rosshan is currently busy with Mohanlal-starrer 'Casanova,' which was earlier scheduled to be an Onam release. As the name suggests Mohanlal would be playing a playboy who owns a successful international chain of flower boutiques. In addition to charming the belles with his flamboyance he also tries to even the score with his foes using his primary weapon of choice: Love!

Mammootty v/s Age : Mammootty turns 60


Megastar Mammoottyturns 60 on Wednesday and it is time to wish him a happy birthday.

Mammootty, born on September 7, 1951 has also acted in a few Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, and Kannada films. During a career spanning more than three decades, he has acted in more than 360 films, and is only next to Prem Nazir in the number of lead roles in Indian films.

Mammootty was awarded the National Film Award for Best Actor thrice. He also won seven Kerala State Film Awards, and eleven Filmfare Awards.

Mammootty is Chairman of Malayalam Communications, which runs Malayalam TV channels Kairali TV, People TV, and WE TV.Mammootty has promoted humanitarian causes throughout Kerala and is the goodwill ambassador of the Akshaya project.

He is a graduate in law and practiced for two years before debuted into the movie industry.

Mammootty is married to Sulfath and has two children.

Mammootty turns producer

Mollywood star Mammootty will now wear the hat of a producer for the first time. The veteran actor will produce Lal's next directorial venture, Cobra. 

Mammootty who owns a production house - Playhouse - have been active as a distributor. His compnay has distributed movies like Ritu, Kaana Kanmani, Chattambinadu and Neelathamara. However, this will be the first time he dons the role of a producer for his own movie.

Lal who is directing the megastar for the first time is another highlight of the movie. Along with Mammooty Lal also plays an important role in Cobra. "I have acted along with Mammootty in a few movies. I have even produced his movies. But, this is the first time I am directing him," says the actor.

Lal has acted along with Mammootty in hits like Thommanum Makkalum and Best Actor. They hope to create the same magic in their next endeavour.

Cobra revolves around the life of two co-brothers who are known as Cobra. "Cobra is a short form used for co-brothers," says Lal. He assures that the movie will be a thorough entertainer for all age groups, a trait of most of his movies. Mamta Mohandas and Lakshmi Rai have been roped in to play the lead heroines. Music is by Alex Paul.

Shooting for Cobra will begin on November 1. It is expected to hit the screens in February 2012. 

Mammootty guidies the young


Invite Mammootty on a stage and the audience would listen to him in rapt attention for he speaks even more elegantly in real life than he does in reel.
He has always surprised his audience with his witty speeches, his varied interests in world affairs and his open mindedness towards the new and young ones in the film industry. Quite a few debutant directors have enjoyed his support and encouragement as they took baby steps into the big world of cinema.
One of the most appreciated filmmakers in Malayalam today, Blessy, has on numerous occasions cited the story of how the actor made it possible for him to be a scriptwriter.
“When I was doing my first film Kazcha, I had approached different people for scriptwriting. It was Mammootty who told me to write it the same way I had narrated the story to him. If it was not for him, I would probably not have known the taste of scriptwriting. We don’t just discuss films that I do with him. We talk about all my movies — be it Kazhcha, Thanmathra, Brahmaram or Pranayam. He is like a brother.”
Martin Prakkat also owes it to Mammootty for discovering his filmmaking skills. “To this day, I have no idea how he found out about it. I was a photographer who had interest in filmmaking. Only a couple of my friends knew about this. But Mammootty somehow learnt about it,” says the director of Best Actor.
“I have always felt he treats me with special care. Maybe that is the way everyone who has worked with him feels.”
It is indeed the way every newcomer, even those who haven’t worked with him, feels. Says Arun Kumar Aravind, director of critically acclaimed film Cocktail, “He saw it on the day the film was released and told the producer Milan Jaleel that he was very happy about the movie. His family saw it two or three times. Later when I met him in the sets of his film August 15, he encouraged me to bring out more such new and interesting themes. Mammootty has always encouraged new thoughts in cinema.”

