Mammootty Biography

    Mammootty aka Muhammad Kutty Ismail Paniparambil is an Indian film actor, producer, and the chairman of Malayalam Communications, which runs the Malayalam television channels Kairali TV, People TV and WE TV.

    In a career spanning over three decades, he has acted close to 400 films. Mammootty was a lawyer by profession. After establishing himself as a lead actor in the 1980s, his major breakthrough came with the commercial success of the 1987 film New Delhi. Mammootty has won three National Film Awards for Best Actor, seven Kerala State Film Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South.

    The Government of India has awarded him the Padma Shri for his contributions to the arts. He has also received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Kerala in January 2010 and from the University of Calicut in December 2010.

    Personal Life

    Mammootty was raised in the village of Chempu near Vaikom in Kottayam district, Kerala. He married Sulfath in 1979. They have two children, Surumi and Dulquer Salmaan.

    His younger brother Ibrahimkutty is also an actor. Ibrahimkutty's son Maqbool Salmaan is also a film actor.

    Films In Other Languages

    Mammootty has also acted in a few non-Malayalam movies which include Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Kannada and English films. In 1990, he made his Tamil debut in Mounam Sammadham, directed by K. Madhu.

    He has acted in Tamil films for directors including K. Balachander (Azhagan), Mani Ratnam (Thalapathy), Fazil (Kilippechu Kekkavaa), N. Linguswamy (Aanandham) and Rajiv Menon (Kandukondain Kandukondain) (1993). He played the role of Anantha Sharma in K. Vishwanath's Telugu film Swathi Kiranam (1992).

    He acted in the Kannada-Malayalam bilingual film Shikari in 2012. He made his debut in Hindi films through Thriyathri, which was released in 1989, though his first film as a leading actor was Dhartiputra. He starred in the biographical film Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar, directed by Jabbar Patel, which was in English. He also appeared in Sau Jhooth Ek Sach (2004).

    During the 2006 IIFA Awards ceremony held at Dubai, he openly criticised the organizers of the IIFA Awards for completely ignoring South Indian films by stating that the Bollywood film industry should stand up to competition from the South Indian film industry before calling itself international.

    Mammootty has had many of his Malayalam films dubbed into Telugu and Tamil cinema such as Doubles, Chattambinaadu, Parunthu, Annan Thambi, Thommanum Makkalum, Sethurama Iyer CBI and Pazhassi Raja among others.


    He has won 3 National Film Awards for Best Actor, 7 Kerala State Film Awards, and 13 Filmfare Awards South. In 1998, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contributions towards the arts. He has also received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Kerala in January 2010 and from the University of Calicut in December 2010.

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