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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.

Martin Prakkatt grabs Mammootty's dates again

Martin Prakkatt, ad maker turned film maker, should indeed be a very happy man.

His first film 'Best Actor', that told the story of a struggling actor who wants to make it big in films, was a huge success.

And if that isn't enough, Martin has grabbed Mammootty's dates yet again. The actor was apparently very pleased by a story that the director told him, and has asked him to go ahead with the project.

'Best Actor' was based on a story by Martin himself and was jointly scripted by Martin and Bipin Prabhakar.

King and Commissioner to start!

Suresh Gopi after years has made up with Mammootty.  Last week Suresh Gopi visited Mammootty's  at his house in Kochi. They buried the hatchet and agreed to work together in the multi-starrer King and Commissioner
The meeting was arranged by Anto Joseph, leading producer and Mammootty's right-hand man. Shaji Kailas and Renji Panicker were also present at the meeting.
Meanwhile Shaji Kailas- Mammootty team has delivered another dud in the form of August 15, a failure at the box-office. Shaji is going through one of the toughest time in his career, but now both Mammootty
and Suresh Gopi has decided to back him up.
The shooting of King and Commissoner will start from April 25 in New Delhi, followed by another 10 days in Hyderabad. Later the rest of the film will be shot in Kochi.  

Mammootty will play Thevalliparambil Joseph Alex IAS in the movie who will clash with Bharath Chandran IPS to be done by Suresh Gopi.

Renji Panikkar is going to write a script for Shaji Kailas after 17 years!

Kerala rival fronts have 50-50 chance: Mammootty

Thiruvananthapuram, March 25 (IANS) He has been chairman of the CPI-M-backed Kairali TV channel since its inception in the mid-90s. Nevertheless veteran superstar Mammootty believes Kerala's rival fronts have an equal chance in next month's assembly polls.

'It is going to be a 50-50 chance because everything is unpredictable and the scenario is changing by the day,' Mammootty told IANS over phone from Hyderabad, where he is shooting for his latest film '1993 Bombay March 12'.

Kerala goes to the polls April 13 to elect 140 legislators.

Despite his affiliation to the ruling Left Democratic Front (LDF), the superstar maintains good relations with politicians cutting across political parties.

'The week before the election date would be the most crucial and the outcome of the polls and who forms the government will depend on the events that unfold during that period,' believes Mammootty.
Asked if he would vote, he said, 'It will depend on my schedule and where I am on that day.' Over the years, ever since he shifted base from Chennai to Kochi, he and his wife have rarely missed the chance to vote.

Mammootty's newest blockbuster 'August 15' hit the theatres Thursday and the initial reports are good.

August 15 - Review

Director Shaji Kailas has taken the character of the likeable cop Perumal from the 1988 film August 1 (directed by Siby Malayil) and has made the thriller, August 15.

While the earlier film (inspired from the 1973 movie The Day of the Jackal) was full of lively and powerful characters, including a tough looking professional killer played by Captain Raju, the new version is a letdown, without a credible storyline or a worthy script.

A feel of the earlier movie is intentionally maintained all along, but it turns out to be a meek looking misadventure.

Chief Minister Vasudevan (Nedumudi Venu) is in a critical condition in the hospital following a stroke and the top brass of the police is shocked to learn that actually he had been poisoned by someone.

The search for the culprit begins soon and the investigation is entrusted with Perumal (Mammootty). The killer and the main persons who plot against the chief minister are revealed pretty early and then, it is the investigation process that should be a gripping one. Sadly, it doesn’t happen so and the unraveling of the mystery is a boring affair here.

With an old narrative style, the film appears to be a never ending affair for the viewers, though the length is about two and a half hours. S N Swami’s script is too old fashioned and is based on a rather flimsy plot. The visuals by Pradeep Nair are okay.

In a role where his heroism is celebrated in virtually every frame, Mammootty looks handsome and has done the role in a devoted way. But all the efforts are not enough to salvage a poorly written film. Of course, there is enough for the gallery, as he takes on even the fiery criminals all alone, in style with his sunglasses intact and often without a gun!

Meghna Raj and Swetha Menon, the female leads as per the posters, have nothing much to do. Lalu Alex, as a silly ADGP, does manage to tickle the funny bone at times. Now, it is certainly not fair to compare a character in a film with one in the earlier version, but the professional killer played by Siddique is nowhere near the one made famous by Captain Raju.