Mammootty's car rammed


Malayalam Superstar Mammoottys car was hit by a bus in the Aroor-Ernakulam route recently.
The veteran actor was returning home from the shoot of his upcoming film Venicile Vyapari, when his car was hit by a private bus. Though none of the occupants in the car were injured, including Mammootty, the crash did cause a major dent on the actor's car. The police immediately rushed to the spot and seized the bus. Mammootty however, did not take any action on the bus driver as he had apologized to the actor for rash driving.

Deepan and Mammootty to come together for 'Newsmaker'


  • Mammootty would be doing a film titled 'Newsmaker', to be directed by Deepan. Deepan had delivered one of the biggest hits of last year 'Puthiya Mukham'.

    'Newsmaker' would be produced by George, Mammootty's personal assistant. The film would be produced under the banner of Cincil Celluloid.

    Deepan would also be directing Prithviraj in the film 'Hero'. 'Newsmaker' would commence only after 'Hero's is complete, and would be Mammootty's Onam release in 2012.

Mammootty in Venicile Vyapari


One of the most talked about upcoming movies, Venicile Vyapari, will have a big surprise from Mammootty.
The star, who has joined the sets after the Income tax raids issue, is getting ready to make another milestone appearance through the movie.
Mammootty will appear in three different roles in the film.
Kavya Madhavan and Poonam Bajwa are teaming up with the megastar in the lead roles.
The film by Shafi will feature Mammootty in the role of a coir merchant and a police officer. The crew wants to keep the star’s third get up a secret.
The last time, Mammootty was seen essaying three get ups was in the movie Paleri Manikyam: Oru Pathira Kolapathakathinte Katha, which won him the best actor award last year at the State awards.
Venicile Vyapari which is scripted by James Albert of the Classmates fame is slated to release this November.

Mammootty’s son to marry in December


South Indian superstar Mammootty's son Dulquar Salman’s marriage will take place in December.

Speaking to the media for the first time since the IT raids at his offices and residences, Mammootty said: "Yes, the engagement is over and the marriage is fixed for December 22 to be held in Chennai and a reception here on December 26. It will be a very solemn occasion and a private affair."

Asked about his future daughter-in-law, Mammootty said, "They are a North Indian Muslim family settled in Chennai and she has just finished her architecture. The alliance has been fixed by the elders from both families and is not a love marriage."

The superstar recently joined the sets of Veniceile Vyapari, directed by Shafi with Kavya Madhavan as the heroine. Veniceile Vyapari is scripted by James Albert and produced by veteran Murali Films Madhavan Nair.

Mammootty's King and Commissioner - Gallery

Twenty years after Renji Panikkar and Shaji Kailas are coming together with King and Commissioner. Mammootty will play the bureaucrat while Suresh Gopi enacts the role of the cop.


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IT Raid @ Mammootty's Residence - Video


IT raids offices, homes of Mammootty and Mohanlal

 Income tax sleuths have raided the houses, offices and hotels of Malayalam film stars Mammootty and Mohanlal. Both the Kerala-based actors have been asked to appear before tax officials in person here.

The searches started at 6.30am on Friday morning with 80 officials simultaneously verifying records at their homes in Kochi and numerous offices in Chennai, Bangalore and Thiruvananthapuram.

IT sleuths cited a huge gap in the IT returns and the income the superstars make in a year. Both have the same chartered accountant who has his head office in Thiruvananthapuram. The initial statements from both the actors have been taken.

The taxmen have reportedly seized several documents. Official sources report that the team has also found an elephant tusk from Mohanlal's Kochi residence.

Residence of Mohanlal's close aid Antony Perumbavoor is also being raided, said the official.

Mammootty is expected to appear before IT officials in the evening as he was in Chennai when the raids began, while Mohanlal may not arrive Friday as he is shooting in the coastal town of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.
IT officials reached Rameswaram and took a statement from Mohanlal.

The extensive raids, it now appears, were kept secret by the IT department and also a well planned one as officials also closed in on the business associates of the two superstars.

The officials reached the home of Mohanlal in the Kerala capital where his aged mother resides.

For Mammootty, the raid came a day after his son's engagement in Chennai. Sources close to him say he has left for Kochi.

Mohanlal has interests in film production, distribution, IT education and also the hospitality industry. Besides, he is an active player in the real estate sector along with his close friends.

