Mammootty, the 'Big M' of Malayalam movie industry, turns 64 today. Muhammed Kutty Panapparambil aka Mammootty was born as the eldest son of Ismail Panapparambil and Fathima on September 7th, 1951 in a small village named Chempu in Kottayam district of Kerala.
Despite being from a traditional Muslim family with no movie background, Mammootty was deeply passionate about Cinema since his young age. As a young kid, he was always fascinated about being in the silver screen in different costumes, and aspired to become an actor one day.
This is how Mammootty celebrated his birthday..!
He started trying his luck in films since he joined the college for LLB. But, Mammootty was rejected by most of the filmmakers, who pointed out his looks and voice as the major minus points. Later, he completed the Law Graduation and started practicing as an advocate at Manjeri Court.
Even though he had appeared in the popular movie Anubhavangal Paalichakal in an uncredited role, Mammootty received his first solid offer in 1979, immediately after he married Sulfath. He decided to try his luck in films, with the complete support of his wife.
He made his lead role debut with Devalokam in 1979; but got the major breakthrough in his career with the antagonist role in Vilkkanundu Swapnangal. Later, Malayalam movie industry witnessed the growth of Mammootty from a non-actor, to one of the most brilliant actors in the Indian movie platform.
He holds the record for winning the maximum number of Best Actor trophies at the National Film Awards, along with Kamal Hassan and Amitabh Bachchan. He was also awarded the fourth highest civilian award of the country, Padma Shree in 1998.
Here we wish a very Happy Birthday to the Mega Star of Indian Cinema...
Check out the slides for some interesting facts about Mammootty
An Enthusiastic Kid
Mammootty was a highly enthusiastic kid, he was deeply interested in technology and vehicles, along with movies.
Man Of Surprises
Mammootty is a highly romantic person and always give surprises to his beloved wife Sulfath.
Mammootty is a bit strict yet friendly father to his kids, Dulquer Salmaan and Surumi. He hardly involves in the career decisions of his son.
Mammootty is a teetotaler. The actor was highly addicted to cigarettes at an young age, but gradually quit the habit for his kids.
Friendship With Mohanlal
Mammootty and Mohanlal, the onscreen rivals, are very close friends in real life. The duo has acted together in about 55 movies; which is a record.
Contemporary Of His Son
Mammootty is one among the rare actors who is fortunate enough to compete with his son; while both of them being the leading actors of the industry.
Most Loved Senior
Mammootty is doubtlessly the most-loved senior actor of M'town. He maintains a great bond with the young actors of the industry and always make sure that he supports them both personally and professionally.
Favourite Onscreen Pair
Mammootty has always stated that Suhasini Mani Ratnam is his favourite onscreen pair. Even the audience feels that Suhasini is the best pair for Mammootty.
Mammootty-Mohanlal-Rahman was one of the most popular actor combos in the history of Malayalam movie industry. They have acted together in several blockbuster films.
Mammootty is the Goodwill Ambassador of several social welfare campaigns, including the anti-drug campaign held by the Government of Kerala.
Here we wish a very happy birthday to the Mega Star of Indian Cinema, Mammootty.