You’ve to admit it,August 15 which is meant to be a thriller, fails to do so. Even if you are a hardcore fan of Mammootty, it won’t entertain you much.


Mammootty Special Rating : 3.5/5

August 15 : Review

August 15

Language: Malayalam

Release Year: 2011

Cast: Mammootty, Lalu Alex, Siddiq, Thalaivasal Vijay, Biju Pappan, Balachandran Chullikad, Meghana Raj, Swetha Menon, Renjith, Jagathi Sreekumar, Kochupreman

Producer: M Mani

Director: Shaji Kailas

August 15 has been directed by Shaji Kailas, written by S. N. Swami, and produced by M. Mani. It stars Megastar Mammootty in the lead role.

The film is a sequel to the 1988 bumper hit film August 1 that was directed by Sibi Malayil and written by S. N. Swami. Mammootty had played Perumal in the film, the hotshot cop who saved the Chief Minister from being assassinated.

Mammootty would plays the character of the Crime Branch officer Perumal once again in 'August 15', and this time around, he would investigate into another assassination attempt on the Chief Minister of Kerala, this time on the 15th of August, the Independence Day of India.

Lalu Alex, Siddiq, Thalaivasal Vijay, Biju Pappan, Balachandran Chullikad, Meghana Raj, Swetha Menon would offer support. Meghna plays a Cyber Cell officer, while Swetha plays a doctor, both of whom support Perumal in his investigations.

'August 15' would be Mammootty's first release f the year and is eagerly expected by fans to be another blockbuster.

Mammooty is such a professional actor: Tapasi

Actress Tapasi who has created waves with her debut film 'Aadukalam' is all excited about her first Malayalam project 'Doubles'.

She is in awe of her co star Mammootty, and says that he is a truly professional actor. "He is so experienced. I could learn so much from him, and helped me a lot with my Malayalam dialogues," says Tapasi.

"Director Sohan Seenulal was really helpful as well. He would talk to me in Hindi, and that made me even more comfortable on the sets," said the really pleased actress.

Tapasi, who is a software engineer by profession is a Sikh, who hails from Delhi. After the release of 'Aadukalam' she has been flooded with offers from Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.

August 15 releases tomarrow

Mammootty'sAugust 15was puzzling Mollywood fans with its release date. Now it has been finally announced that August 15 will hit screens this coming Friday. This Shaji Kailas directed venture is a sequel of the 1988 movie August 1, starring Mammootty and Urvashi. August 15 was originally scheduled for a release on December 25th last year, but was later postponed to January 26th, and finally to March 25th.

Mammootty, as in the original, will appear as a police officer who safeguards the Chief Minister from an assassination attempt. The similar plot adopted will also have scenes appealing to the current political situation in Kerala, where an election for the State Legislature is scheduled on April 13th.
August 15 is Mammooty's first release of 2011 and the film is scripted by S.N. Swamy. The cast includes Siddique, Thalaivasal Viay, Saikumar, Balachandran Chullikad, Swetha Menon and Meghna Raj. Yakshiyum Njanum fame Meghna Raj is the heroine

Mammootty and Mamta bags Mathrubhumi Awards

Super star Mammootty and Mamta Mohandas has been chosen as the 'best actor' and 'best actress' respectively in the Mathrubhumi-Kalyan Silks Chalachitra Award.
Mammootty has been selected for his role in 'Pranchiyettan and the Saint', while Mamta has been chosen for her role in 'Katha thudarunnu', a release said here.
Renjith has been selected as the 'best Director'.
Lyricist-Rafeeq Ahamed; Music Director-M Jayachandran; Playback Singer (male): Vijay Yesudas; Playback Singer (Female) Shreya Ghoshal; Child Artiste: Alexander.
Innocent has been chosen for special award for his roles in 'Katha Thudarunnu' and 'Pranchiyettan and the Saint'.
The award will be presented on April 3 at Thrissur, the release added.

Mammootty on a city cleaning spree

Megastar Mammootty along with actors Lal and Kottayam Nazir embarked on a city cleaning spree at Alappuzha.

The actors were seen cleaning the city on a Corporation vehicle, as part of the shooting of the film 'Bombay 1993: March 13'.