Mammootty's interests also include a film production house and he is the patron of a new boutique hospital in Bangalore.

Those questioned include Mohanlal and Mammootty's main business partners, producer Antony Perumbavoor and Anto Joseph respectively.

One bedroom of Mohanlal at his Kochi residence is yet to be opened because a bio-metric gadget makes entry possible only with the fingerprints of close family members.

Last week Kozhikode businessman K.A. Rauf, without naming anyone, said a Malayalam superstar and a business house in the state were engaged in a huge real estate deal in Maharashtra.

The IT officials locked the homes from inside and no one was allowed to come in or go out as they prepared their report based on the superstars' IT returns. 

Mammootty is my role model: Vikram

Tamil superstar Vikram has revealed that Mammootty is his role model. The actor says that the Malayalam Megastar has always inspired him to do a variety of roles.

Vikram says that though Mammootty has acted in several films as a police officer, he has been able to do all of them quite different from one another.

The actor also says that he doesn't like to be dragged into the number game. "I have no intention to be known as the Number One star, by doing one action role after the other. I would like to do a variety of characters instead," he adds.

Vikram is all set for a release this week with Deivathirumagal. This is rumored of be his best performance till date, and is said to have been admired by the members of the censor board as well.

Mammootty and Shyamaprasad together again

The last time Mammootty and Shyamaprasad came together was for 'Ore Kadal', that was much appreciated by fans and critics alike.

The director and the actor would be joining hands again for a crime story now, and the film would be scripted by Shyamaprasad himself.

'Ore Kadal' had won several awards and accolades at national and international level, and the news of the director and the actor coming together, is hence welcomed by lovers of good cinema.

This film would be produced by Vindhyan, who had also produced other Shyamaprasad films like 'Ore Kadal' and 'Electra'.

Mammootty - Aashiq Abu's 'Gangster' to start soon

Not many of us would have forgotten the swank and stylish Mammootty in 'Daddy Cool'.

The film's director has just completed his new film 'Salt 'n Pepper' that has Lal and Swetha Menon in the lead roles.

After the release of Salt 'n Pepper, Aashiq would be joining hands with Mammootty again for a film titled 'Gangster'. The film is expected to be one of the most stylish underworld films ever made in the country.

Parthiban and Rohini Hathangadi would do key roles in the film. The heroine of the film is yet to be finalised.

Mammootty in SUPER STARS ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN 2011


Kalamandir Foundation, the Trust formed under the able guidance of Kalamandir Management is looking forward to serve the needy in the society. Promoted by Kalamandir, the foundation offers the promise of a better tomorrow, through it service projects.

The objective of Kalamandir Foundation is to help all the needy in the society in whatever way could be possible.  During yester years, they have been piloting the service by lending their helping hand to NGOs�, in all possible ways and had witnessed many lives changed for better. Through creating opportunities and working towards a more equitable society, Kalamandir Foundation has made small, but effective strides in rebuilding humanity.

As part of its 1st anniversary on 7th July, Kalamandir kalyan says  Foundation has initiated the �SUPER STAR ANTI-DRUG CAMPAIGN 2011�. This initiative is being endorsed by celebrities of Tollywood, Kollywood & Mollywood. The list of celebrities includes Ravi Teja, Vikram, Mammootty, Ambareesh, Lakshmi Manchu, Prakash Raj, Samantha, Mamta Mohandas, Allari Naresh, Puri Jaganath, Krish, Rock line Venkatesh, Upendra, krish, devakata, sukumar, sandeep ,tapsee  and others who are coming together to raise their voice against drugs.

This is a unique initiative in Andhra Pradesh by Kalamandir Foundation and it is attracting many other celebrities in the cine circuit to be a part of it. According to a report, there are nearly 70million drug users in the country and nearly 5000 people below 21 years die due to drug overdose each year. With drug abuse becoming rampant, the foundation has decided to create awareness regarding the same. With drug abuse leading to HIV, Cancer and other criminal acts, this step by the foundation is being hailed by the cine folks.

