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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.


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