The film is being directed by Babu Janardhanan and marks his directorial debut. Mammootty plays the role of Sameer, a Corporation city cleaner in the film. He would also be playing another major role in the film.

Special screening of ‘Dr. Ambedkar' evokes good response in Hosur

Mammootty starred 'Dr. Ambedkar', a film on the life of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the architect of Indian Constitution, evoked good response from the audience in Hosur on Sunday.

The film, screened at Raghavendra Theatre on the Denkanikottai Road, attracted students, officials and members of Dalit associations in the district.

The screening was organised by the Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers' and Artistes' Association. More than 1,000 people viewed the film, said State Deputy Secretary of the Association Aadhavan Theetchanya.

Association secretary N. Gopal, and president R. Tamilselven co-ordinated the special screening.

As many as 150 students from John Bosco Girls Higher Secondary Higher Secondary School also watched the film on Sunday.

The film, starring Mammootty and Sonali Kulkarni presented a vivid picture on the major decisions taken by Dr. Ambedkar during critical moments in Indian history. The film captures the leader's efforts for the socio-economic uplift of the downtrodden. The Tamil Nadu Progressive Writers and Artistes Association had approached the 
National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) for screening the film in various parts of the State.

The film had already been screened in Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, Salem, Tirupur and Erode districts.

Upendra to remake ‘Best Actor’

After seeing a super duper hit in the film ‘Super’, Kannada super star Upendra is all set to remake the recent Malayalam Mega Star Mammootty starrer ‘Best Actor’ in Kannada.

Upendra who recently watched the Malayaam film was thrilled to the hilt and immediately decided to produce the film in Kannada. Upendra himself will play the Mammootty’s role.

‘Best Actor’ is about a school teacher who nurtures a secret dream of becoming a film actor. When a film crew comes to his village for a shooting, the teacher makes several attempts to realize his dream. Then a series of incidents changes his life.

Martin Prakkat, who debuted through this film as the director will also direct the Kannada version.

Sonia Agarwal not in Doubles

Sonia Agarwal, who had been mesmerising Kollywood with her meaty roles in Tamil films, made it clear that she is not appearing in the Malayalam movie 'Doubles' as reported earlier in many media. Citing the non appearance due to personal reasons, Sonia said that she is looking for more meaty roles in the language than in a song. 'Doubles' featuring Mammootty and Nadhiya Moidhu is currently in its final stages of production.

The actress admitted that she had been approached by the director of the movie Sohan Seenulal. She also added that she refused it politely and is in the lookout for full length roles. The only films that the actress has in hand in Tamil is 'Vaanam' a film by Krish, in which she will appear as the wife of Prakash Raj. She will also appear in a Telugu film as the heroine to Upendra.

Mammootty wins a hundred hearts

Mammootty has won many hearts over the years through his performance in movies. Now by promoting a noble cause, he has ensured that more than 100 children will live with perfect hearts for the rest of their lives.

Film actor Mammootty's plea over the social networking sites to mobilise help for the heart surgery of children has evoked aid worth about Rs. 1 crore within a day.

The request was made on behalf of the Hridaya Sparsham project of the Care and Share International Foundation, a charity organisation working towards removing the inequalities in society. Mammootty is a patron of the foundation.

Susheela George, the correspondent of Sherwood International School, Abu Dhabi, pledged support to undertake 100 surgeries over a period of five years.

The response came within 24 hours after the actor posted the request in social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and in his blog.

Five surgeries will be undertaken every three months using this assistance. The cost of surgery varies between Rs. 1 lakh and Rs. 1.25 lakh. Money for the first five surgeries will be deposited with the actor's office this Thursday.

“There are many pressing demands on your time and money; however, I strongly believe that Hridaya Sparsham is a worthy cause. It is an opportunity to give back to the world, which has given us so much. More importantly, it is an opportunity to give a child the one thing that no one should take away from him; his life,” Mammootty wrote in his request.

In addition to the aid from Abu Dhabhi, assistance for 30 more surgeries has also been received in response to the request.

The foundation expects more help in the days to come. It had already conducted 60-odd heart surgeries under the Hridaya Sparsham scheme while another 3,000 applications were pending.

Many of the applicants need immediate surgery and it was in view of this urgency that Mammootty chose to appeal to people through the social networking sites.

Those interested in making contributions may contact Fr. Thomas Kurian at 94964-51821, 0484-3103533 or email to


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