Mammootty awarded Best Actor in 58th Filmfare Awards (South)

The 58th Filmfare Awards South ceremony honoring the winners and nominees of the best of South Indian cinema in 2010 was held on July 2, 2011 in Hyderabad. Megastar Mammootty awarded Best Actor (Malayalam) for the film Pranchiyettan and the saint. It also honored as the Best Film. Director Renjith, Biju Menon(Best Supporting Actor) also were in the star studded function.


Movie Review - Bombay March 12

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Okay, this may be yet another film on terrorism, which is perhaps the favorite subject for quite a number of filmmakers these days.

But in all fairness, scenarist turned debutant director Babu Janardhanan’sBombay March 12 has tried to bring in a different pattern to the narrative here. But, how much does it work is the obvious question. At best, it does in parts.

The story begins from the accounts of Sameer (Mammootty), who is questioned by the cops quite often, just for being a Muslim at times. He is a municipal sweeper married to Abida (Roma).

Now the story starts to unfurl, not in a disciplined way, which is the highlight of the film as well. It’s like stitching together several scenes happening at various junctures and unveiling the hidden mysteries in the process.

Sameer was a Hindu priest Sanathana Bhat, hailing from Kasaragod, at some point of time. He goes to Pochampally in Andhra Pradesh and soon after certain unprecedented happenings, changes his life forever.

Also in one of the many flashback scenes, there is the story of Shajahan (Unni Mukundan), who is Abida’s brother. They belong to a poor Muslim family in Alappuzha and everyone in the family is happy when he gets a job in Mumbai.
But the train journey turns out to be a crucial one in his life.

Babu Janardhanan’s script is a complex one and the film has been made with lots of honesty, which is evident on screen. But the problem seems to be that it has been dealt with in a more serious way than the storyline demands.

As a result, the focus is limited to its pattern and the twists n turns that the story takes. Vipin Mohan’s visuals are okay. Afsal Yusuf’s tunes sound impressive.

Mammootty looks good and has done his parts with conviction, but is the role a really challenging one for an actor of his level? There are too many loose ends in the storyline which make things unconvincing as well. Like the transformation of Bhat to Sameer and also his marriage to Abida, have been shown in a rather hasty manner, quite different from the pace that the film has been following all along.

Roma looks quite different from her usual bubbly avatar and Unni Mukundan (who was seen in the Tamil version of Nandanam, called Seedan) makes an impressive debut in Malayalam. Sadique looks good as Abida’s dad.

Well, the film has a certain style which may be perfect for a certain section of viewers. If you can find a sync with its pace, the film can turn out to be a nice experience. Now, decide on your own if you belong to that category.


Verdict: Above Average

Mammootty’s advice: Avoid alcohol, drugs


Megastar Mammootty was the chief guest at the anti-liquor campaign held to mark International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Kochi on Sunday. Talking at the event, the actor shocked the audience by sharing his experience in connection with alcohol abuse.


He said that he visited a central prison as part of a film shooting and met a convict serving a life term. Asked why he was convicted, the man said that he had killed his college-going son when he saw the son trying, under the influence of alcohol, to rape his own mother.


Mammootty said that this incident showed him that people could do any inhuman act under the influence of alcohol and drugs. He also pointed out in his speech that the new generation is taking to liquor and drugs at an early age and asked parents to keep a watch on their children always.


Chief Minister Oommen Chandy inaugurated the function organised by the Excise Department.
“Alcohol cannot be banned by the government unless alcohol consumption comes down by a large scale. The government shall henceforth honour youth groups working against drug and alcohol abuse with awards and recognitions,” he said.
Incidentally, Mammootty is also involved in the ‘Vazhikati’ campaign that creates awareness among schoolchildren against the use of drugs and alcohol.
The campaign is now active in 50 schools in Kerala.

The Train - Review

Director Jayaraj's The Train is based on the chain bomb blasts that rocked Mumbai on July 11, 2006.
In the pattern of several films of the genre that has come out in the past, the film tracks a couple of stories that unites in the end.

In the film, Kedarnath (Mammootty) is an agile cop chasing the terrorists, while Karthik (Jayasurya) is a young musician who is all set to sing for A R Rahman. There are a few more characters like a woman who is trying hard to find money for her grandfather's Haj pilgrimage, an old man who is there to present a birthday gift to a young kid and so on.

