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Star descends on tribal hamlet

A surprise visitor ignited sparks of joy and surprise among the tribal population of the Kundalakkudy Tribal Colony near Munnar the other day. The visitor was none other than the evergreen hero of Malayalam cinema, Mammootty.
The actor visited the tribal village to dedicate ‘Poorvikam’, a new welfare programme initiated by the Care and Share Foundation, which is headed by him.
The objectives of the programme include providing technical education to tribal youth, training in stitching to tribal women, a comprehensive health plan for the tribal people and an anti-drug campaign for the youth.
The visit of the super-star created a festive mood in the colony located 30 km away from Munnar.
Oorukoottam president Kanthaswamy and tribal head Gopalan Mooppan led the celebrations organised by the villagers to welcome the actor.
During the interaction, the tribal population shared their grievances with Mammootty. When a tribal youth Santhosh requested financial aid for a surgery to remove the tumour in his forehead, Mammootty promised him that the Foundation would take care of his medical treatment.
The tribals told the actor about the threats their community were facing. They complained that they were living on the edge. The actor assured them the support of the Care and Share Foundation to better their standards of living. Mammootty’s wife Sulfath also accompanied him during the visit.
Meanwhile, Care and Share managing director Fr Thomas Kurian Marettypuzha said that the ‘Poorvikam’ programme will be extended to tribal villages in other places in the state.
Tribal king Kozhimala Mannan Rajamannan was also present.

Mammootty is sweet 60 for Ragini Dwivedi

Ragini Dwivedi, the model-turned-actress who forayed into Sandalwood in the year 2009, with 'Veera Madhakari' opposite Sudeep, had long been eyeing for a slot in Mollywood. Her chance came when she got 'Kandhahar' in 2010 opposite Amitabh Bachchan and Ganesh Venkatraman.
she has got another chance to hit the top in Mollywood with another film opposite Mammootty, titled 'Face To Face'. Having been reluctant in accepting roles which need her to run around trees.
Ragini, who is working on the dates for the film, will be seen as the wife of Mammootty, who is more than double her age. "I don’t mind playing a wife to Mammootty. For me, he is sweet 60," chuckles Ragini, adding, "When you pick up a particular role, you know that you have to give an intense performance. Very few films are made on those lines. If my role is substantial, why do I have to worry about the age of the person with whom I am paired with?" asks Ragini.
Having made her mark in Tamil and Kannada films, she is now eagerly looking forward to the release of her next Kannada flick 'Shiva', which will see her opposite Hat-trick hero Shivarajkumar. "It is one amazing film, with great storyline and good songs," she concludes.


Mega audio release by Mega Stars

The last time the two superstars got together on stage was for the audio release of Mammootty’s Thappana.
This time, the occasion was the audio release of Mohanlal’sRun Babby Run. Dressed in a blue striped Tee and jeans, Mammootty presented a sharp contrast to Mohanlal, who was attired in a traditional shirt and mundu.
Speaking about Run Babby Run, Mohanlal said, “I am not going to repeat the cliché that my film is different; what I want is for the audience to watch the film in theatres and pass their verdict. I play the role of a TV channel cameraman and it is a thriller.”
Mohanlal has also crooned a melodious song Aatumanal payayil... which has been eliciting a good response from the listeners. The song visual shows Mohanlal frolicking with Amala Paul and is set in a sensuous mood.
Speaking about this number, Mohanlal said, “I am happy that I got an opportunity to sing this song and the response from the public has been very encouraging; so I am planning on crooning more songs!”
Mammootty, who took to the stage also complimented Mohanlal’s talent and said, “I have been hearing this song constantly on the airwaves and was wondering about the film name. It is only now that I realise that the song is from this film.
Though Run Babby Run is still to be released, I can confidently say that this song will be a super hit. It is one of Lal’s best songs.” On a lighter note he quipped, “Mohanlal can continue to sing!”
The others present on the occasion were producer Milan Jaleel, Siddique, B. Unnikrishnan, Johny Antony in addition to the director of the film Joshiy. Amala, busy with her Tamil film, could not make it to the audio release.


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