The bomb blasts are shown at the beginning of the film and then, the story traces how the characters come together when the mishap happens. The whole pattern followed in films like Babel, Amores Perros, some of Robert Altman's movies and also in several recent Malayalam films, has started looking thoroughly jaded due to overuse.

Melodramatic situations which happen in predictable lines, unbelievable confusions, coincidences and evident errors (like the latest mobile phone models for instance) take the zing out of this film.
It is quite evident that Jayaraj has managed to make a potpourri with some limited visuals that he had taken, with Mammootty and Jayasurya. As a result, the shots get repeated which tests the patience of the viewer, after a while. The cinematography and the music are fine.

Mammootty has nothing much to do, with a mobile phone glued on to his ears all the time and plays a cat and mouse game with the dreaded terrorists, all on his own. Jayasurya falls in love with a strange girl (played by Anchal Sabharwal), who decided to give up the idea of killing herself, after he called her by mistake. Anchal and most of the supporting cast, which includes the director's wife Sabitha, have wooden expressions on their faces mostly.

The film looks more like a mixture of some shots stitched together on the editing table. It has some fine moments for sure, but mostly the film never goes beyond superficial levels. If you are not used to the pattern where several stories intertwine at a certain point, the film may be okay in parts. For the rest of the world, this one is pretty disappointing.
Verdict: Average

Mammootty adds glitz to Congress(S) Founding Day


The news of superstar Mammootty attending the ‘Founding Day’ of Congress (S) increased the anxiety of the party workers who waited patiently to have a glimpse of the superstar here on Sunday.
The young and the old cemented their eyes on the entrance of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, TD Road. Soon, emerged the star flanked by Ramachandran Kadannappally the chief of the party. Mammootty walked in glory to the hall as people rose to their feet to welcome him with a thunderous applause. Kadannappally gave a brief speech thanking Mammootty for taking time off his busy schedule to attend the meet.He said Mammootty and he shared a special relationship and they called each other ‘Chetta’. Kadanappally then led the actor to the table where the cake was kept and together they held the knife and cut the cake. Mammootty offered a piece to Kadannappally. The actor then moved to the podium and there came a wide applause. Much to the disappointment of the gathering, the actor just thanked the party chief and wished the party success in future and took leave.

The Train opens with average responses


Megastar Mammootty's third release of the year 'The Train' opened in 67 centers all across Kerala. The movie directed by Jayaraj also feature Jayasuriya in an important role, while Mammootty appears as Kedarnath, the top officer in Anti terrorist squad.

The First Day First Show viewers seems to go be going for an average to good response about the movie which is told in the backdrop of Mumbai blasts. The movie which also features six songs is said to feature a different narrative structure.

'The train' will take on 'Dheera', the dubbed version of the Telugu hit 'MagaDheera' by S S Raj mauli.' Dheera' with plenty of visual effects is expected to make a impactful run in the Kerala Box Office

Mammootty's King 2 to start rolling soon


Mammootty's long pending King 2 is starting by the end of the month.

The megastar who is holidaying abroad is expected to be back this week.
King 2 has Mammootty in the lead and is a sequel to the star's The King (1995).

The megastar will once again appear as Joseph Alex, the district collector with  in the scripts written by Renji Panikkar and directed by Shaji Kailas.
Mammootty has given continuous dates for the shoot of King 2, which is likely to be the star's Onam 2011 release.

Mammootty to set big release for Adaminte Makan


Superstar Mammootty has evinced interest in nationally distributing Adaminte Makan Abu, a simple yet evocative narrative of a man’s pursuit of religion, which was adjudged the best at this year’s national film awards.
Sources close to first-time director Saleem Ahmed said Mammootty’s distribution company Playhouse had sent an official communication to this effect.
“Mammootty is an ambassador for good films. So, it’s only natural that he’s eager to take Adaminte Makan to theatres across the country. If all goes well, he’ll walk away with the film’s distribution rights,” they said.
Saleem, however, has a problem of plenty as two other major distributors, Kas Kalasangam and Vaishaka, have also approached him.
The debutant director had earlier told Deccan Chronicle that the film, which fetched a comedian (Salim Kumar) the national award for best actor for the first time in the history of Malayalam films, was made on a shoe-string budget of Rs.1.5 crore.
With major distributors now waiting for his nod, it’s certain that Saleem’s work of art will make a handsome profit.
Adaminte Makan is tentatively slated for a release across the state on June 25.

The Train starts running by next week

Megastar Mammootty starrer The Train, directed by the National award winning director, Jayaraj, is based on the Mumbai train bombings is going to release by next week.


Mammootty and Jayasurya are coming together in Jayaraj's The Train, which will hit theatres this weekend. It's a thriller based on the Mumbai chain bomb blasts that rocked the city on July 11, 2006.
Mammootty plays Kedarnath, a Commander of the Anti Terrorist Squad. Aanchal Sabharwal, Jagathy Sreekumar, Sheena, Abhimanyu, Sabitha Jayaraj, Anupam Kher, Balaji and Padmakumar form the rest of the cast.
The camera is being handled by debutant cinematographer Seenu Murukkumpuzha. Vivek Harshan is the editor. Lyrics by Rafeeq Ahmed and Jayaraj have been composed by Sreenivas. Jayesh Kuttamath is producing the film under the banner Harvest Dreams Pvt. Ltd. 

The Train - Trailor



1993 Bombay March 12 gets ready

1993 Bombay March 12 is Mammootty's new film directed by debutant Babu Janardhanan who has scripted sensible films such asAchanurangatha Veedu, Vaasthavam and Thalappavu among others

It is an emotion-filled family drama with suspense, which unfolds in the aftermath of the Mumbai bomb blasts of 1993, says the director. 

He also adds that it was Mammootty who gave him the courage to take up direction.

"The storyline is rather complex, one with several layers of intrigue, and it should be a thrilling experience for viewers. It narrates the tale of Sanathana Bhat(Mammootty), a Hindu priest, and Abida (Roma), a young Muslim woman from a village in Kerala, who have premonitions about the bomb blasts, which change the course of their lives forever", says Babu.

Vipin Mohan is the cameraman. Lyrics by Rafeeq Ahmed have been tuned by Afsal Yusuf. 1993 Bombay March 12 is being produced by Haneef Mohammed under the banner of Red Rose Creations.

Mammootty Joins Johny Antony for Kallakkaamukhan

Mammootty would play the title role of 'Kallakkaamukan' in Johny Antony's new film.

Its learned that Mammootty would play a character in the film who is troubled by the pangs of love all the time.

The script of the film would be penned by Siby K Thomas and Udaykrishna.

'Kallakkaamukan' would be produced by Milan Jaleel. The shoot of the film would start by December 2011.

'Kallakkaamukan' would make it to the theatres in 2012 by Vishu.

Mammootty's 1993 Bombay March 12 Gallery

Reema Sen in King 2

Reema Sen, was last seen in Tamil cinema in Ayirathil oruvan. Though she did a couple of Hindi movies after that, she seems to be searching for that big hit that has been eluding her.


It now seems that she is sure to taste success with with a Malayalam film to be directed by Shaji Kailas titled King 2.
Starring Mammootty and Suresh Gopi in the lead, the movie has a couple of actresses including Reema Sen.

Reema Sen is extremely thrilled to make her debut in Malayalam that too with legends like Mammootty and Suresh Gopi.

Kavya Madhavan pairs with Mammootty

 Kavya Madhavan has reportedly signed to act with superstar Mammootty again in his upcoming movie ‘Venicile Vyapari’, directed by Shafi.
Kavya will play his love interest in the movie which is a rollicking comedy entertainer, inspired by Shakespearian play ‘Merchant of Venice’.
The story is set in Alappuzha and Shafi plans to release it in October.
Kavya Madhavan first starred alongside Mammootty in ‘Ee Pattanathil Bhootham’. Though the combo got lot of accolades for their performances, the movie had utterly failed at the box office.

Mammootty with T V Chandran again


  • Every time director T V Chandran and actor Mammootty had come together for a film, the duo has been able to create magic on screen.

    'Ponthanmada', 'Ormakal Undayirikkanam' and 'Danny' have all been films that have been acclaimed and much discussed.

    Now it has been reported that Mammootty and T V Chandran would come together again for another film.

    Chandran, who is busy shooting for 'Shankaranum Mohanum' with Jayasurya in the lead role, has already had a discussion about his new film with Mammootty.

    Film lovers in the state are all excited with the announcement of this new project, that would once again bring together two titans of Malayalam cinema.

Mammootty - Padmakumar teams again


Mammootty would be doing a double-role in a forthcoming movie directed by Padma-kumar, the maker of films likes Vaasthavam, Vargam and Shikkar. Padmakumar had earlier directed Mammootty in Parunthu, which flopped.
The Padmakumar-Mammootty film will pan the period from 1940 to 2011 and will have Kerala politics as the backdrop. Mammootty will essay a veteran politician who plays a key role in the state’s political developments. Mammootty will also play the son to this political leader in the film, which will be scripted by Babu Janardhanan.
Haneef Muhammed will produce the film, which is yet to be titled, under the banner of Red Rose Creations.
The actor has even signed to play the lead in Venicile Vyapari, a forthcoming film by hit-making director Shafi. The film will have script by James Albert, of Classmates fame and will be produced under the banner of Murali Films. Shamdut will be in charge of cinematography. The film is intended to be a full-length entertainer, like all Shafi films. The shoot will commence in the second week of July in Alappuzha and the film will hit screens in October.

Mammootty in 'Balyakaalasakhy'


After the movie 'Mathilukal' which gathered a lot of accolades and awards for its lead actor Mammooty, the megastar will once again come up in a character written by famous litterateur Vaikom Muhammed Basheer. Mammootty will now become Majeed in the filmi translation of famous work 'BalyakalaSakhy.

To be directed by Pramod Payyannur,the movie will be told in the viewpoint of Majeed, who has reached Calcutta. 

The movie which will tell the complicated life situations of Majeed will also refer in its backdrop the political equations that led to the division of pre-independent India.

The movie to be produced by Livin arts and Estheese media will have Shahzaaz Aman remixing a couple of classic songs to be included in the narratives.

Doubles - Review

What will happen when a director is all in awe of his hero, a way too much and tries to deify him in every possible shot? It works at times when the character demands such stuff, but in Doubles, it looks simply ridiculous.


Giri (Mammootty) and his twin sister Gouri (Nadia Moidu) runs an accident rescue unit in Pondicherry. The siblings have decided not to get married as they don’t want their affection to be shared with others. But the equations suddenly changes when a young girl named Saira Banu (Taapsee) becomes part of their life, after an accident.

The story goes through several topsy-turvy twists from then on, most of which are surprisingly inane. Misunderstandings, fights, comedy and of course, silly looking villains who talks big are all added into the narrative, quite generously. But all these can’t help a poorly written film that moves along aimlessly, most of the time.

Debutant director Sohan Seenulal has churned out a boring saga that defies logic most of the times. Most of the scenes look unconvincing and certain comic situations which involve Mammootty as well will make you cringe. It is quite amazing that no one associated with it realized that the script (written by Sachi - Sethu) was such a meaningless farce, while planning the film or even while making it!

Mammootty looks good (if you are ready to forget his rather ordinary looking wig) and tries his best, but this is one role which he can’t salvage even with his charm. Nadia Moidu, who returns to Malayalam films after a long break, has perhaps erred in choosing the right film to make her comeback, special. Taapsee, who played Dhanush’s heroine in the Tamil film Aadukalam, has nothing much to do and is seriously too young to play Mammootty’s pair.

The comic department takes things from bad to worse, with Suraj Venjaramoodu, Salim Kumar, Bijukkuttan and Anoop Chandran trying every trick in the book to generate laughs but falling flat in the process. Y Gee Mahendran, Anandraj, Suresh, Avinash and Saiju Kurup have done their roles in a fine way. P Sukumar’s visuals and James Vasanthan’s music are nothing to rave about.

Rating : 2/5
(sify)

Doubles - Review

Mammootty's much awaited movie, Doubles is an action packed family entertainer.

Fans Verdict: 3.5/5

Detailed Review will come within a couple of hours. sorry for the inconvenience.

CHECK OUT DOUBLES MOVIE GALLERY HERE : http://cinegalleria.blogspot.com/2011/01/mammoottys-doubles-stills.html

Mammootty and Shafi together for 'Venicile Vyaapaari'

Shafi, who is on cloud nine with two consecutive hits - 'Marykkundoru Kunjadu' and 'Makeup Man' - would now his new film with Mammootty.

Titled 'Venicile Vyaapaari', the film would be scripted by James Albert, who had scripted films like 'Classmates' and 'Cycle'.

Mammootty would play a merchant based in Alleppey in the film. Alleppey is renowned as the 'Venice of the East'.

Shafi is all excited about the project, and says that the film would be a rollicking comedy entertainer. At the same time, it would have a touching story at its core.

Doubles : Trailer


Mammootty to play Karunakaran?


The late K Karunakaran, was an iconic Congress leader and Chief Minister of Kerala.

Now director Padmakumar, is likely to bring him alive on the screen, with mega star Mammootty to enact Karunakaran's role.
The grapevine is abuzz that the film is about 'the life and times of the great Leader who shaped Kerala politics for over three decades'.

It is rumoured that Mammootty will appear in a double role as Karunakaran and his son Murali.
Director Padmakumar has roped in noted screenplay writer Babu Janardhanan who is now directing Mammootty's 1993 Bombay March 12 to pen the screenplay which revolves around the political scenario of Kerala during the last three decades.

(sify)

First Look: Mammootty's next, Doubles

Mammootty and Nadia Moidu play twins -- Giri and Gouri -- in debutant director Sohan Seenulal's Malayalam film Doubles. The shooting of the film has been completed in Pondicherry and the film is ready for release. 

Nadia Moidu, who won accolades as a bubbly young girl in Fazil's Nokketha Doorathu Kannum Nattu (1984), had been away from Malayalam cinema for a while now. She has done some well appreciated roles in Tamil during the recent years.  

Doubles is being produced by K K Narayanadas under the banner Reels on Wheels. The cinematographer is P Sukumar and the music director is James Vasanthan. Sachi and Sethu, the scenarists of films like Chocolate, Robin Hoodand Makeup Man, have written the script.

Tapsee, who was recently seen in Tamil film Aadukalam,  is also a part of th film's cast.



Things take a different turn in the lives of the twins, who run a rescue unit for accident victims, when a third person comes in between them. 

Mammootty, whose recent film August 15 did not make much of an impression on the audience, expects Doubles to do well. 

Mammootty and Nadia Moidu have acted together earlier in films like Shyama(1985) and Poovinu Puthiya Poonthennal (1986).

Mammootty picks Anoop Kannan?

Mammootty well known for encouraging debutant directors is contributing a new director to the Malayalam industry.

Buzz is that Mammootty is going to act and produce the movie. Anoop Kannan who has been the associate director of Lal Jose is the lucky guy.

Anoop is all set to do wonders with his first directorial venture.

Reports says that Mammootty is very impressed with the script written byClassmates fame James Albert.

James Albert had completed the screenplay of the movie.

Mammootty's Doubles on Vishu Day


Mammootty after August 15, is now backing on Doubles.
It will be his big Vishu release on April 15. The film directed by debutant Sohan Seenulal is a family drama based on the life of Giri and his twin sister Gowri.
One time favourite heroine of Malayalee audiences of the 80's Nadia Moidu is returning to Malayalam industry after 23 years with Doubles, where she plays Mammootty's twin sister.
 Even though Nadia had acted in many Tamil films after her marriage she has been waiting for a good project in Malayalam. Nadia is appearing in the sister's role as Gowri.

Mammootty and Nadia had paired up in many hits including Shyama and Poovinu Puthiya Poonthennal in the past. Tapasi will play Mammootty's love interest.
The star cast includes Salim Kumar, Suraj Venjarammoodu etc. Doubles is produced by Reels on Wheels and is scripted by Sachi Sethu duo.

Mammootty fans are expecting that movie will be a special  'Vishu Kaineetam' from the megastar.

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